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Garry Kasparov

Lesson time 06:47 min

After a crushing loss to Karpov, Garry analyzed his play and came up with a variation that he never used.

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There were so many ideas I wish I could have used, but I didn't play enough games to put on display all my analysis. I've been thinking about a few ideas that I never used, and they could still have some practical importance for you guys. I came up with a few, but the one I want to show, it's another sacrifice. I like sacrifices. And it's one of my favorite openings-- King's Indian. And it's somehow connected to my matches with Karpov-- surprise, surprise-- actually to the game, game 23, our match in 1990-- the game I lost. After losing the game, you always come back and try to come up with some new ideas. It's King's Indian-- d4, Nf6, c4, g6, Nc3, Bg7, e4, d6, and f3-- Samisch Variation. 0-0, Be3. I played here all sorts of moves, but e5 that I played against Karpov, more often than other moves. So d5-- I played both Nh5 and c6 against Karpov. But here is Nh5, Qd2, and not f5-- that was a classical approach-- but this move, Qh4+. First it was introduced by David Bronstein against Boris Spassky in 1956. The idea of it is if white goes Bf2, then you can play Qf4, exchange a queen. But also you can go Qe7, and bishop on f2 is not well located. So after f5, white eventually will have to play Be3 and then black has just an extra move. But what if white played g3? And there's a queen sacrifice. Nxg3, then Qf2, pin. Nxf1, Qxh4, Nxe3. White has to defend against Nc2+. That's Ke2. That's a right move. Nxc4. The best move is Rc1. And black plays Na6. And it's a game. It's a game. In fact I even played this game with white once against Yasser Seirawan. Very complicated game-- I think I was better at one point, but it was very sharp and ended up as a draw. I have to say that in the game against Karpov, for some reasons I decided against sacrificing the queen and went back to e7-- bad move-- and Karpov played a very good game. He won it. It didn't help him to save the match, because I was already two points ahead. And we drew the final game, game 24. I won the match-- our last match, the fifth one. And I kept coming back. So I was thinking, OK, so what about this queen sacrifice? Because what I didn't like is just that when you take this pawn, the knight has to go back. And it's not the best location. And then suddenly I realized, it's always nice to take a pawn. But we already have a broken material balance. Black has two bishops and a pawn for the queen. One extra point maybe doesn't make much of a difference. What about playing Nc2? That's a move I strongly recommend. That's a novelty that, you know, could be a game changer. White moves rook somewhere, on f1. And then you go back. Now Nd4+, Kd1, Nd7, Nge2. And here you can even play something like a6, preventing white from exchanging and going on b5. Because when white takes here, and you take-- knight goes h...

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At age 22, Garry Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion. After beating Bobby Fischer’s peak rating, he outranked his fiercest competitors for over twenty years. Now, Garry is ready to share the chess strategy that made him a six-time world champion. Through detailed lessons, including his favorite openings and advanced tactics, you will develop the instincts and philosophy to become a stronger player.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Many wonderful ideas and concepts were discussed. I would've liked a little more information on openings for beginners and intermediate players.

I've tried to learn about chess before but it was too dry, Garry made it fun with Forks, Spears, Pins and more!

I have learned the Bishop and Knight checkmate, and now I tend to sacrifice my queen and still win. One example was that I developed my variation of QGA (Queen's gambit accepted) by winning the rook if the opponent doesn't notice and sacrifice my queen for another rook and bishop (that's 13 points for 9 or 10) and unfortunately my opponent missed a mate in 5.

It was everything I could except from an online class. Garry Kasparow is passionate and we can feel how much he loves teaching chess too. Thank you.


Prakash A.

I always considered chess as an ultimate application of strategy and decision making skills. I was my college champion in 1961 and then, did not get opportunity to even rank myself in the game. In real life as well, you must play chess to win by moving your assets in proper sequence and in a timely fashion. This course taught me that one should not only learn from your mistakes but must analyze your successes as well to utilize the lessons learned for future application and success. Garry Kasparov puts this perspective very clearly and the whole journey of the 29 lessons was a wonderful trip, especially during the quarantine period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you Garry and thank you Master Class.

Chadanuch W.

After finishing the class, I still cannot play chess, it's still very complicate to play. But I do get the most experience moments while study with Mr. Karparov, the way of analysis problems, the way of making decision, and those lessons that he taught help improving my life of seeing things in different ways. Thank you Mr. Karparov, it's such an honor to learn from you. I salute you with my heart.

Caroline F.

As a pretty good "armchair" chess player, I have a question for Mr. Kasparov: Do you think not being able to see a human face worked against you in the game you lost to Big Blue? The primary reason I have no interest in tournament chess is because I don't like time limits. I like to see my opponent's face, watch where he is tracking the board with his eyes. Watch his body language. "Clocks" and timed answers wipe out a lot of geniuses in both chess and IQ testing. So I'm extremely curios; Do you think Big Blue NOT having a human face and body language worked against you? Thanks!

Geoffrey K.

Thank you Garry Kasparov for this life lesson. As a lifelong fan of football and specifically german football, after i learned that Pep Guardiola himself met Kasparov to add chess ideas to his football tactics, I spent hours analyzing Bayern Munich Pep Guardiola matches ... Unbelievable how the wingers operate like bishops while the Central Midfielders cover center ground and space left behind by wingers just like the Knights. The intricate positional interchange. A real Joy to see how those chess lessons are really part of our lives. Very enjoyable Masterclass. Eye Opener. Recommended for every chess enthusiast.

The Chandrawinatas

My first class with Masterclass, and I am so blown away. Looking forward to taking other master classes courses

Nasrin T.

I have learned so much! That was a lot more information than I expected and I say that in a good way! I love the length of the whole lesson, I enjoyed the image mirroring his every move. I enjoyed learning his story, some of the history, and all of the techniques that he uses. I learned a lot and I have a lot of material to use when I play. Mr. Kasparov is a phenomenal speaker, and he is such a joy to listen to.


Kasparov is a fantastic person i even would like to see him in real life😁😊🙂😘

Therese-Marie O.

Thoroughly enjoyed the class and Mr. Kasparov's insights. I remember watching him play Big Blue and thinking, how miserable to play a computer. I also agree that playing on a real chess board helps me really SEE everything that's happening. I've run a business for 36 years based on principles I've learned since my dad taught me to play chess at age 10. These are some of the take-aways: Never lose sight of the goal––it's to checkmate the king; Greed kills––finesse is so much more enjoyable than bludgeoning your opponent to death. Learn the order of doing things efficiently; know your opponent and take nothing for granted; play an elegant game. I liked his comments on the beauty of the game. If you are playing someone with obviously less experience, don't gloat when you win. I also found valuable the suggestion of studying the Old Masters and still play a strong 4 knights game á la Ruy López and frequently win! Thank you.

A fellow student

Very nice Masterclass course. I am glad I took it. Thank you very much Garry!

A fellow student

Perhaps better than saying just how much value this class as a whole was to me (a ton), I should give you all a short summarization of my biggest takeaway. I think my biggest takeaway is that endgame is very undervalued and should be prioritized above openings, that computers should not be the source of our ideas but rather the place where we go simply to confirm/deny our creative thoughts, and that brutal self-analysis is the path to improvement. Thank Garry sincerely, I hope they bring you back for another installment or at least bring in another Chess master as they did for Poker and cooking.