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Garry Kasparov

Kasparov in 2007
Full name Garry Kimovich Kasparov
Country Soviet Union
Russia (since 1992)
Bosnia (since 1997)[1]
Croatia (since 2014)[2]
Born (1963-04-13) 13 April 1963 (age 53)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (1980)
World Champion 1985–93 (undisputed)
1993–2000 (classical)
FIDE rating 2812 (January 2017) [inactive]
Peak rating 2851 (July 1999, January 2000)
Peak ranking No. 1 (January 1984)

The real political life in Russia unfortunately is not in the parliament but on the streets and in the media.
Garry Kasparov
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.
Garry Kasparov
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.
Garry Kasparov
I learned that fighting on the chess board could also have an impact on the political climate in the country.
Garry Kasparov
I'm still number one and I just recently won a major tournament ahead of my toughest rivals so I think I had a few years ahead of me if I decided to stay.
Garry Kasparov
At the end of the day, it's all about money.
I organize a chess festival in Hungary. I support chess in schools, and I have my own chess foundation. And I started writing books.
Garry Kasparov
I want to serve chess through games, books that are works of art. I would like to bring the game closer to many people all over the world.
Garry Kasparov
It's quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.
I think we have very steady records of President Putin, who inherited the country with democratic values.
Garry Kasparov
There are many ways of showing your protest and discontent without the actions of Kremlin.
Garry Kasparov
Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.
Garry Kasparov
It didn't take long to recognise the shortcomings of the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world.
Garry Kasparov
I think that it's a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it's only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections.
Garry Kasparov
I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it's not a western invention.
Garry Kasparov
Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.
Garry Kasparov
We've been saying Putin is a dictator for years who doesn't care about the law.
Garry Kasparov
Putin recognized that if he could get enough money, everything would be under control.
Garry Kasparov
Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.
Garry Kasparov
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.
Garry Kasparov
Russian Parliament today is a bunch of puppets that just fall in with the instructions from Kremlin.
Garry Kasparov
I think our chances are not looking great today but the only way to fail for me is just not to try.
Garry Kasparov
We have to stop the propaganda, the shameful propaganda used by Kremlin to rehabilitate these old types.
Garry Kasparov
The only successor to President Putin is President Putin himself and we could of course dream about President Putin stepping down voluntarily and picking out successor which would be probably as bad as him.
Garry Kasparov
Putin is like Al Capone.
More and more people in my country recognise the dangers of having their governors appointed by Putin and having no influence in parliament because Parliament today is also following instructions from Kremlin and no longer represents its people.
Garry Kasparov
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.
Garry Kasparov
Chess was natural for me; I was extremely successful.
I have great energy and I have great tasks ahead of me.
In chess, we have styles – like in any other field. There are also fashions in the kinds of systems that people play. So I'm trying to know my opponent as much as possible.
Garry Kasparov
It was not about losing my mental power; it's about not feeling good about my contribution to the game.
Garry Kasparov
Chess is mental torture.
I've met enough KGB colonels in my life.
I have some security that could protect me against provocations but of course there are more terrible actions that could not be stopped by any security.
Garry Kasparov
There are many facts showing that Putin's people enriched themselves by using power mechanisms so that's why for them losing power means losing their fortunes.
Garry Kasparov
You cannot say, 'Go! Go! Rah! Rah! Good move!' People want some emotion. Chess is an art and not a spectator sport.
Garry Kasparov
If you make a decision to fight for future of your own country you have to consider all the consequences.
Garry Kasparov
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.
Garry Kasparov
I wouldn't overestimate the importance of my popularity in the country and abroad but at the end of the day it's not as important because I believe that my presence here could make some difference and it could encourage people.
Garry Kasparov
I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy.
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