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Garry Kasparov - Author

About the Author

Garry Kimovich Kasparov was born Gary Weinstein in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR in 1963. Kasparov learned to play chess from his father who later died in a road accident when he was 7 years old. He subsequently changed his name to Kasparov, a Russified version of his mother's maiden name, Kasparyan. Kasparov's chess talent was apparent at an early age. In 1973 he attended the Botvinnik Chess School and Kasparov continued to make rapid progress. In 1975 at the age of 12 he became the youngest ever player to win the USSR Junior Championship. At 16 he won the World Junior Championship. He achieved the title of Grandmaster on his 17th birthday
In 1984 he challenged the current reigning World Champion, Anatoly Karpov for the title. This match was a hard fought battle and lasted 6 months, the longest in the history of chess. It was finally stopped by Florencio Campomanes, president of FIDE and a rematch ordered. In November 1985 Kasparov won the rematch against Karpov and  became the youngest World Champion at the age of 22 years.
After long term friction with the international chess organisation, FIDE, Kasparov set up the rival organisation, the Professional Chess Association (PCA) and arranged a World Championship match in 1993 in which he beat British Grandmaster, Nigel Short. At the same time FIDE held their official Championship match between former World Champion, Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman which Karpov won. Both Kasparov and Karpov claim the title of World Champion.
In 1996 Kasparov competed in a six game match against an IBM computer called Deep Blue. Kasparov won with a score of 4 games to 2 games.  The following year, he competed against an improved version called Deeper Blue and was defeated 3.5 games to 2.5 games. It was the first time a Grandmaster had lost a series of games to a computer. He is currently the highest rated player there has ever been in the history of chess.

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Deep Thinking Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Deep Thinking Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Author: Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

In May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. It was a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect. It wasn't a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man's fight against the machines. Chess has long been the fulcrum in development of machine intelligence; the hoax automaton 'The Turk' in the 18th century and Alan Turing's first chess program in 1952 were two early examples of the quest for machines to think like humans -- a talent we measured by their ability to beat their creators at chess. As the pre-eminent chessmaster of the 80s and 90s, it was Kasparov's blessing and his curse to play against each generation's strongest computer champions, contributing to their development and advancing the field. Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. During the twenty years since playing Deep Blue, he's played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he's become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer. In this breakthrough book, Kasparov tells his side of the story of Deep Blue for the first time -- what it was like to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent -- the mistakes he made and the reasons the odds were against him. But more than that, he tells his story of AI more generally, and how he's evolved to embrace it, taking part in an urgent debate with philosophers worried about human values, programmers creating self-learning neural networks, and engineers of cutting edge robotics.

Deep Thinking Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Deep Thinking Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Author: Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2017

In May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. It was a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect. It wasn't a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man's fight against the machines. Chess has long been the fulcrum in development of machine intelligence; the hoax automaton 'The Turk' in the 18th century and Alan Turing's first chess program in 1952 were two early examples of the quest for machines to think like humans -- a talent we measured by their ability to beat their creators at chess. As the pre-eminent chessmaster of the 80s and 90s, it was Kasparov's blessing and his curse to play against each generation's strongest computer champions, contributing to their development and advancing the field. Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. During the twenty years since playing Deep Blue, he's played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he's become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer. In this breakthrough book, Kasparov tells his side of the story of Deep Blue for the first time -- what it was like to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent -- the mistakes he made and the reasons the odds were against him. But more than that, he tells his story of AI more generally, and how he's evolved to embrace it, taking part in an urgent debate with philosophers worried about human values, programmers creating self-learning neural networks, and engineers of cutting edge robotics.

Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2017

Garry Kasparov's 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: a machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at this most cerebral game. That moment was more than a century in the making, and in this breakthrough book, Kasparov reveals his astonishing side of the story for the first time. He describes how it felt to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent with the whole world watching, and recounts the history of machine intelligence through the microcosm of chess, considered by generations of scientific pioneers to be a key to unlocking the secrets of human and machine cognition. Kasparov uses his unrivaled experience to look into the future of intelligent machines and sees it bright with possibility. As many critics decry artificial intelligence as a menace, particularly to human jobs, Kasparov shows how humanity can rise to new heights with the help of our most extraordinary creations, rather than fear them. Deep Thinking is a tightly argued case for technological progress, from the man who stood at its precipice with his own career at stake.

Garry Kasparov's Chess Challenge

Garry Kasparov's Chess Challenge

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2016

In this stimulating book for players of all ages, Garry Kasparov selects the best chess combination from recent grandmaster play and presents them in a test-yourself format that everyone will enjoy. Whether you are a beginner discovering chess tactics for the first time or a master seeking to brush up on your skills, this book is sure to be a useful addition to your chess armoury. The cream of recent chess combinations . Dozens of fascinating chess positions . Suitable for novice and master alike. Written by the world's finest attacking player Since defeatingAnatoly Karpov for the world championship in 1985 Garry Kasparov has successfully defended his title on no less than five occasions, thereby establishing himself as the greatest player of all his generation, if not of all time.

