Garry Kasparov turns 40

4/13/2003 – At a time when chess players should be slipping, Garry Kasparov is still at the top of the chess world, where he has now been perched for over 18 years. Today is his 40th birthday, and instead of putting together a summary of his career we simply clicked a few times in ChessBase and allowed the database which he originally initiated to put together some biographical information.

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In 1985 a young chessplayer from Baku, not yet world champion, came to Hamburg to play a training match against Germany's top GM Robert Hübner. There he met the original founders of ChessBase, one a journalist and the other a physics student, and talked them into developing a chess database. His words were heeded and the world's premium database was created. So it is only appropriate that the program should produce these birthday wishes.

The function we used is the well-known "Player's dossier". Just a few clicks produces a complete portrait of a player, as we decribed in detail in a previous article. This time we asked the program for some pictures, which it extracts from the Players Encyclopedia, and the career highlights and opponents, which ChessBase extracted from Mega Database 2003. In the original dossier you could, of course, click each tournament to get a cross table and the game, but we will leave that to the users to perform themselves.

Garry Kasparov

WCH, GM
*13.04.1963 (40 Years)

Russia

2253 games in 'Mega Database 2003'

Pictures

Individual development

Statistics

White: 1330 games – White scores excellently (81%)
Black: 923 games – Black scores excellently (65%)
The drawing quote is higher than average. (4% quick draws, <20 Moves)

Career highlights 

Tournament
cat.
score
per
rank

URS-ch U20 Riga 1977

 

9/10

+8
 

Sokolsky mem 1978

 

13/17

+9
 

Baku training m 1979

III

2.5/5

+0

2

Banja Luka 1979

IX

11.5/15

+8

1

URS-ch47 Minsk 1979

XII

10/17

+3

3

Baku 1980

X

11.5/15

+8

1

Wch U20 Dortmund 1980

X

10.5/13

+8

1

Malta ol (Men) 1980

X

9.5/12

+7

 

Moscow 1981

XV

7.5/13

+2

3

WchT U26 Graz 1981

XV

9/10

+8

 

Interpolis Tilburg 1981

XV

5.5/11

+0

 

URS-ch49 Frunze 1981

XII

12.5/17

+8

2

Bugojno 1982

XIV

9.5/13

+6

1

Moscow Interzonal 1982

XII

10/13

+7

1

Candidates qf2 1983

XVI

6/9

+3

1

Spartakiade tt 8th 1983

XVI

1/2

+0

 

Niksic 1983

XIV

11/14

+8

1

Candidates sf1 1983

XVI

7/11

+3

1

Candidates final 1984

XVII

8.5/13

+4

1

URS-World London 1984

XVII

2.5/4

+1

 

World Championship 31th-KK1 1984

XIX

23/48

-2

2

Belgrade m 1985

XVI

4/6

+2

1

Hamburg m 1985

XVII

4.5/6

+3

1

World Championship 32th-KK2 1985

XIX

13/24

+2

1

Hilversum KRO m 1985

XVII

4/6

+2

1

Basel m 1986

XVII

5.5/6

+5

1

World Championship 33th-KK3 1986

XIX

12.5/24

+1

1

Dubai ol (Men) 1986

XIX

6/8

+4

 

OHRA-A Brussels 1986

XVI

7.5/10

+5

1

Moscow TV 1987

XVI

2.5/4

+1

 

London m 25' rapid 1987

XVII

4/6

+2

1

Brussels 1987

XIV

8.5/11

+6

2

World Championship 34th-KK4 1987

XIX

12/24

+0

1

Optiebeurs Amsterdam 1988

XVII

9/12

+6

1

World Cup Belfort 1988

XV

11.5/15

+8

1

URS-ch55 Moscow 1988

XIV

11.5/17

+6

1

World Cup Reykjavik 1988

XV

11/17

+5

1

Thessaloniki ol (Men) 1988

XV

8.5/10

+7

 

Madrid rapid 1988

XV

5.5/8

+3

 

World Cup Barcelona 1989

XV

11/16

+6

1

World Cup Skelleftea 1989

XVI

9.5/15

+4

2

Tilburg 1989

XV

12/14

+10

1

Belgrade Investbank 1989

XV

9.5/11

+8

1

Murcia m 1990

XVIII

5/6

+4

1

Linares 1990

XVI

8/11

+5

1

World Championship 35th-KK5 1990

XXI

12.5/24

+1

1

Paris Immopar rapid 1990

XXI

6.5/10

+3

3

Linares 1991

XVII

9/13

+5

2

Euwe mem Amsterdam 1991

XVI

5.5/9

+2

3

Tilburg 1991

XVII

10/14

+6

1

Paris Immopar rapid 1991

XVII

6/8

+4

 

Reggio Emilia 9192 1991

XVIII

5.5/9

+2

3

Cologne m 5' 1992

X

6.5/11

+2

1

Linares 1992

XVII

10/13

+7

1

Dortmund 1992

XVII

6/9

+3

1

Manila ol (Men) 1992

XVII

8.5/10

+7

 

EU-chT (Men) 1992

XVII

6/8

+4

 

Paris Immopar rapid 1992

XVII

8.5/10

+7

 

FRA 1993

XVII

3/4

+2

 

Linares 1993

XVIII

10/13

+7

1

PCA-World Championship 1993

XX

12.5/20

+5

1

London rapid m 1993

XX

4/4

+4

1

Linares 1994

XVIII

8.5/13

+4

2

PCA/Intel-GP rapid 1994

XVIII

2/4

+0

 

