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Kasparov's analysis
board position for each move
The world team's analysis
Danny King's (Grandmaster and official commentator) comments
FIDE World-champion Alexander Khalifman's (Cologne) Grand Master Chess School Comments and analysis
Press articles
Anand’s comments and Interview
pictures of the event
chat with Kasparov
Kasparov's biography
MSN-Interview with Kasparov
In-Game Chat with Danny King
Comments by Vladimir Dvorkovich
Lectures by Garry Kasparov
broad coverage of the move #51 scandal with interviews and chats
Garry Kasparov: The Man Behind the King
"Chess belongs on the Internet. We're creating a virtual chess space where many events can take place, and I believe
this gives chess a very good chance in the near future to become a public sport."
– Garry Kasparov
Garry Kasparov -- many articles have been written about him and many have interviewed him. But do many know of
his great contribution to the world of Chess? How many of you know that behind this world champion is a
mathematician, a computer expert, and an educator? Behind the king is a man – a person who is respected and
appreciated for his contribution to the world.
Behind-the-Scenes with Garry Kasparov
Before the event, Garry Kasparov came to
thoughts about the Kasparov vs. the World event, playing chess online, the future of the chess world, and the ne
generation of chess players.
our MSN studios for a chat. He took some time to share with us his
Kasparov: I had been watching my parents trying to solve some chess studies, and I was so amazed at this m
game that I tried to understand the rules, and I guessed some moves. Later, my father taught me how to play chess at
age six.
Zone: What qualities, attributes or skills do you have that has given you an edge in your reign as World
Kasparov: First talent. That’s the number [one] quality you need to get to the top; also determination and my ab
to work hard and to concentrate when it’s necessary.
Zone: Tell us your thoughts about this Kasparov vs. the World event and how the Internet is changing the
game of chess.
Kasparov: This event on opens a new era in the history of chess. Successful completion, in my opinion,
will lead to the creation of a virtual chess space, where many other big events could take place in the future. Because
the Internet is a very good “box” for chess. Chess belongs on the Internet. Here, anyone can participate, anyone can
interact through the Internet, and that’s why I think modern technologies are giving chess the upper hand [over] the
traditional physical sports.
Zone: In this event, you’ll be playing against the upcoming chess generation – the young players who will
continue to grow the chess community. What do you think about playing with the next generation of chess
Kasparov: To play the next generation is always the challenge. I can remember, very well, the time when I was ve
young and I had to challenge all the players in the previous generation and then I played my generation. And now, I’m
a very lucky world champion. I’m playing successfully against [the] next generation, and in fact, not only playing
us who first introduced you to the game of chess, and how old were you?
one: Could you please tell
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successfully; I’m beating [the] next generation. I’m very proud to see how these young guys are dealing with [the]
computer. Because I believe the ultimate success of the next millennium will be related [to] computers and to see h
these young players are making the moves with computers is very important.
Zone: Tell us how you think the Kasparov vs. the World event is different or similar to the Deep Blue
Kasparov: There are differences and similarities of me playing Deep Blue, and me playing the rest of the wo [Th
game, and it involves playing so many people -- hundreds of thousands of people. And I think it’s better playing with
hundreds of thousands of humans rather than face 256 microprocessors. And I also think it’s important that anyon
who joins the world chess team, no matter if you’re a novice, a chess expert, or even a grandmaster, has the
opportunity to play.
I think the whole atm
no doubt that the overall atmosphere on during the match will be a friendly one. And that will be a very
good contribution for the game on the Internet.
Zone: What do you think about playing games online, especially chess?
Kasparov: Now on the Internet, chess as a game
interactively by people sitting in their dining rooms, or from their offices, or
And I think it gives chess an enormous advantage over traditional sport like tennis, basketball, or soccer, where y
can just play with simulators, not with the real game. This interactive element will make chess very successful
because I’m sure it will help us create a club atmosphere.
Zone: Playing the game online eliminates “face-to-face” contact, which can intimidate players. Do you th
player’s chess skills will improve when they’re playing online,
such as playing from home or in front of their computer?
Kasparov: Playing online is very different from playing one-on-one, such as in a normal chess environment or
normal tournament environment. I have to admit these games a
an important role in traditional chess. There is less psychology online.
could exercise one of its greatest advantages. It can be played
the kids can play from their classrooms.
ink a
since they’re in a more relaxed environment,
re quite different because the psychological role plays
Also, anyone can use a computer to assist a player during the event. Th
are not very good at chess, I think this combination gives a unique opportunity to feel part of something really big
happening; a high quality of chess that’s being played and you are part of this process.
