Garry Kasparov on VPRO
The program begins with Dutch commentary, but switches to English after two
and a half minutes.
Whom would you like to play of the great players of the past? "If I say
Fischer, the question then is why not Lasker?" Kasparov discusses his great
Chess as science and art.
Kasparov and Joris Luyendijk discuss and watch scenes from films like "From
Russia with Love", "2001", "Luzhin Defence", "Amadeus",
They discuss the 1982 Football match between Brazil and Italy. Kasparov compares
it to his games against Petrosian, where the great Armenian played the role
of the defensive Italian team against the "Brazilian" Kasparov –
and won. Kasparov extends the analogy to his matches against Karpov, where he
was able to draw his opponent into his territory, and against Kramnik, where
he was drawn into the uncomfortable style of his erstwhile pupil.
Kasparov analyses the Battle of Agincourt, fought in 1415 between the armies
of the English King Henry V and Charles VI of France. They watch scenes from
Kenneth Branagh's film Henry
V based on the play by William Shakespeare.
This report does, to a fair degree, capture the personality of Garry Kasparov
in general, relaxed discourse. It is something we know from countless dinners,
where conversation will often proceed along the lines of Joris Luyendijk's excellent
film. Don't miss it.
How to watch the report
A good way is to visit the Wintergasten
home page where there are links to the film clips on the right.
Everything is in Dutch.
The full video is available here.
The connection is somewhat slow so that the film tends to freeze (with the
audio continuing perfectly). We will probably trash their bandwidth by sending
ten thousand visitors to watch the report. It is probably best to try late
If you want to watch the report in your own media player try this
The report was broadcast last Friday on Dutch TV. We are told that there
will be a repeat on next Saturday at 13:40 h on the second national Dutch
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