Interview with Garry Kasparov – part one
By GM Robert Fontaine
Intro: "Let's not forget, I'm working with Magnus, and
that's my professional work..."
Garry Kasparov: Two old guys – we are still here, and
we are creating the biggest show in the world of chess. I think that is wrong.
Playing chess, being at the chessboard, almost five years after retirement,
that was quite a challenge. If I hadn’t started my cooperation with Magnus
earlier this year I would not have accepted the offer, because I knew the difficulties
I would face. Even in preparation, because you lose your instincts. It is very
hard to explain to non-professionals. If you don’t play chess, at the
chessboard, in the auditorium, facing real opponents – nothing can substitute
that. Even if you do chess studies at home, if you play chess on the Internet,
there’s a huge difference. Internet blitz is causing some damage, because
you play with a different kind of instincts.
It is quite funny that this experience both helped me and caused me damage.
The quality of some of my moves was not quite sufficient. A typical Internet
move was …f4 in game one.
Karpov,Ana (2619) - Kasparov,G (2812) [D72]
Match Valencia ESP (1), 22.09.2009
20...f4!? Of course I would play 20…Ne4 in a classical
game, five years ago, because I saw that the moves gives Black a very comfortable
game – Black is not substantially, but definitely better. But …f4
is a move of the Internet, especially in bullet, when you want to follow one
idea – you want to have your knight on d4 – and it creates threats.
So it is a bad move, but it actually worked well for me, because what I learned
on the Internet is how to manage time, so I never lost on time. Karpov was always
having huge problems. [Click
Anatoly Karpov between GM Robert Fontaine and his wife GM Katya Lahno
Karpov: Time for thinking during the game – first you
have time, and then you don’t have time. This is a problem of rapid chess,
and this is the problem of zeitnot in time trouble in a normal game.
Kasparov: So quality-wise I was disappointed, because certain
moves I made were ugly and hurt my chess intellect. In game four Karpov has
five seconds left and I have two or three minutes. It’s typical: you make
a short move. You understand it, but it is hard to explain to normal chess players
why you make s short move. Because that’s the way you play. I got really
upset, because after 32.hxg6 hxg6 33.Rh1 I had a very nice game. From almost
an even position I got a strategically complete winning position, in Karpov’s
style, by the way.
So I had these difficulties preparing for the match. I tried to use my professional
instincts. On my political blog on the Wall Street Journal I announced a timeout,
and for one week I was out of politics, so don’t bother me. I went to
Oslo, we had a session with Magnus. It was not about my match, it was getting
back into the normal chess atmosphere. We worked, and we played a few blitz
games. I did not play rapid with Magnus, but I played some rapid in Moscow,
against one of the strong GMs. It was real, I played with a very strong grandmaster,
and I was happy with my game. Most important was that my mind was clearing up
and getting ready for chess.
I had certain ideas, but I also had some restrictions, because I did not want
to play anything that could jeopardise my work with Magnus, because he needs
ideas in China [at the Nanjing Super-GM tournament] than I need here. So I played
something simple. Karpov made a conscious choice to play very simple positions
with black and something sharp with white. Actually I was quite happy –
except for the totally stupid game one in blitz, where something happened and
I could not recover after playing 12.exd5, because after castles, castles, Rc1
I think that Black is in real trouble.
I like this position, for me it was easy, I always had a good result with white
– I remember a game with Spassky twenty years ago in Barcelona, and other
good games – so Karpov’s choice was natural for him, but I was quite
pleased. So I did not want to make big changes. Also in games five and seven
I went for some deviations, but in the end I like these structures. I had no
risks, and the fact is that Karpov lost five games out of six, which probably
gives you an idea that this was not the smartest choice. Maybe he expected more
of e4, that is my suspicion. And also having Bologan [as a second] he concentrated
on defending against 1.e4, where he had serious problems lately.
Magnus plays Gruenfeld and Queen’s Gambit – sometimes Meran. That
means that I am probably studying these openings, I have to look at them. So
Gruenfeld was definitely one of their prime choices, and he prepared a very
sharp opening. I thought it’s tough, but it offers me interesting opening
positions. It might be worse, but there were complications. I had enough ideas
to not actually show what Magnus plays.
Game one – Gruenfeld: I think it was quite an important game, because
before Sutovsky and others always play …Re8, which in my view is a little
premature, because with the rook on f8 you can actually play …f5, and
that is what I did. I was quite happy, and the fact is that Karpov did not repeat
it, and he found by the way an interesting move – it is amazing that 13.Be3
is a new move…
Produced by Robert Fontaine (middle) and Gérard Demuydt (right)
© Europe Echecs
2009 – transcription by ChessBase
ChessBase articles on the match
||Karpov-Kasparov: Grudge Match in Valencia
30.08.2009 – They played each other in five
big World Championship matches, most famously in 1984, when their first
encounter was abandoned after 48 games without a final decision. Now to
mark the 25th anniversary Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov will play
a 12-game match – four rapid and eight blitz games – from 21 to 24 September,
2009, in Valencia, Spain. Details
Karpov-Kasparov: Match start in Valencia today
22.09.2009 – Exactly 25 years after their
first encounter – the World Championship match in Moscow – the perennial
opponents Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov are playing a twelve-game
rapid and blitz match in the Spanish city of Valencia. The rounds start
on Tuesday at 19:00h CEST (21:00h Moscow, 1 p.m. NY), with two days
of rapid games and one for blitz. Watch
it on Playchess.
Valencia: Kasparov starts with 2-0 crunch
23.09.2009 – Twenty-five years and still
going strong: Garry Kasparov started his commemorative match against
eternal rival Anatoly Karpov with two quick wins. The first game was
over in 24 moves, when Karpov overstepped his time; and the second ended
in 28 moves after a flashy kingside attack by Kasparov. The international
press is reporting extensively, and we have some interesting
Valencia: Karpov wins game three, Kasparov wins the
24.09.2009 – Day two of the commemorative
rapid chess match saw Anatoly Karpov win a fine game against the man
who dethroned him as World Champion 25 years ago. In the final game
Garry Kasparov only needed a draw, but put on the pressure until Karpov
crumbled and lost – again – on time. The final score of 3.0-1.0 is exactly
what the ratings predicted. Illustrated
report with videos.
Valencia: Kasparov's blitz win, final score 9.0-3.0
25.09.2009 – Everyone expected an easy win
by Kasparov, but their eight-game blitz encounter started with a shock
loss. Karpov drew first blood, Kasparov took a "deep breath" 17-move
draw to clear his head, and then went on to score five wins in a row.
The final game was a draw, leaving Kasparov winning the blitz with 6.0-2.0
and the match with 9.0-3.0 – exactly as their ratings predicted. Illustrated