Sports & Games


Garry Kasparov

Lesson time 4:16 min

Garry's teaching reflects his style of play: direct, dynamic, and ambitious. He shares what he will cover in this class, including concrete instruction for players at different levels.

Garry Kasparov
Teaches Chess
Garry Kasparov teaches you advanced strategy, tactics, and theory in 29 exclusive video lessons.
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My teaching style will be quite similar to my playing style. It's dynamic, direct. You may call it aggressive. doesn't survive on the chessboard, and there is no place in my teaching either. This Masterclass is for anyone who likes the game of chess, wants to improve his or her own chess game. It's a Masterclass, which means we have to discuss different elements of the game of chess. We'll talk about the openings, maybe not as much as many of you expect. We'll talk about middlegame, strategies, endgames, tactics, the way to recognize chess patterns, the way to apply the knowledge that you'll be learning through this Masterclass. No matter how much knowledge you can draw from this Masterclass, there's so much more to learn, and you will have to use it as a platform for future learning. You have to appreciate that chess is an immensely rich game, and you can always keep finding new ideas that will make you happy. Nothing could make people happier than-- from my perspective, of course-- as to find new ideas and just to make yourself more engaged in this endless process of exploration. And, of course, all these lessons are based on my personal experience. Personal stories are making a very important part of this Masterclass because I want you to understand how I, Garry Kasparov, learned this thing, why I believe it's important, and how this experience could help you to look at certain positions, at certain patterns, at certain techniques from my own eyes. There are many personal details-- of course, stories about my matches and the way I prepared for them-- and I believe that creates the right mixture that will help you to navigate throughout this very complex process. While people talk all the time about one person being more talented, but another one being a hard worker, hard work is a talent, because hard work means that you keep going, you keep fighting, you know how not to quit under pressure. Even if you fail, you don't succeed, but you keep going. You keep pushing. And only the combination of natural talent, natural ability to play chess or play music, combined with a talent to work hard-- that creates winning combination. I will believe that this Masterclass was a success if I can inspire you to learn not just about the game of chess, but about other things. If you feel enriched, and encouraged, and inspired-- and I hope that with this class, I will inspire you to love the game of chess as much as I do. Well, almost as much as I do. I'm Garry Kasparov, and this is my Masterclass.

Elevate your game

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.

Garry's course teaches you about chess and life. I took this course to learn about strategy generally and the course exceeded my expectations!

I enjoyed watching all the videos, but it is not the end of the world. For me, it is time to start work on assignments. Thanks for your advice, Garry.

It was a great series of lessons that include tactics, endgame strategies and certain keypoints in a few openings. Kasparov teaches well and has given us a lot of ideas to work with and explore and study in greater depth.

I have learned the patterns to look for in a real game.


Alfares S.

How to remove the small popup window during the pause which sends you to the discussion or to the next video? I need pause to read captions or to see the board. But every time popup window is appearing. It is very disruptive.

John S.

(Inaudible) doesn't survive on the chessboard and there is no place in my teaching either. What doesn't survive on the chessboard? I didn't catch that.


He really understands the game! Not a lot of people really understand it; they just play to win, they don't really observe everything that's happening in the game and act upon it.

Alexander S.

Music and chess have many similarities. I'm glad he made a quick reference to music in his introduction. What a wonderful opportunity to learn from this great master of the game!

Sally W.

Garry Kasparov is a legend. Rumor has it that he once promoted a pawn to a pawn.

Brenda B.

I am thrilled with this opportunity to connect with others as well as learn from this class. I am in a rural area and I know few people who actually play. This course is inspiring, not only to increase my knowledge, but to know there are others who are doing the same with the love to play chess as well as I do or more!

michael P.

I have to admit I was inspired just by the idea that hard work in itself could be considered a talent. That’s a new idea for me and it’s also what makes him excited about life and chess. The possibility of new ideas.

Eugene G.

Started this lesson coming from the sound production courses and already more inspired.

Chandramohan R.

Just in awe to be learning from the master. Hard work is a talent. That's something I learned today directly from the Master himself. I am helping my 9 year old son better appreciate the game which he already is very fond of.


I really look forward to this MasterClass to learn chess but also strategy, but more importantly, to help guide my children's passion for the game.