Garry Kasparov's Chess Puzzle Book

Garry Kasparov's Chess Puzzle Book

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2016

Test your chess skills with the world champion! In this stimulating book Garry Kasparov selects the best chess combinations from recent grandmaster play and presents them in a test-yourself format that everyone will enjoy. Each chapter demonstrates the tactical properties of a particular piece, with a series of puzzles of varying difficulty. . The cream of recent chess combinations . More than 90 chess positions . Ideal for the improving player . Written by the world's finest attacking player Since defeating Anatoly Karpov for the world championship in 1985, Garry Kasparov has successfully defended his title on no less than five occasions, thereby establishing himself as the greatest player of his generation, if not of all time. Test your chess skills with the world champion! In this stimulating book Garry Kasparov selects the best chess combinations from recent grandmaster play and presents them in a test-yourself format that everyone will enjoy. Each chapter demonstrates the tactical properties of a particular piece, with a series of puzzles of varying difficulty. . The cream of recent chess combinations . More than 90 chess positions . Ideal for the improving player . Written by the world's finest attacking player Since defeating Anatoly Karpov for the world championship in 1985, Garry Kasparov has successfully defended his title on no less than five occasions, thereby establishing himself as the greatest player of his generation, if not of all time. Test your chess skills with the world champion! In this stimulating book Garry Kasparov selects the best chess combinations from recent grandmaster play and presents them in a test-yourself format that everyone will enjoy. Each chapter demonstrates the tactical properties of a particular piece, with a series of puzzles of varying difficulty. . The cream of recent chess combinations . More than 90 chess positions . Ideal for the improving player . Written by the world's finest attacking player Since defeating Anatoly Karpov for the world championship in 1985, Garry Kasparov has successfully defended his title on no less than five occasions, thereby establishing himself as the greatest player of his generation, if not of all time. itle on no less than five occasions, thereby establishing himself as the greatest player of his generation, if not of all time.

Winter Is Coming Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Winter Is Coming Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2016

The stunning story of Russia's slide back into a dictatorship - and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen. The ascension of Vladimir Putin - a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB - to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years - as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him - Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an international threat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the centre of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order. For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin's intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world. As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint - only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgement, winter is once again upon us. Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.

Winter Is Coming Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Winter Is Coming Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2015

The stunning story of Russia's slide back into a dictatorship,and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen.The ascension of Vladimir Putin,a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB,to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years,as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him,Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an internationalthreat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the centre of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order.For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin's intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world.As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint,only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgment, winter is once again upon us.Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.

Winter Is Coming (INTL PB ED) Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Winter Is Coming (INTL PB ED) Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2015

The ascension of Vladimir Putin--a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB--to thepresidency of Russia in 1999 should have been a signal that the country was headedaway from democracy. Yet in the intervening years--as America and the world's otherleading powers have continued to appease him--Putin has grown not only into a dictatorbut a global threat. With his vast resources and nuclear weapons, Putin is at the centre ofa worldwide assault on political liberty.For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over adecade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008Presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin'sintentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with the realization of a darker truth: Putin'sRussia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of theworld. He is still fighting the Cold War, even as Americans have first moved beyond it,and over time, forgotten its lessons.Lest we be drawn into another prolonged conflict, Kasparov now urges a forceful stand--diplomatic and economic--against him.For as long as the world's powerful democraciescontinue to recognize and negotiate with Putin, he can maintain credibility in his homecountry. He faces few strong enemies within his country, so meaningful opposition mustcome from abroad.Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for hishome country, Winter is Coming is an unmistakable call to action against a threat we'veignored for too long.

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

The stunning story of Russia's slide back into a dictatorship-and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen.The ascension of Vladimir Putin-a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB-to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years-as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him-Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an internationalthreat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order.For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin's intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world.As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint-only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgment, winter is once again upon us.Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.

Winter Is Coming Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Winter Is Coming Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2015

The ascension of Vladimir Putin - a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB - to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years - as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him - Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an international threat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the centre of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order. For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin's intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world. As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint - only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgement, winter is once again upon us. Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part III: 1993-2005 1993-2005

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part III: 1993-2005 1993-2005

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2014

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part III is the final volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time. Kasparov's series of historical volumes have received great critical and public acclaim for their rigorous analysis and comprehensive detail regarding the developments in chess that occurred both on and off the board. The first two volumes in this series saw Kasparov emerging as a huge talent, toppling his great rival Anatoly Karpov and then defending the World Championship title on three occasions. This third volume focuses on the final 12 years of Kasparov's career up until his retirement from full-time chess in 2005.

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 3

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 3

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2: 1985-1993 1985-1993

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2: 1985-1993 1985-1993

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2013

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part II is the second volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time Part I of this series saw Kasparov emerging as a huge talent and eventually toppling his great rival Anatoly Karpov to gain the world title. This volume focuses on the period from 1985-1993 which witnessed two further matches against Karpov as well as Kasparov's first title clash with a non-Karpov opponent when he successfully defended his title against Nigel Short in London in 1993. In this period Kasparov emphasized his huge superiority over his rivals. Despite generally adopting an uncompromising, double-edged attacking style he almost never lost. The games in this volume feature many masterpieces of controlled aggression played against the world's absolute best.

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2 1985-1993

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2 1985-1993

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2013

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1: 1973-1985 1973-1985

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1: 1973-1985 1973-1985

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2011

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, part 1 is the first book in a major new three-volume series. This series will be unique by the fact that it will record the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time. The series in itself is a continuation of Kasparov's mammoth history of chess, comprising My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov's historical volumes have received great critical and public acclaim for their rigorous analysis and comprehensive detail regarding the developments in chess that occurred behind the scenes. This new volume and series continues in this vein with Kasparov scrutinising his most fascinating encounters from the period 1973-1985 whilst also charting his development away from the board. This period opens with the emergence of a major new chess star from Baku and ends when Kasparov finally clinches the world crown - becoming, at 22, the youngest player ever to do so.

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1 1973-1985

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1 1973-1985

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011