"24 Hours with Kasparov" - An interview with Ilya Levitov in "New in Chess Magazine" 7/2023

by Johannes Fischer
11/21/2023 – The renowned chess magazine "New in Chess" is published eight times a year and issue no. 7/2023 has just been delivered. With detailed tournament coverage, analyses by top players and interesting news from the world of chess. One of the highlights of the magazine is an interview by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam with businessman and chess patron Ilya Levitov about "24 Hours with Kasparov", a series of interviews Levitov conducted with Garry Kasparov and published on YouTube. Kasparov talks about his life with amazing openness, charm and even more energy, and comments on important games in his career. | Screenshot from "24 Hours with Kasparov"

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Levitov's interviews with Kasparov seem to be an undiscovered treasure on YouTube. Writes Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam:

"In fact, it has become increasingly clear to me that although I firmly believe that these videos are among the most important recent contributions to chess history, it seems that for the general public they barely exist. They are the great unknown, hidden gems that few people know about. ...

In essence, the concept of the series is simple: Garry Kasparov is interviewed about his chess career in chronological order and illustrates the narrative by showing games from those periods."

The interviews are in Russian with English subtitles and are freely available on Levitov's YouTube channel. So far, 14 episodes have been released, but Levitov has announced that he will be releasing more episodes over time.

Although the series is not yet complete, it is already clear that Kasparov has produced an impressive testimony to his career. He tells countless stories from his life and the chess world in an engaging and gesticulating manner, shows games - often from memory - that he played years ago, and shines with charm, energy, a fantastic memory, openness and infectious enthusiasm for chess.

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".