Kasparov vs. Karpov Classic Chess Rivalry
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!