Garry Kasparov On Modern Chess: Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985
Great chess contests have often had resonances extending beyond the 64 squares. The Fischer v Spassky match was played during the Cold War with both champions being perceived as the finest products of their respective ideologies. The Karpov v Korchnoi battles were lent an edge with Karpov being a Russian hero whilst Korchnoi was the disaffected dissident. The Kasparov v Karpov encounters mirrored a battle between the new Russia and old Russia with Kasparov portraying himself as a symbol of the new ideology emerging under Gorbachev whereas Karpov was seen to represent the old regime of die-hard Communists.
In this volume Garry Kasparov analyses, in depth, each of the 76 games from the clashes of 1984 and 1985, giving his opinions both on the political machinations surrounding the matches as well as the games themselves. Before this he describes his early years as a chess player and the influences which shaped his development in the then Soviet Union. He also annotates his early games with Karpov and describes, from his own perspective, how their relationship soured as they became rivals for the chess crown.
Garry Kasparov is one of the greatest chess players ever. He was the thirteenth World Champion, holding the title between 1985 and 2000. His tournament record is second to none, featuring numerous wins in the world's major events, often by substantial margins. As well as his outstanding successes on the board, Kasparov has proved himself to be a penetrating author on the game and it's personalities. This book has been co-written with Dimitri Plisetsky, author of Russians vs Fischer.