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14 answers from Gary Kasparov


By Spiros Tzelepis, Greece

World chess champion reveals himself

Gary Kasparov is one of the most successul professional chess players and has held the title of world champion for many years. Given the fact that chess is "a hot issue among many teenagers" I decided to present him in this interview. Surely, chess is a very productive way of spending one's free time and besides it helps to develop one's ability to think. Moreover, young people nowadays need role models who promote hard work as a way to succeed. Finally, Gary Kasparov is the champion who some years ago fought against Deep Blue, the computer manufactured by IBM for this purpose. I had always been curious to find out about how he felt when he has playing against a machine and in this interview, I found the answer.

  1. Which was your first contact with chess?

  2. What is it like to be a professional chess player?

  3. How did you decide to do this in your life?

  4. How do you feel when playing chess?

  5. What does chess represent for you?

  6. Is it just a profession or a passion?

  7. Some years ago, the whole world was watching anxiously your game with Deep Blue, the computer constructed by IBM. What do you think about this game?

  8. Starting from this point, I want to ask you about the relationship between machines and us.

    1. Do you think that such machines can be more capable of a human brain?

      • Only in some instances.
    2. Can they replace us?

      • Humans will always control machines.
    3. How was this game different from all the others you have played?

      • No emotion, no fatigue - just a computing monster.
  9. How did you feel when your opponent was not a human but a computer?

  10. Is it something you would do again just for the experience?

  11. What qualities should a chess player have in your opinion?

  12. How can these be acquired?

  13. Does the factor of cleverness matter in chess, or it is something one can learn through practice?

  14. What would you say to the youth who love chess and maybe some of them want to follow your steps?


Garry Kasparov was born on April 13, 1963 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, ex-USSR. By the age of seven, Garry was a child chess prodigy. At nine, he had already won a semifinal of the "blitz" championship for adults in Baku. In 1976, aged only 12, he achieved his first great victory thanks to his relentless work and won the Soviet Junior Championship. He became the youngest player in the history of this competition to win such a title.

In 1979 he celebrated his 16th birthday and for the first time, entered a foreign adult tournament. Garry finished first ahead of fourteen Grand Masters.

In 1980, he won the World Junior Championship.

At 21, Garry Kasparov was the youngest player in chess history to compete in a World Championship final match.

On November 9, 1985 Garry became the youngest ever World Chess Champion when he beat Anatoli Karpov. This made him the 13th World Champion and he had already become the number one ranked player in the world.

In January of 1990, Kasparov created two milestones in chess history. First, he moved past Bobby Fischer's best ever rating of 2785 and then broke the magical 2800 sound barrier. He was the first player in Chess history to do so. At that time, it was the chess equivalent of breaking the four-minute mile.

In 1999, after winning the three major events of that year, he created a new milestone by topping the 2850 ELO ratings mark. (The only player to do so.)

From December 1981 to February 1991, Kasparov made chess history by not losing a single event for nearly ten years. This was the period in which he created the reputation of invincibility.

At this time, Kasparov is just a few months short of holding the #1 rating in the world for an incredible 18 years (late 1984 - late 2002).


Special thanks to David Boor and the IBM Deep Blue team. Also special thanks to Mr Owen Williams, Worldwide agent for Gary Kasparov. Gary Kasparov's photo from http://www.jlevitt.dircon.co.uk/103kasparov.htm

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