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Chessbase.com Posts on Garry Kasparov
Working file, April 2008

Chessbase.com posts on Kasparov; working file for Catching Up with Kasparov (April 2008).


Garry Kasparov turns 40 • 'At a time when chess players should be slipping, Garry Kasparov is still at the top of the chess world, where he has now been perched for over 18 years. Today is his 40th birthday, and instead of putting together a summary of his career we simply clicked a few times in ChessBase and allowed the database which he originally initiated to put together some biographical information.' [13.04.2003]

The latest from Yalta, Prague and FIDE • 'It looks like the FIDE world championship will be held in early September in Yalta, Ukraine. Unfortunately it clashes with the annual Eurotel Trophy in Prague, which this year will be a six-game Man-vs-Woman extravaganza. Meanwhile FIDE president Ilyumzhinov has "local difficulties", as reported on the pages of The Scotsman by John Henderson.' [26.06.2003]

Live from New York, it's Garry Kasparov! • 'Like any author with a new book out Garry Kasparov is making the publicity rounds. We met with the author of "My Great Predecessors" at his hotel and logged in to the Playchess.com server for an hour of Q&A with 1500 online fans. We bring you an illustrated report of the session, including some portrait pictures by a budding young photographer.' [13.07.2003]

Kasparov Takes Manhattan • 'From the length of the line you would have thought someone was giving out free food or theater tickets. But the commotion was caused Garry Kasparov signing copies of his new book at a Manhattan Barnes & Noble. Hundreds of fans turned out to buy the book and hear Kasparov talk about his great predecessors. Now if only they had had more books...' [17.07.2003]

But what if they make a mistake? • 'Now it is official: the FIDE world championship match between Ruslan Ponomariov and Garry Kasparov will begin on Sept. 19 in the Black Sea resort of Yalta, Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kuchma will be present and make the first moves for Kasparov and Ponomariov.' [22.07.2003]

A world championship is getting closer, closer... • 'After months of confusion and silence there is finally some good news about the FIDE world championship match. The Ukrainian and the Russian have been signed by Ilyumzhinov and of course we mean Kuchma and Putin. What about Kasparov and Ponomariov? And why is a Bangladeshi leading the British Championship?' [28.07.2003]

FIDE cancels world championship match • 'In a press conference in Moscow FIDE president Ilyumzhinov today cancelled the Yalta world chess championship match, effectively disqualifying its world champion Ruslan Ponomariov. A new cycle will be staged as a classical 128-player knockout tournament in December. The unification process remains in place.' [29.08.2003]

A crackling documentary: Kasparov and the Machine • 'The intersection of chess and computers -- hardly a subject for a full-length movie documentary. Some people were wondering if award-winning director Vikram Jayanti was trying to commit career suicide by taking on this project ("Is he getting his funding from Nytol?"). But now the film has premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to enthusiastic reviews.' [13.09.2003]

Game over: Kasparov and the Machine • 'On October 13th the documentary ‘Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine’ had its world premiere at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival. The movie charts the events surrounding Garry Kasparov’s match against Deep Blue in 1997. Joanne Pittaway watched the film and spoke to its makers.' [19.10.2003]

A Predecessor, a successor, and The Art of Chess • 'What would national Chess Week be without the top player in the world? Garry Kasparov was invited to The Art of Chess exhibition in London as part of Chess Week in England. 12-year-old David Howell, who holds the record as the youngest player ever to beat a GM, was also on hand. Howell is also flying around England in a helicopter putting in appearances to promote chess!' [22.10.2003]

Kasparov: Russia is turning into a police state • 'On a trip to Denmark Garry Kasparov gave a no-holds-barred interview to DR TV. "Putin was a KGB officer who believes the country needs if not a dictatorship at least a very strong hand, an iron fist," says Kasparov, who also hints that he may soon be playing "a certain role" in Russian politics himself.' [14.12.2003]