Zone: Do you play any other games besides chess?
Kasparov: I play many games. But I had to decide at one point to limit my other activiti
professional, and every other game which is also attrac
very damaging for your profession.
Zone: So do you have a favorite game besides chess? Perhaps another game that you enjoy in your spare time
Kasparov: I don’t have a favorite ga
some of the mind games. But again, I also try to limit my involvement not to become very passionate about any other
games because I have to reserve at lot of energy for my main game, chess.
Zone: Do you have any superstitions?
Kasparov: I think we all have superstitions. I think it just depends on the st
are completely overtaken by that. Some o
superstitions. I like the number 13. I was born on April 13th. I’m the 13th world champion. So naturally, I look for
anything related to the number 13 to make myself comfortable. But at the end of the day, I know that it’s just a
superstition and maybe it’s not going to work. But if I discover something related to the number 13, it makes me
happy. (Zone comment: He says this with a smile.)
Zone: What are some of the new technologies that you are most excited about?
Kasparov: I think the most exciting technologies ar
the Internet is the future because it gives a chance to all the people to interact. And I
21st century without interacting on a regular basis.
Zone: After all these years of playing chess, what is it that makes this game continuously challenging for you?
Kasparov: Obviously when you’re trying to climb to
defend this position on the very top of the mountain, it’s also quite exciting. I decided at one point that maybe it’s tim
to set up a new record and not just to defend previous generations or your own generation, but to beat, convincingl
the next generation which I’m doing successfully now.
Zone: Do you think the World Team has a good chance to win?
Kasparov: In theory anything can happen. I am vulnera
opinion that this game is a one-sided game and that Garry Kasparov i
easily because the majority will never vote for a good move.
es because I’m a chess
tive takes your time. And every minute taken out of chess is
me. I play many games. I play Backgammon. I play many card games. I play
rength of the superstition. Some people
f them are just following that but it does not occupy their mind. I have some
e computer technology related to the Internet. Because I believe
cannot imagine our life in the
the top, that’s more exciting, but I’ve discovered when you
ble in a game of chess. And I would like to disregard the
s the clear favorite, and that he’s going to win
rld on
e] Deep Blue match was a very tough event, a very competitive match. Here, we’re also playing a
osphere will be friendlier by definition than in the match with Deep Blue, which was hostile by
efinition. Here, despite the fact that I will try to win and I believe the rest of the world will push hard to win, I have
at’s why I think the future form of chess on the
et will be more like what I call advanced chess, man plus computer vs. the same combination. For many people who
I think with the support of these young players, [the] experts, t
move, to play a steady game and to avoid any mistakes. Unlike in a tournament game, I cannot rely on the blunders o
my opponent. There will be no blunders. And the combination of man plus machine, even if we’re talking about a
very strong player, but a good reasonable player, someone with a knowledge of the game plus very powerful chess
software; this combination is dangerous. We’re going to see a very tough challenge on the world champion. We’ll see
a very high quality game.
he quality of the moves of my opponent or opponents
ill be enormously high and I will have to mobilize my resources and to play very carefully and to analyze each
A "Kasparov vs. The World" is an online, interactive ch
bout "Kasparov vs. The World"
ess tournament hosted by the MSN Gaming Zone, part of MSN’s
etwork of Internet services.
Kasparov, playing as White, m
countermove. The move receiving the most votes is selected as the World Team’s move against Kasparov.
ade the first move on June 21 and has made subsequent moves every 48 hours thereafter.
nce Kasparov’s move is posted to MSN, the World Team, playing as Black, has 24 hours to cast its vote for a
Throughout the chess match, the World Team makes its moves under the guidance of four chess experts who
Analysts are next-generation chess champions who have gained recognition in the international chess community:
act as
orld Team Analysts, suggesting moves and strategies to counter each of Kasparov’s moves. The World Team
Etienne Bacrot, 16, won first place at the Championnat de France 1999 in Besançon last week. Two years a
Etienne became the youngest grandmaster in history at age 14.
Florin Felecan, 19, is the highest-rated American chess player under 21.
Irina Krush, 15, is the U.S. women’s chess champion and youngest
Elisabeth Pähtz, 14, won first place on August 29 in the German Women’
Chemnitz in the former East Germany. This victory makes her the youngest national champion in German
history. Two years ago, at age 12, Elisabeth became Champion of the German Federal States in the under
e will conti
member of the U.S. Olympiad team.
s Individual Championships at
The gam
nue until one king is checkmated or the game declared a draw.
