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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.

Featured books by Garry Kasparov

How Life Imitates Chess

How Life Imitates Chess

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2008

Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 1 June. Using lessons he has learnt from his career as the world's most sucessful and well known chess players Kasparov shows the reader how to be more sucessful in life.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2 by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 3

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 3

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2020

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 3 by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Three

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Three

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Three by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1 by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess. Part One

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess. Part One

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess. Part One by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Four

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Four

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Four by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part One

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part One

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part One by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Two

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Two

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Two by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Five

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Five

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part Five by Garry Kasparov

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 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 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

Winter Is Coming

Author: Garry Kasparov Format: Paperback 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

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.