Kasparov vs. the Kremlin • 'In the last election the party backed by President Vladimir Putin won more than 300 seats in the 450-seat Duma. Now a group of leading Russian liberals, including world chess number one Garry Kasparov, have set up a committee with the stated purpose of working for fair elections – in 2008.' [21.01.2004]

Chess on the Beeb – Kasparov vs. the Kremlin • 'We recently reported on the foundation by Garry Kasparov and prominent liberals in Russia of a group to oust Vladimir Putin in the 2008 presidential elections. Today BBC News aired a remarkable six-and-a-half minute report, in which the situation in Russia is described. The situation is described, not the least by Garry Kasparov, in very outspoken terms.' [08.02.2004]

Garry Kasparov for president!? • 'Is the chess #1 considering a move to becoming the Russian #1? Running a country easier than playing in Linares? Kasparov recently launched the democratic reform group Free Choice 2008 Committee. Today, the day of Putin's reelection, Kasparov gave an interview to ABC News in which he didn't deny (or confirm!) his own political aspirations.' [15.03.2004]

'You must take a stand or leave the place' • 'Garry Kasparov is not holding back. In a recent 11-minute interview with CBC television he talked very forcefully about the current political situation in Russia. "Within a few years Russia will be fully authoritarian state with elections just being called for the sake of the rest of the world," he says.' [10.04.2004]

Kasparov blood-curdling testimony • 'We know him as an fear-inspiring player on the chess board, but in the political arena Garry Kasparov also remains true to his nature. Brave, outspoken, even incautious, he'll express his view without fear of consequences. You can see this in his article in the Wall Street Journal and his powerful statement to the Human Rights commission in Washington.' [25.05.2004]

US women meet professor Kasparov • 'A lesson in slam-dunking from Jordan wouldn't help you. But how about chess lessons from Garry Kasparov? That's what the US women's Olympiad training squad got last weekend. It was fascinating, but we were too busy taking pictures to learn anything.' [05.06.2004]

Kasparov's Keynote Address • 'Garry Kasparov, the world's number one chess player, is very active in world politics. As chairman of the oppositional "Committee 2008" in Russia Kasparov was invited to speak to the Baltic Development Forum in Hamburg, Germany. As usual he did not hold back with sharp criticism of the Russian government.' [14.09.2004]

Kasparov vs Kasimdzhanov in January in Dubai • 'The reunification match between FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Garry Kasparov is scheduled to take place next January in the United Arab Emirates. The prize sum is US $1.2 million. The players will stay in the only seven-star hotel in the world.' [13.10.2004]

Kasparov's letter to FIDE • 'The reunification match between Garry Kasparov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov is scheduled for January 7 – 24 in Dubai. However at the FIDE Congress in Calvià nothing concrete was announced. The funding of the match and many other details appear to be in doubt. In an open letter to the FIDE General Assembly Garry Kasparov delivers firm ultimatums.' [29.10.2004]

Levy on Reunification • 'Recently David Levy, IM, computer expert, author, long-time FIDE delegate, wrote a hilariously satirical piece on the reunification process in chess. But laughter doesn't solve the very real problems that doubtlessly exist in the chess world today. Now David has sent us a dead serious evaluation of the situation and proposals for its resolution.' [12.11.2004]

A letter from Makro • 'Two days before the start of the 57th Russian Championship Super Final in Moscow a press conference was held in which Garry Kasparov spoke defensively about the prospects of his up-coming reunification match against Rustam Kasimdzhanov actually being staged. Now FIDE deputy Georgios Makropoulos has sent us a reply to Kasparov.' [22.11.2004]

Winning back the mammoth's tusks • 'Twenty years ago, to the day, he entered the hotel Rossija with a minus five score. Last week Garry Kasparov left it with plus five. In a candid interview with Sport Express the winner of the Russian Championship talks about his form, his play, Kramnik vs Leko, and the situation in world chess.' [01.12.2004]

Breaking news: Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov in Turkey? • 'We are receiving word that FIDE will not hold the reunification match, scheduled for January 14, 2005, in Dubai after all. Instead efforts are under way to stage it in Turkey, as proposed on October 30, 2004 by the president of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici.' [02.12.2004]

