Kasparov vs. Karpov Classic Chess Rivalry

19 July, 2010 (17:33) in Chess written by James Yates

One of the greatest rivalry’s of all time, the Garry Kasparov – Anatoly Karpov matches provided some of the most engrossing moments in recent Chess history. With their vast style differences, Kasparov’s active love for the attack and Karpov’s ice-cold positional mastery, their games showcased a battle of personalities and sparked some of the greatest match play games ever. While there has certainly been much more movement and excitement in the years following their matches, their battles instantly became the stuff of Chess lore imo and provided the launch board for the Kasparov freight train that would rule Chess for many years to come.

With all of this in mind, you can imagine the excitement flowing through your humble narrators blood when discovering the following outstanding video collection that follows the 1990 Kasparov-Karpov match split between New York City and Lyons, France. The first segment had some quality issues so I’m going to post Part 2 as the starting point, but feel free to go back and catch the first part. I highly recommend working your way to part 13 at the very least, where the match is decided and it switches over to a French-speaking host that I understandably had more trouble following since French class was a long time ago :)

These are soooooooooooooo good, the commentary is amazing from both players and you can definitely get a feeling for the rivalry, and mutual respect, they shared. Just navigate through the series by clicking on the related videos at the end of each 10 minute segment. Great stuff, I’ve watched the entire series probably 3-4 times already!


Comment from Baron
Time August 1, 2010 at 4:12 am

Can’t help but wonder if Kasparov will make a huge difference in his next big chess game: Russian politics. If he does politics like he does chess we’re in for a wild ride over the next few years.

Comment from becham
Time December 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

There is every thing fair in love or war
as the chess is one of the most difficult and strong nerve game which was actually developed on the warfare strategies
makes one fall and one rise
as the simple role of the game

Comment from Brandon Slots
Time November 15, 2011 at 2:40 am

It is amazing to see two men who are at the top of their game facing off each other. Not only are their chess skills impressive, they also have poker faces that do not reveal what they are thinking. Magnificent!

Comment from Julian
Time July 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

Baron, Russian Politics and chess are very similar, they take no prisoners.

Comment from Michiel Van Kets
Time August 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

It is a pity that the art of playing chess is lost in today’s generation. The resemblance of the chessboard in retrospect to our daily lives is uncanny; people these days can do to learn to have more control over their lives. Great post and great video. Respect for the game and the two masters.

Comment from James
Time October 26, 2012 at 2:45 am

Watching two chess masters going at such an iconic game really gets me in the mood for chess. For such a high level game, you can almost here the deafening silence in the crowd, as no one dares to make a noise to distract them.

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