Amsterdam VSB Euwe mem 1994

XVIII

4/6

+2

1

Munich Intel Express blitz '5 1994

XVIII

8/11

+5

 

Novgorod 1994

XIX

7/10

+4

1

PCA/Intel-GP rapid 1994

XIX

0.5/2

-1

 

Horgen CS 1994

XVI

8.5/11

+6

1

EUCup final Lyon 1994

XVI

1.5/3

+0

 

Moscow ol (Men) 1994

XVI

6.5/10

+3

 

PCA/Intel-GP rapid 1994

XVI

8/9

+7

 

Reykjavik TV rapid 1995

XV

2.5/3

+2

1

PCA/Intel-GP rapid 1995

XV

3.5/6

+1

 

Tal mem Riga 1995

XVII

7.5/10

+5

1

Euwe mem Amsterdam 1995

XVIII

3.5/6

+1

2

Novgorod 1995

XVII

6.5/9

+4

1

PCA/Intel-GP rapid 1995

XVII

7/9

+5

2

PCA-World Championship 1995

XXI

10.5/18

+3

1

Horgen 1995

XVII

5/10

+0

 

EUCup final Ljubljana 1995

XVII

1.5/2

+1

 

PCA/Intel-GP rapid 1995

XVII

8.5/10

+7

 

Philadelphia m 1996

X

4/6

+2

1

Amsterdam VSB  Euwe mem 1996

XVIII

6.5/9

+4

2

Moscow PCA-GP Kremlin Stars rapid 1996

XVIII

7/11

+3

 

Dos Hermanas 1996

XIX

5.5/9

+2

4

Geneve PCA-GP Credit Suisse rapid 1996

XIX

6.5/10

+3

 

Yerevan ol (Men) 1996

XIX

7/9

+5

 

Las Palmas 1996

XXI

6.5/10

+3

1

Linares 14th 1997

XVIII

8.5/11

+6

1

Novgorod 1997

XIX

6.5/10

+3

1

Tilburg Fontys 1997

XVII

8/11

+5

2

Linares 1998

XXI

6.5/12

+1

3

Sofia m 25' rapid 1998

XXII

4/4

+4

1

Leon Man+Comp m rapid 1998

XXII

3/6

+0

1

Chess Classics Giants rapid 1998

XXII

2.5/6

-1

3

Chess Classics Giants 3rd pl rapid 1998

XXII

2.5/4

+1

1

EuroTel Trophy 1998

XX

4/6

+2

1

Hoogovens Wijk aan Zee 1999

XVII

10/13

+7

1

Linares 16th 1999

XX

10.5/14

+7

1

Sarajevo 1999

XIX

7/9

+5

1

Siemens Giants rapid 1999

XXI

7.5/12

+3

1

Corus Wijk aan Zee 2000

XVIII

9.5/13

+6

1

Linares SuperGM 2000

XXI

6/10

+2

2

KasparovChess GP g/60 2000

XXI

5.5/8

+3

 

Chess@iceland-A rapid 2000

XV

4.5/5

+4

1

Bosna SuperGM 2000

XIX

8.5/11

+6

1

Fujitsu Siemens Giants 2000

XXI

6/10

+2

2

BGN World Chess Championship 2000

XXIII

6.5/15

-2

2

Corus Wijk aan Zee 2001

XIX

9/13

+5

1

Linares SuperGM 2001

XIX

7.5/10

+5

1

World Cup of Rapid Chess-A rapid 2001

XVIII

5.5/7

+4

1

World Cup of Rapid Chess KO rapid 2001

XVIII

6/8

+4

 

London Charity Odds m 2001

XI

2.5/4

+1

1

Zuerich Kortschnoj-A 2001

XIV

4.5/5

+4

1

Zuerich Kortschnoj KO rapid 2001

XIV

3.5/6

+1

1

Astana 2001

XX

7/10

+4

1

EUR-ASIA m 30' rapid 2001

XVIII

11/12

+10

 

Botvinnik mem m 2001

XXIII

2/4

+0

1

Botvinnik mem m 30' rapid 2001

XXIII

3/6

+0

1

Linares SuperGM 2002

XX

8/12

+4

1

Eurotel Trophy rapid 2002

XX

6/9

+3

 

FIDE GP Moscow rapid 2002

XX

9.5/12

+7

 

RUS-The World rapid 2002

XX

4/10

-2

 

Bled ol (Men) 2002

XX

7.5/9

+6  

 

Opponents

Opponent
score
per
games

Anatoly Karpov

91.5/174

+9

174

Vladimir Kramnik

60/119

+1

119

Viswanathan Anand

45.5/73

+18

73

Nigel D Short

49.5/72

+27

72

Jan H Timman

38.5/56

+21

56

Vassily Ivanchuk

28/47

+9

47

Viktor Kortschnoj

26/38

+14

38

Veselin Topalov

26/38

+14

38

Alexander G Beliavsky

19.5/29

+10

29

Alexei Shirov

22/28

+16

28

Boris Gelfand

16.5/21

+12

21

Robert Huebner

14/21

+7

21

Michael Adams

14.5/20

+9

20

Artur Jussupow

14.5/20

+9

20

Ljubomir Ljubojevic

14/19

+9

19

Vassily Smyslov

11.5/18

+5

18

Evgeny Bareev

14/17

+11

17

Ulf Andersson

11/17

+5

17

Predrag Nikolic

13.5/16

+11

16

Peter Leko

10/16

+4

16

Judit Polgar

12/15

+9

15  


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