The Titan speaks his mind; Interview with Garry Kasparov • 'Garry Kasparov talks the way he plays chess: straight-forward, self-critical, telling it the way it is. In a extensive, in-depth discussion the 2004 Russian Champion touches on his magnificent victory in the Super Final, his upcoming match against Kasimdzhanov, Kramnik, and Fischer Random Chess.' [04.12.2004]

FIDE terminates negotiations with Dubai • 'As we reported recently, FIDE was preparing to cancel its plans to hold the reunification match between Garry Kasparov and Rustam Kasimdzhinov, scheduled for January 14, 2005, in Dubai, UAE, and to make arrangements to stage it in Turkey instead. Now FIDE confirms that negotiations with Dubai have indeed been terminated.' [07.12.2004]

A royal reception for US women's team • 'The first medal in US women's team history has reached home shores to fanfare from coast to coast. This week they were welcomed in New York by the state's Governor, George Pataki. In the evening there was a media reception. Both events included the team's special trainer, Garry Kasparov.' [10.12.2004]

Kasparov aims for Putin checkmate • 'In an interview with the BBC Garry Kasparov has attacked the president of Russia Vladimir Putin as a "fascist" who is dismantling Russian democracy with the support of a supine West. Kasparov advocates cancelling the G8 summit planned for Moscow 2006. "It will be like the Berlin Olympics in 1936," he said.' [10.01.2005]

Kasparov IV opens in London; Garry Kasparov at the London Chess Center • 'Volume four of Garry Kasparov's My Great Predecessors, which concentrates on Bobby Fischer, has sold 9000 copies in its first three weeks – and that's just the English edition. Last weekend the author visited the London Chess Centre to lecture and sign copies for his fans.' [13.01.2005]

Kasparov to FIDE: Enough is enough • 'After over two and a half frustrating years and four postponed or cancelled matches, Garry Kasparov announces his exit from the 2005 FIDE world championship. "It is time to reclaim my life," Kasparov said, as he halted negotiations with FIDE over his match with Rustam Kasimdzhanov – after more deadlines had passed.' [18.01.2005]

FIDE to Kasparov: one more week • 'The world chess organisation has reacted to Garry Kasparov's withdrawal from the reunification cycle, stating that the bank guarantees Kasparov had demanded would have been in place on January 25. It is impossible, says FIDE, to secure high prize funds without the necessary time, and when the participants demand excessive financial guarantees.' [20.01.2005]

Caligula in Moscow • 'Garry Kasparov has once again lashed out at the Russian government, accusing President Vladimir Putin of behavior akin to that of the Roman emperor who appointed his stallion Incitatus a Consul in the Roman Senate. Kasparov warns that the patience of the Russian people is wearing thin. No mincing of words by the world's strongest chessplayer in this Wall Street Journal article.' [10.02.2005]

Ilyumzhinov: reunification with or without Kasparov • 'Reunification is still on track, the match in Turkey will go ahead, for an increased prize sum of $1.65 million. That was the gist of a press conference held by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in Moscow yesterday. He has given Garry Kasparov a deadline until February 26 to agree to the conditions, otherwise another player will replace him.' [16.02.2005]

'Too early to bury the unification' • 'With the reunification match between Kasparov and Kasimdzhanov on ice FIDE is on the offensive, with a press conference and an interview by the president. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is also the President of the Republic of Kalmykia, describes the background of negotiations and his expectations for the future with the Russian newspaper Sport Express.' [17.02.2005]

FIDE's latest unification plan • 'Word has come out from FIDE's recent Presidential Council in Tbilsi, Georgia. FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is now calling for a unification tournament to be held in Elista, Kalmykia. FIDE also appointed a new General Secretary and criticized the Spanish federation.' [28.02.2005]

