Garry Kasparov has dominated the world of competitive chess for longer than any world champion. The period 1993-1999 represents one of the richest phases in his career. With the announcement of his retirement, it is only appropriate that the games should now be appreciated in the greatest depth possible. Earlier games are analyzed with computer assistance for the first time, and sometimes blemishes in existing analysis are revealed, showing the richness of thought and the supreme versatility of many people's choice as the greatest player ever. Particular emphasis is placed on evaluations of the openings chosen and statistics on the champion's record against his most fiercely competitive rivals. The author, International Master Tibor Karolyi, who played against Kasparov as a World Junior, gives an appreciation of an undoubted genius - this is an unashamed celebration of dynamism, diligence, desire and fighting chess.
Tibor Karolyi is an International Master, former Hungarian champion and Grandmaster chess trainer. He is also a chess writer who regularly contributes to a number of British and European magazines. He lives in Hungary.