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    Essential Kasparov: As White

    In this “World Champions” lesson we will examine the explosive style that World Champion Garry Kasparov developed and finessed to truly conquer the world by storm. As the title of this app suggests, we will only concentrate on his games as White and see how his choices of openings or opening lines directly suits his aggressive style. His concepts as White were as simple as they were strong and sometimes brutal and therefore very hard to duplicate: he mixed aggressive systems with lines that often required a pawn sacrifice. Those lines were well analyzed by him at home (let us not forget that his own coach was the unparalleled master of home preparation ex-world champion Mikhail Botwinnik) and required an extreme defensive precision on opponent’s part. Smallest slip and Black would find himself in a losing position. He exerted so much sheer pressure on opponents that he would almost always start the game with a big psychological advantage. This combination of extreme home preparation, aggressive and fearless style and psychological understanding of opponents helped him reach the highest world rating level ever accomplished.

    A short biographical history on Kasparov:

    Garry Kasparov born 13 April 1963 is a Russian / Armenian chess grandmaster, a former World Chess Champion, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time.
    Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22 by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov. He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organization, the Professional Chess Association. He continued to hold the "Classical" World Chess Championship until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000.
    Kasparov's ratings achievements include being rated world No. 1 according to Elo rating almost continuously from 1986 until his retirement in 2005 and holding the all-time highest rating of 2851. He was the world No. 1 ranked player for 255 months! He recently also helped train several rising stars such as Magnus Carlsen (currently the #1 in the world) and the US #1 Hikaru Nakamura.

    • 1Bonus Game 2 - another Ruy Lop...
    • 7Attacking the Queen's Indian...
    • 2Sharp Vienna Variation...
    • 8Ruy Lopez Bird's Defense...
    • 3Battling the Pirc ...
    • 9Attacking the Hedgehog...
    • 4Attacking the Benoni...
    • 10Attacking the Modern Defense...
    • 5Defeating Karpov...
    • 11A Slav Gambit...
    • 6Bonus Game 1 - Destroying the...
    • 12Defeating Korchnoi's French...
  • Author
    Levon Altounian

    IM Levon Altounian is on the list of the most prominent chess players, coaches and organizers in the USA. He was a participant of three of the most prestigious US Championships, winner of the 2000 National Open and 2011 G10 National Open, many Arizona and California State Championships, including the 2010 “Champion of the State Champions” title. He also holds numerous records on ICC (chessclub.com) where he recently played a match with GM Hikaru Nakamura. Under his leadership, his students from all over the US won more than 100 Individual and Team State and National titles, including the K-5 Nationals in 2004 (Tucson, AZ team) and Denker competitions. His organization, called Arizona Chess For Schools, works tirelessly to promote chess on every level and also specializes in organizing chess events, camps and providing private and group lessons. To find out more please visit Arizonachessforschools.com or contact Levon directly at laltounian@msn.com.