Garry Kasparov retires from professional chess • 'The winner of Linares and the world's strongest chess player, Garry Kasparov, has just announced his retirement from professional chess. His games in this tournament were the last in a career that has spanned thirty years, twenty of which were spent on the top of the world ratings list.' [10.03.2005]

'Don't leave us out in the cold' • 'Three days ago Garry Kasparov announced that he is retiring from professional chess. Since then we have received a large number of letters addressing the subject, while the newspapers and Internet news sites have been full of the subject. We bring you excerpts and, for readers who want to write to the great player, a special feedback form.' [14.03.2005]

Kasparov's Great Game • 'Word of his retirement and political ambitions has flooded the news. Now we bring you Kasparov's own article, which he wrote for the Wall Street Journal. There is more looking forward than back. We call your attention to the position on the map of Russia chessboard, Kasparov's new field of battle.' [15.03.2005]

ChessBase.com - Chess News - ABC Person of the Week: Garry Kasparov • 'During a visit to New York explained the reasons for his sudden retirement from the game last week. You can watch the report on ABC's "on demand" service ($4.95) or read about it on their news site. Or you can see what it looked like behind the cameras in our behind the scenes report!' [19.03.2005]

BBC World Service: listen to Garry Kasparov • '"I was struck by how modest he sounded about his ambitions," says BBC political analyst in Moscow Masha Lipman about Garry Kasparov's plans to go into politics. "He wasn't sure whether he could make a difference, but he wanted to give it a try." Here's a substantial interview conducted on Wednesday by the BBC World Service.' [31.03.2005]

FIDE ratings: Garry Kasparov retires at 2812 • 'For twenty years he has been at the top of the rating lists, in 1990 he was the first player to cross the 2800 mark. In 1999 he achieved a record 2851 rating. Now Garry Kasparov has retired from professional chess, still at the top, with a rating of 2812. His heir apparent is Vishy Anand at 2785, followed by Topalov, Leko and Kramnik. Latest FIDE ratings.' [02.04.2005]

Kasparov on the future of Russian politics • 'This week on Sunday Profile, an Australian news program, Gary Kasparov was interviewed by Monica Attard, one of the country's most respected news and current affairs journalists. The subject: Kasparov's decision to leave the world of professional chess and enter into the fray of Russian politics, and the personal consequences that entails.' [04.04.2005]

The Garry Kasparov Interview, Part 1 • 'This is the one you've been waiting for. Actually, the three you've been waiting for. Our epic post-retirement interview with Garry Kasparov covers his best games, the future of chess, retirement plans, Kramnik, Karpov, Deep Blue, computers, and much, much more. And of course there are plenty of fantastic photos.' [05.04.2005]

News and views from the world of chess • 'Grandmaster Akopian mistakenly arrested on murder suspicion. Fischer ready to sue the US government for $200 million. Kasparov forms a new political party. Karpov criticises him and defends Putin. Indian chess row apparently resolved. US chess club advocates Scholar's Mate instead of sex. Who said chess was boring?' [07.04.2005]

The Garry Kasparov Interview, Part 2 • 'In the second installment of our epic interview with the world's highest-rated chess retiree, we discuss Kasparov's picks for his best games, tournaments, and years, his legendary opening preparation, chess evolution over the decades, and the past and future of chess and the championship. And what about Fischer?' [14.04.2005]

Kasparov assaulted in Moscow • 'Garry Kasparov was attacked after a meeting with youth activists in Moscow. He was approached by an autograph seeking participant. The young man circled Kasparov and delivered a sharp blow to the head with the chessboard. Russian news agencies place the blame on the pro-Putin organisations Nashi.' [16.04.2005]

Should business managers learn chess? • 'Can chess provide special abilities that would be useful to our business leaders? A senior business editor of the prestigious Harvard Business Review discussed this question with Garry Kasparov, and the two produced a very thoughtful article on the subject.' [25.04.2005]

The Garry Kasparov Interview, Part 3 • 'He has left chess behind, and so does this final installment of Mig's interview with Garry Kasparov. This segment provides details of Kasparov's political ambitions and opinions. What is the future of democracy in Russia, and what are Bush and other western leaders doing? Read about Kasparov's toughest fight yet.' [16.05.2005]

