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Garry Kasparov’s commentary at Sinquefield Cup, 2015

via ChessBase

by Albert Silver 

garryatsinq01a9/1/2015 – It was a relaxed and good-humored Garry Kasparov who appeared in the live commentary beside hosts Yasser Seirawan and Jennifer Shahade, and to the delight of spectators, he seemed in no hurry to leave. He spoke openly about a variety of topics including opening advice to Nakamura (to not repeat his mistake against Kramnik), effusive credit to Vishy Anand, and chess in the USA.

Opening advice

Jennifer Shahade: If you were working with Nakamura before this game (round eight with black against Magnus Carlsen), in light of the tournament score, what openings would you recommend for Nakamura…against Magnus specifically?

Garry Kasparov: (Instantly) The King’s Indian.

JS: We were speculating that he might try that again.

GK: You have to play your openings. It’s nothing against the Queen’s Gambit Declined. It’s very solid. I think that for Hikaru to play the Queen’s Gambit, it requires a lot of patience. Also, it’s the preparation: you have to know all the details, and Magnus has played it with both colors. Of course Magnus can play the King’s Indian, but there’s always a chance to complicate things, to create some counterchances. And even if you go down, you will be kicking and screaming. While here, you know, you will be just screaming. (laughs).

Yasser Seirawan: Without the kicking (laughing).… Read More

“Making the Right Moves”


via NORDIC Business Report

Garry Kasparov didn’t become a world chess champion by chance. Besides natural talent, relentless work for developing decision-making abilities and strategical thinking was always a critical part of his success.

Hidden in a chessboard’s 64 squares, there is a mind-boggling amount of logically possible chess positions. Garry Kasparov, the now 52-year old Russian, is widely considered to know more about those positions than any other human on the planet. Having won the chess world title as the youngest person ever, defending the title successfully several times in a row, and being ranked the world’s number one player for 20 years until his retirement in 2005, Kasparov’s merits speak for themselves.

Kasparov sits on a chair in a beautiful setting on the upper west side of Manhattan. He’s here to talk about strategy, a topic that every professional chess player knows a thing or two about. Kasparov is by any standards a master chess strategist and sure has made some bold moves in his personal life as well. Still, even for someone who has time and time again out-thought anybody sitting across a chessboard from him, the topic is by no means simple. That is why he want’s to highlight something important.

”I have to emphasize that my advice comes from my own experience, from the Garry Kasparov perspective. It is as unique as yours or anybody else’s. You should always be very cautious when trying to copy-paste. The formula that worked for someone else, might not work for you. Every decision is unique. Every person has their formula for decision making, it is like a fingerprint. You can’t rely 100% on the successes of others,” he explains.

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On Masha Gessen’s article in The New Yorker

Even death cannot save you from joining the Kremlin’s propaganda and historical revisionism. In fact, you are even more defenseless against it! As the invaluable Masha Gessen points out here, this is a natural part of Putin’s continuation of the Soviet practice of altering and controlling history to suit the present. Dissidents and artists who were persecuted and exiled are brought back and buried by a regime they would despise. Soviet brutality is whitewashed in order to whitewash Putin’s brutality. The eternal messages: only the all-powerful leader will defend you; human life is cheap; individual rights are toxic decadence from abroad; the people do not deserve power. – Garry Kasparov


The Dearly Departed Return to Russia

by Masha Gessen

Russia’s minister of culture, Vladimir Medinsky, wants to exhume the remains of composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, which have rested for over seventy years at Kensico cemetery, in Valhalla, New York, and re-inter them in Russia. “The greatest of the Russian geniuses, Sergei Rachmaninoff, has been portrayed in an utterly wrong way in the West recently,” said the minister. “Americans have the gall to privatize Rachmaninoff’s name,” he said, explaining that the composer, who left Russia in 1917, at the age of forty-four, is considered by Americans to be an American.


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