The analysts:
Etienne Bacrot
Born on January 22, 1983 in Picardie, France, Etienne Bacrot began playing chess at age 4 and won his first junior
championships in Hungary and Czechoslovakia at age 10. He has followed the teachings of internationally ranked
players including Grandmaster Iossif Dorfman and World Champion Garry Kasparov.
Bacrot surprised the chess world in 1995 when he qualified for the Intel Grand Prix in Paris and competed against the
previous champion, Vladimir Kramnik. In that year he became an International Master and defeated Anatoly Karpov
Vassily Smyslov, a former world champion, said after his loss to Etienne, "I thought I was playing a child, but I am
certain I played a Grandmaster."
In March 1997, Etienne Bacrot became the youngest Grandmaster in chess history at Enghien-les-Bains, France at the
age of 14 years and 2 months. He held that distinction until December of that year. Later this year, Etienne will
compete in the French national championships and will challenge GM Alexander Beliavsky in the 27th Mondial. We
are delight
ed to have this exceptional young player as one of our Chess Analysts. Stop in and meet Etienn
e in our Chat
--Art Fazakas
Florin Felecan
Born on April 7,1980, Florin Felecan began playing chess at age 8. Trained by his father, he entered his first
tournament in 1989. From 1992 to 1994, he competed in the French Junior Championships at Bagneux and Capelle la
Grande, and tied for first place at the European Junior Championships at Baile Herculane. In 1994, he earned the FIDE
rank of Chess Master. Later, Florin won four first-place and three second-place prizes in the Romanian Junior National
Championship, and in 1997 he became the Romanian Junior Champion.
In 1996, Felecan's Romanian Golden Team won the Youth Olympiad. The next year, he and his family moved to the
United States. He became National High School Chess Champion in 1998 and attended the University of Maryland,
where he studied computer science and chess. Rated 2535 USCF and 2380 FIDE, Florin easily won Hawaii's Denker
Tournament and the Intercollegiate Pan-American Championships in Dallas.
This year, Felecan is increasingly involved in speed chess tournaments. We are very pleased to have him as a Chess
Art Fazakas, writer for the event, asked Florin a few questions about his life in chess.
AF: Florin, do you play chess on the MSN Gaming Zone?
FF: Yes, I do - but I found that the other cool games present on the Gaming Zone are too tempting for me.
AF: Who are your favorite chess authors?
FF: Kasparov and Karpov.
AF: What do you think of Kasparov's strategy in general?
FF: Garry is very tactical but he doesn't dislike a positional game. Overall he's very incisive and accurate in his play.
AF: Do you think anyone can beat Kasparov?
FF: Of course, he's the World Champion but he's still human. Players like Topalov, Adams, and Anand have a good
chance of beating him. A very promising player is Peter Leko with a FIDE rating near 2700.
AF: Do you think YOU might be World Champion one day?
FF: Yes, I could possibly become the World Champion, but with so many young chess players, only the future will tell.
AF: How do you like the life of a chess Grandmaster?
FF: As the highest title in the chess hierarchy, the Grandmaster title gives you the feeling of being able to defeat any
player in the world.
AF: Do you like speed chess? Do you enter rapid chess tournaments?
FF: Yes, I like speed chess and I'm entering speed chess tournaments as often as I can.
--Art Fazakas
Irina Krush
A review of 15-year-old Irina Krush’s chess victories and achievements would fill several pages. Born in Odessa,
Ukraine, she became the youngest woman ever to compete in the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship at age 11, and
won that event in 1998. A Chess Master at age 12, Irina is now the No. 1 woman chess player in the U.S., with FIDE
rating 2375 and USCF 2448. She is the No. 1 Junior player under 18 in the U.S. and No. 2 Junior under 21. We are
delighted to have Irina as one of our Chess Analysts in this event.
Irina was the Gold Medalist in the 1998 Pan-American Youth Championships in Brazil with a score of 7-0. Her other
achievements last year included the Bronze Medal in the FIDE Girls World Championship in Calcutta and the top score
in the FIDE Women’s Olympiad in Russia. In January 1999, she won first place in the New York City High School
Championship. Irina is making her mark in every corner of the world.
