I've met enough KGB colonels in my life.

— Garry Kasparov

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A grandmaster needs to retain thousands of games in his head, for games are to him what the words of their mother tongue are to ordinary people, or notes or scores to musicians.

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It was not about losing my mental power;

it's about not feeling good about my contribution to the game.

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I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy.

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Excelling at chess has long been considered a symbol of more general intelligence. That is an incorrect assumption in my view, as pleasant as it might be.

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At the end of the day, it's all about money.

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When I was preparing for one term's work in the Botvinnik school I had to spend a lot of time on king and pawn endings. So when I came to a tricky position in my own games I knew the winning method.

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I think we have very steady records of President Putin, who inherited the country with democratic values.

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Ukraine had quite serious impact on the many Russians.

They could see that ordinary people in Ukraine which is a bordering state, very close to Russia, the people of this state are, they didn't want to tolerate anymore the power abuse by Ukrainian officials.

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Enormous self-belief, intuition, the ability to take a risk at a critical moment and go in for a very dangerous play with counter-chances for the opponent - it is precisely these qualities that distinguish great players.

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Nervous energy is the ammunition we take into any mental battle.

If you don't have enough of it, your concentration will fade. If you have a surplus, the results will explode.

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This is the essential element that cannot be measured by any analysis or device, and I believe it's at the heart of success in all things: the power of intuition and the ability to harness and use it like a master.

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Boris Vasilievich was the only top-class player of his generation who played gambits regularly and without fear ... Over a period of 30 years he did not lose a single game with the King's Gambit, and among those defeated were numerous strong players of all generations, from Averbakh, Bronstein and Fischer, to Seirawan.

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About Garry Kasparov

Quotes 262 sayings
Profession Celebrity
Birthday October 16

Ultimately, what separates a Winner from a Loser at the Grandmaster level is the Willingness to do the Unthinkable.

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The loss of my childhood was the price for becoming the youngest world champion in history. When you have to fight every day from a young age, your soul can be contaminated. I lost my childhood. I never really had it. Today I have to be careful not to become cruel, because I became a soldier too early.

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Any experienced player knows how a change in the character of the play influences your psychological mood.

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You can't overestimate the importance of psychology in chess, and as much as some players try to downplay it, I believe that winning requires a constant and strong psychology not just at the board but in every aspect of your life.

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The worst enemy of the strategist is the clock.

Time trouble... Reduces us all to pure reflex and reaction, tactical play. Emotion and instinct cloud our strategic vision when there is no time for proper evaluation.

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Tactics involve calculations that can tax the human brain, but when you boil them down, they are actually the simplest part of chess and are almost trivial compared to strategy.

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I have some strategical vision, I could calculate some few moves ahead and I have an intellect that is badly missed in the country which is run by generals and colonels.

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Chess continues to advance over time, so the players of the future will inevitably surpass me in the quality of their play, assuming the rules and regulations allow them to play serious chess. But it will likely be a long time before anyone spends 20 consecutive years as number, one as I did.

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The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough.

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In chess, bigamy is acceptable but monarchy is absolute.

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The ability to work hard for days on end without losing focus is a talent.

The ability to keep absorbing new information after many hours of study is a talent.

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For inspiration I look to those great players who consistently found original ways to shock their opponents. None did this better than the eighth world champion, Mikhail Tal. The "Magician of Riga" rose to become champion in 1960 at age twenty-three and became famous for his aggressive, volatile play.

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Russian Parliament today is a bunch of puppets that just fall in with the instructions from Kremlin.

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By this measure (on the gap between Fischer & his contemporaries), I consider him the greatest world champion

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By strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realize that this provides the foundation for the continuous development of chess mastery.

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When your house is on fire, you cant be bothered with the neighbors.

Or, as we say in Chess, if your King is under attack you don't worry about losing a Pawn on the Queen's side

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One does not succeed by sticking to convention.

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Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind and are then refined and improved by experience.

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I see my own style as being a symbiosis of the styles of Alekhine, Tal and Fischer.

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Putin can't afford to leave the office because he will be in real danger of being prosecuted for things he and his people did during their stay in power.

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This obligation to move can be a burden to a player without strategic vision.

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The Kremlin is constantly changing the rules of the game to suit its purposes.

We are not playing chess, we're playing roulette.

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A master looks at every move he would like to make, especially the impossible ones

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With each success the ability to change is reduced.

My longtime friend and coach Grandmaster Yuri Dokhoian, aptly compared it to being dipped in bronze. Each victory added another coat.

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It's quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.

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The highest Art of the Chess player lies in not allowing your Opponent to show you what he can do.

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It is quite clear, however, that there won't be any real changes with the current clan structure having seized power in the course of the Karabakh conflict.

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I’ve seen - both in myself and my competitors - how satisfaction can lead to a lack of vigilance, then to mistakes and missed opportunities.

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[Vladimir] Putin wants to keep [Bashar] Assad in power and expand his own military base in Syria, whatever the cost. I even believe he has an interest in more and more people fleeing the country. The flow of refugees improves his negotiating position toward the West, including the German chancellor.

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It was an impressive achievement, of course, and a human achievement by the members of the IBM team, but Deep Blue was only intelligent the way your programmable alarm clock is intelligent. Not that losing to a $10 million alarm clock made me feel any better.

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I learned that fighting on the chess board could also have an impact on the political climate in the country.

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I started playing chess when I was five years old.

I learned the moves from my mother, then worked with my father - and later trainers. My style became very technical. I sacrificed a lot of things. I was always hunting for the king, for the mate. I'd forget about my other pieces.

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Tarrasch's 'dogmas' are not eternal truisms, but merely instructional material presented in an accessible and witty form, those necessary rudiments from which one can begin to grasp the secrets of chess.

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Sometimes the hardest thing to do in a pressure situation is to allow the tension to persist. The temptation is to make a decision, any decision, even if it is an inferior choice.

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I may play some exhibition games so I don't want to quit the game of chess completely. I just decided and it's a firm decision not to play competitive chess anymore.

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Though I would have liked my chances in a rematch in 1998 if I were better prepared, it was clear then that computer superiority over humans in chess had always been just a matter of time.

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Nowadays games immediately appear on the Internet and thus the life of novelties is measured in hours. Modern professionals do not have the right to be forgetful - it is 'life threatening'.

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