March 10, 2005

Exit Kasparov, But Kings May Yet Fall

by Nick Montfort · , 8:35 pm

Gary Kasparov, the strongest chess player in the world, champion from 1985-2000, the highest rated player in history, and the one behind the excellent PC chess player/tutor Kasparov’s Gambit, won the Linares Super Chess tournament today despite losing his last game to Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria. Kasparov, age 41, announced that he is retiring from competitive chess.

Kasparov is also the head of Committee 2008: Free Choice, a group that aims to unseat Vladimir Putin as president of Russia.