Kasparov manhandled by police at Moscow protest • 'You probably know from the news headlines that the Russian oil billionaire and regime opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been found guilty of fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement by a Moscow court. On the streets protesters gathered in support of the former Yukos CEO, amongst them Garry Kasparov, who again found himself under physical attack.' [16.05.2005]

Bush’s Buddy in Moscow • 'Is the West – and specifically US President George Bush – coddling the current regime in the Kremlin? Is the US supporting dictators just because they are considered important allies in the war on terror? Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion and contributing editor at the Wall Street Journal, answers this question with a blistering “yes”.' [02.06.2005]

Kasparov on the trail and in the news • 'After retiring from competitive chess in March this year Garry Kasparov, arguably the strongest player in the history of the game, has dedicated himself to political reform in his native Russia. This week he is spending in smaller towns and rural districts. MoscowNews did an interview and Dutch TV had a video report.' [29.06.2005]

Kasparov detained at Domodedovo Airport • 'Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, now active in Russian oppositional politics, was briefly detained on his return to Russia from a trip to Croatia. Everyone in his group was let through without problems, but border guards spent time checking whether they could prevent a Russian citizen from entering. The Moscow Times reports.' [23.08.2005]

'Winning is not a secret, it is something you can learn' • 'In a series called "German Dream" the national TV station ZDF is interviewing intellectuals from all over the world about their personal dreams for the country. One of them was former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, who spoke with eloquence and commitment of what this century has in store for us. We bring you transcripts and the original audio links.' [13.09.2005]

The Day Kasparov Quit • 'Exactly one year ago, on the evening of March 10th 2005, Garry Kasparov shocked the world by announcing his retirement from competitive chess. "The Day Kasparov Quit" is the name of a book by the Dutch editor of New in Chess Magazine, Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, which contains the farewell interview – together with 25 others. If you guess five quotes from this book you can win a free copy.' [10.03.2006]

Kasparov's aide badly beaten in Moscow • 'Marina Litvinovich, aide to Russian opposition politician Garry Kasparov and a former head of the electoral headquarters of the liberal SPS party, was badly beaten on a Moscow street on Monday evening. Litvinovich was hit over the head from behind as she was leavind her office. This is not the first attack on United Civil Front activists.' [21.03.2006]

Garry Kasparov launches – a new search engine • 'For the initial launch it was former US President Bill Clinton who took center stage. This time Accoona, a search engine company that has set itself the goal to challenge the supremacy of Google, asked former world chess champion Garry Kasparov to do the honours. Kasparov introduced what he called this new hitchhiker's guide to cyberspace.' [24.03.2006]

Garry Kasparov in Chess Cafe and on BBC • 'Chess Cafe has done an indepth interview with Garry Kasparov on volume five of his "Great Predecessors". And yesterday a special edition of BBC's Question time, broadcast from Moscow, had the former champion turned politician on the panel. The debate was heated and contraversial – and can be watched in full on BBC's video service' [31.03.2006]

Kasparov: 'I'm just an interested outsider' • 'Recently Garry Kasparov spent a few days in Greece to launch the first volume of his book series "My Great Predecessors". He gave a press conference in Athens and answered questions from a group of Greek chess journalists. See what the Great Chess Player has to say about retirement, Topalov-Kramnik and the FIDE Presidency.' [24.05.2006]

Kasparov vs Putin before the G8 summit • 'From July 15 to 17 the "Group of Eight Summit" is being held in St. Petersburg. The G8 consists of the world's most powerful democracies. Former world champion Garry Kasparov, who believes Russia should be expelled, since it is sliding back into dictatorship under the Vladimir Putin, has organised an alternate summit.' [14.07.2006]

Meet Garry Kasparov – live or on Playchess • 'He is no longer active in competitive chess – in fact these days he spends much of his time making life difficult for Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Garry is still working on a book series entitled "My Great Predecessors", and occasionally participates in a book signing. You can attend in person at the London Chess Centre or virtually on Playchess.' [23.07.2006]

