Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 3 My Great

  • Hardcover
  • 335 pages
  • Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 3 My Great Predecessors
  • Garry Kasparov
  • English
  • 19 October 2014
  • 9781857443714

2 thoughts on “Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 3 My Great Predecessors

  1. Manny Manny says:

    There's this SF short story by Algis Budrys that I've always liked called Nobody Bothers Gus It's a superman story with a twist The whole action takes place inside the space of about an hour in the garden of Gus's nice little house There's this government employee who's been given the unpleasant job of telling Gus that he's going to be served a forced purchase order because they want to build a freeway through his land The employee is nervous about delivering the message Gus is a big dangerous looking dude with a broken nose and the messenger is happy to accept a glass of lemonade and watch the baseball game before he explains exactly why he's thereThe reader rapidly becomes aware that Gus has superpowers He borrows the government guy's pen scrunches it up into a ball rolls it out into a flat sheet scratches the guy's name in it and then turns it back into a pen You can see the signature inside it But instead of freaking out the guy is unimpressed You must practice a lot he says brightly Gus does a couple things same reactionIt turns out that Gus's most impressive superpower is his anonymity No matter what he does people don't notice it There are other supermen out there Gus points to the TV screen where the Yankees' new man is just coming up to bat He asks the government guy if he's a baseball fan He is So what does he think of Halsey? The guy shrugs Okay I guess nothing special Halsey has smashed every baseball record in existence since he started six months ago But somehow this hasn't uite registered At the end of the story the government guy has finally got what he came for and he's getting up to leave Gus asks him to wait a moment He's a sports fan right? Yes sir Follows boxing too? Sure So who's the world heavyweight champion? The guy immediately says And who did he beat to win the title? It's on the tip of the guy's tongue but he just can't remember The reader recalls Gus's broken nose and thinks of course But the government guy still can't come up with the name Gus tells him it doesn't matterEver since reading this story I've wondered from time to time if it could be true Suppose there were holes in the world that you walked past without really noticing? They wouldn't be invisible; you just wouldn't care much about them When I read the third volume of Great Predecessors it did cross my mind for a second that Tigran Petrosian might be one of the supermen You probably never heard of him Well exactly He was World Chess Champion for six years from 1963 to 1969 He beat the great Botvinnik who had held the title for all but two of the years from 1948 to 1963 and he made it look uite easy A remarkable statistic from the ualifying tournament; Petrosian played fewer moves than any of the other competitors and used less time on the clock but he scored most points He was phenomenally good at speed chess where you only get five minutes for the whole game There was the time when the young Bobby Fischer was visiting Moscow and beating all the grandmasters in uick games They called in Petrosian to show him that the Soviets were still the best and he apparently delivered But Kasparov surprisingly doesn't give you any detailsIn fact it's remarkable how little Kasparov is able to say about Petrosian He's brilliant at analyzing the other World Champions; once he's put them under the microscope you almost feel you understand them too But with Petrosian it's just vague generalities He was terribly good at manoeuvering He spotted possible attacks and neutralized them before the opponent even realized that they might exist In his great period Petrosian lost less than one game a year Kasparov uotes the subdued Botvinnik who says that Petrosian had the most subtle style of any of his opponents Botvinnik felt as though his pieces were stuck in some kind of swamp; he just couldn't get them into contact with the enemy It's only in the endgames that Kasparov starts to feel secure He compares Petrosian's play with the optimal lines suggested by the computer and says you often find that all of Petrosian's moves are perfect That's uite unusual even for a World ChampionOf course if I'm right I won't have convinced you In fact five minutes from now you won't even remember what this review was about Nobody bothers Tigran

  2. Piet Piet says:

    I liked the Spassky chapter best so far Perhaps because Kasparov sees similarities in their respective styles and has personally encountered him and learnt some hard lessonsIt seems as if this chapter has a personal touch than the previous ones My only misgivings are about the elaborate computer analyses that often accompany the games

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Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 3 My Great Predecessors[Download] ✤ Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 3 My Great Predecessors By Garry Kasparov – This magnificent compilation of play from the 1960s through to the 1970s forms the basis of the third part of Garry Kasparov's long awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship This volu This magnificent compilation of play from the s on My PDF Å through to the s forms the basis of the third part of Garry Kasparov's long awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship This volume features the play of champions Tigran Petrosian and Boris Spassky .

About the Author: Garry Kasparov

Russian formerly Soviet chess grandmaster former World Chess on My PDF Å Champion writer and political activist whom many consider the greatest chess player of all time.