Return of Garry Kasparov

It was pleasant watching a couple of days Rapid & Blitz in Saint Louis (14-18th August 2017), chess capital of the world. No restrictions and payments for online viewing like with FIDE concession to Russians organizing Karjakin-Carlsen World Chess Championship 2016 in New York. The chess benefactors Rex Sinquefield and his wife Jennie were rather concerned with promotion of chess
http://grandchesstour.org/2017-grand-chess-tour/stlrb

claiming 670 billion impressions in all media for last year Sinquefield event expecting to reach this year 1 trillion!! Let this be one in the trillion impression.

Kasparov interviewed by Maurice Ashley

(L to R) Garry Kasparov interviewed by Maurice Ashley

Moderator GM Seyrawan said how nice it was seeing Kasparov getting back into competition and shaking off the rust, especially on the 2nd day (18/08) of Blitz in St Louis.

“Vintage Garry at his very best against Leinier Dominguez,” was one of the praises. And here is that game with my annotations with the help of Stockfish-8 chess engine.

Dominguez (left) playing Karjakin in Berlin

Dominguez (left) playing Karjakin at the World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championship in Berlin 2015

Is Leinier Dominguez Perez new Capablanca? Whatever associations may be, Cuba again has a player among top grandmasters. I already noticed him two years ago during World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championship in Berlin, making his way to the 4 top tables on the stage.
His current ratings (albeit without St. Louis Rapid & Blitz?? https://ratings.fide.com/)

std. 2739 rapid 2803 blitz 2796
24 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2739 born 1983

In the interview conducted by one of the hosts GM Maurice Ashley, moderator GM Seyrawan asked Kasparov: “Were you trying to get Najdorf Sicilian [in the game against Dominguez] after 12 years?” and “Is it the age or 12 years break [that affected you]?”

“Combination of the two,” said Garry, who was enourmously talkative, friendly and affable, just a very sincere and so natural – there was nothing of haughtiness that one would assign to famous people.

“Korchnoi was much older (b.1931) in his late chess career and Smyslov, who with 63yr played Candidates’ Final,” said Garry.

(In 1983, at the age of 62 Smyslov succeed to qualify for the Candidates’ Final (the match to determine the challenger of then world champion Anatoly Karpov). He lost 8½ – 4½ at Vilnius 1984 to Garry Kasparov, who was only 21yr at the time.)

“You’re still young guy at 54,” told him the comentator and interviewer GM Ashley.

At the closing ceremony there were many talks about Garry’s comeback out of retirement. He repeated as in the interview with M.Ashley that it was rather his attempt to promote Saint Louis tournaments and as an ambassador of chess he was very much satisfied that this goal was achieved rather then his competition result (although he was 5th in Blitz with 9 out of 18).

Then he added, motioning towards a shy guy from Czech Republic, “For the rest of my life I’ll remember the Navara moment.” This game, in which he lost from a winning position to GM David Navara, who outplayed his venerable opponent with only 20sec on the clock, you’ll find here:
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1883776

as well as its video footage (the 2nd part is the shocking finish !!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCL70Dk7SnQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM0JuE_XXOA

But Maurice Ashley was insistant “Is it really the last time you played?”
“Never say never,” joked Kasparov adding “but I am protected as amateur”. Another revelation for us, that Garry is not anymore a professional player, (btw FIDE player profile card says: FIDE Arbiter/Trainer).

While searching for Garry’s Fritztrainer videos about Najdorf Sicilian, that was the opening in the game between him and Dominguez, I was pleasantly surprised that Kasparov continued his work as a writer giving us his views of the famous Man against Machine – IBM supercomputer Deep Blue 1997 match.
“Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins” (1st Ed.), 2017

Deep Thinking book by Garry Kasparov, on the right is a cover of the European edition

Deep Thinking book by Garry Kasparov, on the right is a cover of the European edition

Garry Kasparov results @ St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, including the full score table:

Nr. Rank Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Sc.Rpd Sc.Rx2 Sc.Bltz Sc.Comb
1 1 GM Aronian, Levon  #### 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 6 12 12½ 24½
2 T-2 GM Karjakin, Sergey 0 ½ ½  #### ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 0 4 8 13½ 21½
3 T-2 GM Nakamura, Hikaru ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½  #### 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 11 10½ 21½
4 4 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½  #### ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 5 10 10 20
5 T-5 GM Dominguez, Leinier 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0  #### 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 9 16½
6 T-5 GM Caruana, Fabiano 0 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0  #### 0 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 11 16½
7 T-5 GM Le, Quang Liem 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1  #### 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 4 8 16½
8 8 GM Kasparov, Garry ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 ½  #### ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 7 9 16
9 9 GM Anand, Viswanathan 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½  #### 1 ½ ½ 7 7 14
10 10 GM Navara, David 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½  #### 7 6 13

 

First game is Rapid single round-robin, which was then counted double for the Total score.
Underlined results of Kasparov games and his opponents are with White pieces.

One thought on “Return of Garry Kasparov

  1. Very nice report and game analysis. I was watching that event online too and now I see this was not an easy job to do. Guys, give some support to the enthusiast who did it!

    Best regards,
    Miroslav

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