Kasparov, Karpov, Korchnoi and Polgar in Zurich • 'It will be a day with the champions: Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Kortschnoi and Judit Polgar playing an exhibition blitz tournament in the Credit Suisse building, and then giving a simultaneous display on 80 boards. You can watch it live on Playchess.com. Here are all the schedule details, and for starters a great interview with Garry Kasparov.' [19.08.2006]

The Credit Suisse Blitz – in pictures • 'Last Tuesday the Swiss metropol of Zurich saw a remarkable encounter of chess legends: Viktor Korchnoi, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Judit Polgar gathered together for a blitz tournament. Simultaneous displays and a gala dinner followed.' [27.08.2006]

Quest on Kasparov – catch it if you can • 'In a program called "Quest for Genius" CNN presenter Richard Quest takes a journey into the human mind, exploring the concept of genius. "When it comes to cerebral challenges," he says, "few can match the majesty of chess. And when it comes to grandmasters, nobody is more regal than Russia's Garry Kimovich Kasparov."' [24.09.2006]

Kasparov on Elista in the Wall Street Journal • 'Garry Kasparov is the last man to hold the title of unified world chess champion. A contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal, his latest editorial comments on the world championship scandal in Elista and the events leading up to it. Was the meltdown after game four inevitable? After the article we bring you an exclusive interview.' [03.10.2006]

The Anna Politkovskaya slaying – is Kasparov in danger? • 'On October 7th the US born Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in the elevator of her apartment block in central Moscow. Her writings were very critical of the Russian government and army, she was a fervent supporter of human rights and the rule of law. The same can be said about Garry Kasparov, who now himself feels threatened.' [13.10.2006]

"We will march!" : Spiegel Online interview with Garry Kasparov • 'A Russian anti-terror hit team raided the offices of the oppositional "United Civil Front" in Moscow. It's founder, Garry Kasparov, was removed from a German TV news discussion, at the behest of Russian authorities. Things are looking dangerous for the former world chess champion, who will participate in a "March of the Dissidents" on Saturday. Spiegel Online.' [14.12.2006]

Chess Champion Kasparov's oppositional gambit • 'Garry Kasparov led a coalition of Russian politicians Saturday in an anti-government rally in Moscow. Hundreds of police turned out to surround about 2,000 demonstrators, opposition activists were pulled off buses and trains and detained without explanation. European and international news if full of the story.' [17.12.2006]

Kasparov speaks to the Foreign Policy Association • '"History teaches us they are ideas worth fighting for and worth dying for," said Garry Kasparov in his speech to this prestigious organisation in New York. "The current Kremlin regime under Vladimir Putin is in some ways a new and difficult cancer to diagnose and treat." Strong words from the former World Champion.' [21.02.2007]

Garry Kasparov marches on • '2000 protesters were announced, over 5000 turned up. They were confronted by 3000 riot police, over 100 were beaten and detained. This biggest protest rally against the current regime in Russia was organized by former chess world champion Garry Kasparov and former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The movement is growing.' [05.03.2007]

How Life Imitates Chess – Kasparov on tour • 'On Friday Hurricane Garry made landfall in Germany. The thirteenth world champion is here to promote his new book, "How Life Imitates Chess", but also to record at least one new ChessBase DVD (Najdorf 3!). There are book signings, lectures, interviews and TV appearances in different German cities. If you are in the vicinity you might want to catch one of them.' [18.03.2007]

The Kasparov Diary – tour in Germany • 'For just over a week Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, book author and now de facto leader of the Russian opposition, is touring Germany and Switzerland. After his blitz in Hamburg he proceeded to Cologne where he took part in a debate with one of Germany's top investigative journalists, on a "Literature Ship" sailing the Rhine.' [22.03.2007]

