Kasparov vs Karpov the Greatest Rivalry in Chess

Gary Kasparov is admired for his brilliant tactics and aggressive dynamic style. He became the world chess champion in 1985 and held the title until 2000. From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, Kasparov was ranked world no. 1 for 225 out of 228 months.

Kasparov first played Karpov for the world chess title in 1984. Karpov took a 5-0 lead, but Kasparov won game 47 and 48 to bring the score to 5-3. That’s when the match was controversially ended, and a rematch was scheduled for 1985.

In 1985 Kasparov won the best of 24 games match with a score of 13-11 to become the new world chess champion. One of his most memorable wins occurred in game 16 when Kasparov repeated the novelty that earned him a draw in game 12.

Kasparov and Karpov went on to play 3 more world championship matches, which were all narrowly won by Kasparov. In their 5 world championship matches Kasparov had 21 wins, 19 losses, and 104 draws in 144 games. Never has there been such a fierce rivalry for the most coveted chess title.

That’s all for today. Stay on top of COVID-19 by following the WHO Guidelines and keep forcing the game like Kasparov in his matches against Karpov.

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