This summer, Irina will play at the World Open in Philadelphia, Chess Superstore’s “Krush Challenge" in New Jersey,
the Kingsport Fun Fest in Tennessee and the U.S. Junior Championship in San Francisco. September will find her at th
Women’s World Championship in Moldavia. With relentless vigor, she tackles every opportunity she can cram into h
schedule, and performs astoundingly well at all of them. Irina is clearly headed for a dominant role in the world of
Irina’s influence on chess extends beyond the board. Her “Krushing Attacks" chess videos are widely acclaimed, a
her articles appear in Chess Life and Atlantic Chess News. “Young children learn quickly via visual stimulation and
this suggests to me that chess videos and software have particularly beneficial effects on a child’s chess studies," she
said. Irina recommends the Disney Chess Guide for very young players. Irina trains with a Dell Pentium II 300
Notebook loaded with ChessBase, Fritz, Chess Informant, Rebel and HIARCS -- challenging herself to the limit.
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"I am always glad that more and more young girls are playing chess," she says. Many little girls see her photo on the
eb and become interested. “Lots of girls are taking up the game and there’s going to be many, many more!" Krush is
namo and seems unstoppable. Five years from now, will the World Champion be able to hold off her
--Art Fazakas
Elisabeth Päht
Garry Kasparov was so impressed by
German Interior Minister and demanded that she be given sponsorship and a stipend for training. “Rather than being
intimidated by playing the World Champion,” he said, “Elisabeth thought very hard about her moves in our two
and she solved her problems very well. She will be among the top five women in the world within a year.” Not bad for
a 14-year-old. Elisabeth won her first tournament match at age 6, and by 1997 she was Champion of the Germ
Federal States for players under 20.
You wouldn’t expect an eighth-grader to have played chess in Austria, Hungary, France and Brazil, but she has pla
in the top five in her age group in tournaments in all those countries as well as in her homeland, Germany. She
practices chess three times a week for three hours with her father, a well-known Grandmaster and chess trainer in her
home town of Erfurt. Her other interests are playing the piano and flute, drawing, mathematics and English.
Elisabeth plays online chess with her colleagues in Poland and Russia. She follows her
and analyzes them using the Fritz computer software program. Her favorite chess author is John Nunn. Now rated
2270, she especially likes speed chess. “It’s more a sport than a game,” she said, “where if you have a bad position, you
can still win. For example, if you are down a rook, your opponent might make a mistake under pressure. Normally it’s
impossible to win in that situation.” Kasparov has heavily promoted speed chess as an alternative to long games.
Elisabeth is currently leading in five out of six rounds in a speed chess championship.
Elisabeth Pähtz at the Hanover Trade Fair last year that he immediately called the
opponents’ games in ChessBase
Her thoughts on Kasparov’s strategy? “He’s a genius – holding the title for 14 years proves it.” She’s thri
ssignment as one of our Chess Analysts. What does she like about Garry (in addition to his brilliant chess)? “He talked
tire lunch,” she said, “And he’s very funny!” Will anyone be able to beat him? “Not in the
e said. “The only possibility might be a young genius like [Ruslan] Ponomariov now 14 years old, when
aybe Elisabeth Pähtz, when she’s 21. Garry faces a major challenge down the road.
lled about her
about history during our en
near future,” sh
he’s 21.” Or m
--Art Fazakas
anny King (Moderator)
Danny K
the rank of Grandmaster at 26. His achievements are impressive by any standards: Winner, Sydney (Australia) Open,
1988; Winner, Geneva Open, 1990; Winner, Calcutta Open, 1992; Winner, Dublin Open, 1995. A longtime member of
a British National League team, he has also played in the German National League since 1985 and the Swiss Natio
League since 1996. Danny helped England defeat the USA and the Soviet Union in the Visa Championships in
in 1990.
This year Danny is continuing his League chess activities and will visit New York for a press conference on Kas
vs. the World. When asked if he has played against the four Chess Analysts, he said, "Heavens, no! They
eager and talented - absolutely terrifying!" It's nice to know t
Danny's work this summer as a guest coach at the Berkeley Chess School in California was interrupted by our
upcoming event and by the arrival of his new baby! This new father's chess activities are in no way limited to playing
in competitions. He has written eleven books, including "Kasparov-Deep Blue - The Ultimate Man v. Machine
Challenge" published in 1997, and scripted chess CDs and videos.
Audi/Volkswagen's United Kingdom advertising campaign.
As a TV chess commentator, Danny King ha
ing, the Moderator for Kasparov vs. the World, became a professional chess player at the age of 19 and earned
are all young,
hat our World Team has such big guns in its arsenal.
In 1994-1995, Danny was featured in
s appeared in a long list of special feature programs including the World
Championships held in London (1993) and New York (1995), Intel's Speed Chess Grand Prix, and events
BBC, Channel 4 TV, Star TV in Asia and many others. He lectures on chess for IBM, Intel and Disney, and served as
C at Disney's World Championships for Kids in Paris last year.
on ESPN,
a young chess dy
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