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Garry Kasparov

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Birth name Garik Kimovich Weinstein
Other names Garry Kimovich Kasparov
Name in Armenian Գարրի Կասպարով
Birthplace Baku
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Birth date 13 April 1963
Lived in Baku, Moscow
Profession Chess
Positions Grandmaster
Languages Russian
Ethnicities Armenian, Jewish
Awards World Champion

Kasparov was born in Baku to an Armenian mother and Jewish father.

Excerpt from Jan 11, 2005 BBC article, "Kasparov aims for Putin checkmate": After 20 years of dominating the chess world, establishing recognition as perhaps the greatest in the centuries-long history of the game... Kasparov is widely regarded as history's greatest chess player."

Retirement and final rating

FIDE's April 2006 ratings without Kasparov

03.04.2006 For decades we have been used to see him at the top of every chess rating list. Now, a year after his retirement from competitive chess, Garry Kasparov has been taken off the FIDE rating list. His successor is the current FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov, just one point ahead of VishyAnand.

Here are the top rankings.

FIDE April 2006 Rating Lists

For the first time in decades FIDE publishes a rating list without Garry Kasparov, not at the top nor anywhere in the list. Kasparov has been removes due to inactivity, as required by the ratings conventions and announced in advance by FIDE. The above chart makes clear who the "crown princes" are: Veselin Topalov, the current FIDE world champion; and Viswanathan Anand, the former FIDE world champion and 1995 title challenger in New York of Garry Kasparov.

Topalov and Anand are almost 50 points ahead of the nearest rival, Armenian GM Levon Aronian, who has just won the Morelia/Linares tournament.