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Garry Kasparov is generally regarded as the greatest chessplayer ever. He was the thirteenth world champion, holding the title between 1985 and 2000 His tournament record is second to none, featuring numerous wins in the world's elite events, often by substantial margins. Over the last few years. show more Kasparov has taken first prize in ten consecutive major international events. show less
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Works by Garry Kasparov

Batsford Chess Openings (1989) 101 copies, 2 reviews
Fighting Chess: My Games and Career (1983) 77 copies, 1 review
Unlimited Challenge (1988) 72 copies, 2 reviews
The Test of Time (Russian Chess) (1985) 64 copies, 2 reviews
Kasparov Against the World (2000) 38 copies, 3 reviews
Lessons In Chess (1997) 9 copies
Checkmate Tactics (2010) 7 copies
El Campeon Ensena Ajedrez (2002) 7 copies
Politische partie (1987) 7 copies
Dva matča 5 copies
24 lecciones de ajedrez (1998) 4 copies
Scacco matto a Putin (2014) 3 copies
Ich setze auf Sieg (1989) 2 copies
Borisz Szpasszkij (2007) 1 copy
Skúška časom (1989) 1 copy
Ich gewinne immer (1991) 1 copy
Poutine, échec et mat (2012) 1 copy
Defensa Siciliana (1997) 1 copy
Táticas de Xeque-Mate (2012) 1 copy

Associated Works

Bobby Fischer: His Approach to Chess (1992) — Foreword, some editions — 75 copies
Kasparov and Deep Blue: The Historic Chess Match Between Man and Machine (1997) — Associated Name — 67 copies, 2 reviews
Kasparov versus Deep Blue: Computer Chess Comes of Age (1996) — Associated Name — 27 copies
Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories (2014) — Foreword — 19 copies
Kasparov V Deeper Blue (1997) — Associated Name — 17 copies
Man Versus Machine: Kasparov Versus Deep Blue (1997) — Associated Name — 10 copies
Deep Blue Versus Kasparov: Papers from the 1997 Workshop (1997) — Associated Name — 1 copy


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Kasparov is a great narrator, and he conveys a deep story of man/machine that is full of insights for the world today. I ennoyed his perspective reconstruction of important chess games, and the deep blue battles even though I am not much of a chess player.

The moral of the story is strong: AI, but for what, does if open our minds or black box them in...
yates9 | 6 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
I read this after the second invasion of the Ukraine. Kasparov is bang on the money for where Putin was headed. And I’m ashamed to say that I may have been duped by some of Putin’s rationalizations although I’ve never agreed the resort to brutal invasion was ever justified. If only more western leaders had read this book before we got to where we are now, Putin may have been prevented from going as far as he has. Now we’re faced with a much more intractable problem. My one complaint with the book is that Kasparov seems to repeat some of the same messages over and over. Makes it tougher to get through.… (more)
BBrookes | 9 other reviews | Jan 11, 2024 |
While not the main point of the book, I found myself more and more infuriated with not just our recent 3-4 Presidents but world leaders of the last 20 years.

A lot of people saw Putin coming, and weren't silent about it. And we did nothing.

Reading this while the invasion of Ukraine rages was extra.... extra.

One thing I found particularly poignant, having been scolded on social media more than once. "Do you want a nuclear war?" Putin of course threatens the use of Nukes because he knows that the west has grown so lazy and timid that even the idea of them makes us turn a blind eye to his transgressions.

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jwilker | 9 other reviews | Apr 6, 2023 |

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