Kasparov in England – catch him if you can • 'After taking Germany (and Switzerland) Garry Kasparov now continues his book promotional tour in the UK. There is a book signing on Tuesday, plenty of print reports, photo shoots, radio interviews and TV appearances, on Sky, BBC and, would you believe it, Al Jazeera. Here's a schedule of Kasparov's activities.' [01.04.2007]

Kasparov arrested in Moscow, now freed • 'Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, who heads the United Civil Front opposition organization against the Putin government, was trying to attend an oppositional protest rally at Pushkin Square. The government had mobilised 9,000 police to block the march. Update: Kasparov released close to midnight Moscow time after 10 hours of detention.' [14.04.2007]

Worldwide condemnation of Kasparov's arrest • 'The detention of the head of the Russian United Civil Front opposition organization, Garry Kasparov, has made the news in almost every Western TV channel, and is reported in all major news agencies and newspapers. Sky TV has put a video report on their web site, and the Kasparov.ru web site provided dramatic pictures.' [15.04.2007]

Kasparov's risky moves provoke the Kremlin • 'After organising two protest rallies and getting arrested and fined former world chess champion Garry Kasparov was interrogated by prosecutors of Russia's main security agency. That and dozens of interviews given by the leader of the opposition group has led to another slew of report in the world media outlets – including the eerily hysterical "Putin Diary".' [22.04.2007]

Kasparov on Nova TV in the Netherlands • 'Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov is on tour again to promote his book. In Holland he appeared for a fairly extensive interview on Nova TV, Den Haag. Naturally he was questionen on the passing of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, but also on his role in Russian politics. The interview gives some fresh insights and is well worth watching.' [25.04.2007]

Garry Kasparov makes TIME 100 list • 'Once a year Time Magazine compiles a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Oprah Winfrey made the list a record five times, Bill Gates four times, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Condoleezza Rice three times. The 2007 list which hits the newsstands today includes a chess player who today is "leading a lonely fight for greater democracy in Russia."' [04.05.2007]

Garry Kasparov detained, world leaders protest • 'The former world chess champion and current leader of the Other Russia opposition group, together with dozens of journalists and activists, was prevented from attending the European Union-Russia summit in Samara, Russia. The incident has dominated the international press, and led to protests by amongst others German Chancellor Angela Merkel and, yes, M-Tel organiser Silvio Danailov.' [20.05.2007]

Kasparov: 'Putin's System works like the Stalin regime' • 'In an interview with the influential German magazine Capital Garry Kasparov, opposition leader of The Other Russia, takes the regime of President Vladimir Putin to task. The ex-world chess champion also accuses the West of being accomplice to the decline of democracy in Russia. In spite of the constant danger of assassination he lives with his family in Moscow.' [17.08.2007]

Kasparov in DNA: Anand is the favourite in Mexico • 'Today the Indian news portal DNA asked former world champion Garry Kasparov to predict who would win the world championship in Mexico. "I'm not trying to please your readers by saying that Vishy Anand is the clear favourite," he replied. Kasparov also takes the blame for the decade-long split in the chess world, calling his 1993 decision to break with FIDE "a mistake".' [10.09.2007]

The Match of his Life – Kasparov on 60 Minutes • 'If you receive CBS News, you can see a report on former world champion and current Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov, who comes on tonight (Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. ET/PT) – after a segment in which the Iranian President Ahmadinejad addresses controversies regarding his country's alleged assistance to Iraqi insurgents and his intentions to visit ground zero.' [23.09.2007]

Kasparov wins opposition primaries in Russia • 'The Moscow branch of the Other Russia opposition party Monday chose former world chess champion Garry Kasparov as candidate for the 2008 presidential elections. Kasparov garnered 66 of a possible 113 votes at the all-important Moscow primary, defeating ex-premier Mikhail Kasyanov. In addition to many international reports there is a remarkable 12-page (!) story in the New Yorker.' [27.09.2007]

Kasparov on Maher – checkmate in two • 'Bill Maher is a colorful, eloquent and witty talkshow host, a comedian who has very high ratings and a dedicated following. Maher also tends to dominated his guests with his superior intellect and verbal skills. But his encounter with Garry Kasparov ended in a double checkmate for the former world chess champion. It was an impressive display in a tough talk show.' [20.10.2007]

