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|Best of Chess Informant - Garry Kasparov|
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(September 2006) CD 'The Best of Chess Informant - Garry Kasparov' by Chess Informant (Informator), published 2006. • 'Meet the Greatest Champion of all times: Up Close & Personal. Foreword by Garry Kasparov: "We are all Children of the Informant". In four different formats (Chess Informant Expert, PGN, ChessBase and Chess Assistant)' [from the Informant site] • Contains Chess Informant Expert (CIE) lite software (version 6.5), Kasparov software for CIE, and files for other formats.
Guide Review - Best of Chess Informant - Garry Kasparov
Full disclosure: we are big fans of Kasparov. Many years ago, when it was not as easy to get chess data as it is today, we played through his games from the 49th Soviet Championship and marvelled at his daring play and sacrifices. We have our own collection of his games, every volume of his 'Predecessor' series, and several of his other books. Kasparov is a chess genius.
A proper review of the CD would separate two things: 1) the functions provided by the underlying CIE software, and 2) the features specific to the Kasparov module. Although it is not always obvious, we think we have a good grasp on which is which. In a nutshell, we think the CIE software, specifically the 'Lite' version delivered with the CD, is somewhat clunky, but we feel the same about most chess database software that we have tried. We also think the Kasparov specific features are very good.
Masters beat most players; grandmasters beat masters; super grandmasters beat grandmasters; and Kasparov beat super grandmasters. What can most players learn from Kasparov? Our answer is that you don't have to be a great artist to appreciate great art; ditto for chess.
The functions under 'Play like Kasparov' use 'CI Solver's Kit' technology; see our review of 'Anthology of Chess Combinations' for a description of this software which emulates solitaire chess. The 'Hint' button should be very handy for most players.
Most suitable for experienced players who want to study Kasparov's games.