Start your review of Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 1 Write a review Shelves: games , history-and-biography There are some books you love because you feel that the author is taking you into their confidence, and treating you as an equal. Well exactly! There were some moments that so reminded him of one of his own matches. Kasparov has a complete database of all the important games that have ever been played, with good search software.
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Start your review of Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 1 Write a review Shelves: games , history-and-biography There are some books you love because you feel that the author is taking you into their confidence, and treating you as an equal. Well exactly! There were some moments that so reminded him of one of his own matches.
Kasparov has a complete database of all the important games that have ever been played, with good search software. He has analysis engines that are even stronger than he is, and never get tired or make a careless slip. He has access to an enormous chess library. What a combination. I just read his comments to the last game of the Lasker-Schlechter World Championship match , played in We get some insightful comments about that. Then we proceed to the game itself.
Capablanca thought this, Alekhine thought that. We received an excellent suggestion from the floor here - Minev, just an ordinary Grandmaster. When he arrives at the most complex point of the game, no human can quite cut it any more; but he ran his computer for several hours, and now we finally know the truth.
Cocteau famously joked that Victor Hugo was a madman who believed he was Victor Hugo; he could equally well have said that Garry Kasparov was a madman who believed he was Garry Kasparov.
As the book progresses, Kasparov logically traces the relationships between the great players of history, and how each one influenced the others. Every now and then, he says a little about himself. This theme becomes increasingly pronounced as we get closer to the present.
He considers that he is primarily an heir to the Chigorin-Alekhine-Tal line dynamic attacking players , but also to the Philidor-Steinitz-Botvinnik school the scientific approach and the Capablanca-Fischer-Karpov line intuitive positional play. So, to sum up, he sees himself as the end-product of years of chess development, where all the bloodlines come together. The Kwisatz Haderach of chess, as Frank Herbert might have put it. But the truly incredible thing is that he might be right.
Just imagine being able to feel that way about yourself.
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My Great Predecessors, part I My Great Predecessors comprises five volumes: Part I starts with a chapter about some of the unofficial world champions before , though much of the commentary focuses on Adolf Anderssen and Paul Morphy. Spassky challenged Petrosian unsuccessfully in , but defeated him in their rematch. The primary focus of this volume is the eleventh World Champion Bobby Fischer. Korchnoi and Karpov played three matches in the World Championship, in , , and
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 1
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