Kasparov vs Wolf Blitzer on CNN's Late Edition • 'He did it again: the former world champion and leader of the Russian opposition has appeared on yet another prime time American TV show. After Colbert and Maher, this time Kasparov argues with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about Russian politics under the regime of the president Vladimir Putin. Late Edition can be seen all over the world – in case you missed it here are transcripts and a podcast.' [24.10.2007]

Kasparov on Chris Matthews' Hardball • 'Yet again we see Garry Kasparov on a big American TV network. One Good Move, which provides the video feed, writes: "Kasparov makes a compelling case for the Bush Administration's hypocrisy in the world, and that Putin has the puppet Bush dancing to his tune. A dance meant to keep the world in turmoil so that KGB Inc. can benefit from high oil prices."' [25.10.2007]

Catch it if you can: Garry Kasparov on CV Warehouse • 'On Monday, November 19 at 18.30 CET, Garry Kasparov will play a simultaneous exhibition against 26 opponents (24 CEOs and two children) in Antwerp, Belgium. Nigel Short will provide commentary. The event will be filmed in HDTV, and everybody can watch the games on a special coverage page. Details are somewhat sketchy, but it's worth a try.' [19.11.2007]

Kasparov arrested in Moscow, jailed for five days • 'Russian police detained opposition leader and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, and a judge sentenced him to five days in jail in Moscow. About 3,000 protesters attended the rally, including for the first time the leader of one of the mainstream liberal parties – a sign that the movement is growing. News reports, video interview in Fox and a dramatic BBC report of the arrest.' [25.11.2007]

In the news: Kasparov's arrest and detention in Moscow • 'All news channels are carrying reports, in Europe, the US and all over the rest of the world. Former world chess champion and Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov's arrest and five-day sentence for taking part in an anti-government rally is also covered in 1400+ newspaper articles. AOL/AP has new video footage and a slideshow of disturbing images.' [26.11.2007]

Kasparov on forced hunger strike – now release from prison • '"We have strictly instructed him not to drink any water or eat any food they offer him in detention," says Kasparov's lawyer Karinna Moskalenko. The fear is that he might be poisoned. Amnesty International have condemned the arrest, classifying Kasparov as a prisoner of conscience. Meanwhile old rival Anatoly Karpov tried to visit Kasparov in jail but was denied access. Latest: Kasparov is free.' [29.11.2007]

Kasparov ends bid for Russian Presidency • 'On Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin hand-picked a successor, who on Tuesday said he would ask Putin to become his prime minister. Meanwhile Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, was forced to abandon his own bid for the Presidency after his organisation was unable to rent a convention hall anywhere in Moscow before the Wednesday deadline. ' [13.12.2007]

Kasparov in New York – and on Al Jazeera • 'What does the former World Champion do when he is not taking part in political rallies against Russian leader Vladimir Putin, or serving a prison sentence in Moscow for political activities? Garry Kasparov spends quality time in New York, doing book signings in the mega bookshops of the US metropolis. We have pictures from recent signings and a remarkable must-watch TV report on Al Jazeera.' [20.12.2007]

Bobby Fischer dies in Iceland • 'One of the world's greatest chess geniuses, Bobby Fischer, has died at the age of 64. A spokesman for Fischer said the former world chess champion passed away in a Reykjavik hospital yesterday. The US-born former world chess champion, who became famous around the world for beating the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in 1972, had been seriously ill for some time.' [18.01.2008]

Life After Chess – Kasparov in Newsweek • 'Recently Garry Kasparov wrote a eulogy for Bobby Fischer in Time Magazine. This week the former world chess champion and author of general life strategy books is featured in a Newsweek article, conducted via Skype call. Other stories tell of Kasparov's detention on a trip to Sochi, his lawsuit against a pro- Kremlin youth organisation and his question to US Presidential candidates.' [21.02.2008]