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This August, will Anand beat Kasparov?

by Sagar Shah - 06/07/2017

Garry Kasparov has decided to come out from his chess retirement and fight it out against some of the best players in the world at the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2017 from 14th to 19th of August 2017. It will also reignite the rivalry between two of the best players that the game has ever seen - Kasparov and Anand. How will the 13th World Champion fare at this event. Will he beat everyone to death, or be crushed himself? If you think you know the answer, take part in our contest and win Master Class Vol.07 on Garry Kasparov.

World Champion at the age of 22! Garry Kasparov became the 13th World Chess Champion in 1985.

Just have a look at the table given below. You will see quite a few big names in the world of chess like Nakamura, Caruana, Aronian, Karjakin, Anand etc. Scroll to the bottom of that same table and you will find the name of one of the most charismatic chess players of all times - Garry Kasparov!

2017 Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz Field
Title Name URS Ranking *FIDE Rating Age Federation
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2 2796 29 U.S.
GM Fabiano Caruana 7 2752 24 U.S.
GM Levon Aronian 8 2797 36 Armenia
GM Sergey Karjakin 10 2773 26 Russia
GM Viswanathan Anand 12 2789 47 India
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 13 2819 26 Russia
GM David Navara Wildcard 2737 32 Czech Republic 
GM Le Quang Liem Wildcard 2747 26 Vietnam 
GM Lenier Dominguez Wildcard 2796 33 Cuba 
GM Garry Kasparov Wildcard  N/A 54 Russia 
*FIDE Rapid Rating, June 2017

Yes, you read that right, Garry Kasparov will be coming out of retirement to fight against some of the best players in the world at the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2017.

How will Kasparov fare against the best players in the world is the question on everyone's mind right now!

22 years ago Kasparov and Anand faced off against each other at the World Championship Match in 1995 in New York
And now 22 years later they will be back on the board fighting against each other!
From all the 78 games that they have played in different formats Anand has 8 wins, Kasparov has 27, and 43 draws.
This will be Anand's opportunity to pull back three wins and take his tally up to 11. The tournament will be held in the same format just like Paris and Leuven leg of the Grand Chess Tour where nine rounds of rapid will be followed by 18 rounds of blitz.
The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz will take place from the 14th to the 18th of August 2017. On 19th we will have the Ultimate Moves with Rex and Randy Sinquefield.
On 19th of August we will witness Ultimate Moves, a fun and exciting event!
The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz is preceded by the 2017 Sinquefield Cup where Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So would also be playing. This will be held from the 2nd to the 12th of August 2017.

2017 Sinquefield Cup Field

Title Name URS Ranking *FIDE Rating Age Federation
GM Magnus Carlsen 1 2832 26 Norway
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2 2785 29 U.S.
GM Wesley So 3 2812 23 U.S.
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 6 2796 26 France
GM Fabiano Caruana 7 2808 24 U.S.
GM Levon Aronian 8 2793 36 Armenia
GM Sergey Karjakin 10 2781 26 Russia
GM Viswanathan Anand 12 2786 47 India
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 13 2732 26 Russia
GM Peter Svidler Wildcard 2756 40 Russia
*FIDE Classical Rating, June 2017 

This will be a classical event. After a day's break we will see the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz with Garry Kasparov in action.


Talking about his return to competitive chess, Kasparov said, "It's a thrill to officially be returning to the game, and certainly not something I would have anticipated more than a decade after my retirement. Coming back to the board in Saint Louis is truly an honor – I wouldn't want to commemorate this moment anywhere else."

Kasparov DVD prize:

Kasparov's return to competitive chess is a moment to be celebrated. And we offer you the Master Class Vol.07 as a prize! All you have to do is answer two questions correctly.

ChessBase has the master class volume 7 on Kasparov. Grandmasters like Marin, Rogozenco, Mueller dissect Kasparov's play on the DVD and tell you all about his famous victories, playing style and much more.


We are offering this as a prize to the person who gives the right answer to the following two questions:


1. Out of ten what will be the final placing of Garry Kasparov?

2. What will be the individual score between Kasparov and Anand in the one rapid and two blitz games that they will play against each other.


You need to leave your answer below in the comments section in the following format:

1. Eighth place

2. 3-0 in favour of Vishy Anand.


In case more than one person gets the right answer, a lucky draw will be held and the winner will be determined. The last date for submitting your entry is 31st July.


In case you cannot wait until the 20th of August for the winner to be revealed, you can buy the Master Class on Garry Kasparov from the ChessBase India shop from here.

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