Attacking, Solid, Calculating, Emotional
Champions are great fighters who play for the attack but don’t like to take undue risks. They are emotional players who use those emotions to increase the intensity of the game for themselves and for their opponents. Deep, profound calculations that get at the heart of the position are their forte. Champions are universal players, and they won’t go wild looking for a win if its just not there. They are quite willing to play a quiet endgame if that is what the position demands.
“I’m sorry for you, Garry, because the happiest day of your life is already over.” – Rhona Petrosian (to Kasparov immediately following his victory in the World Championship on November 10, 1985)
Garry Kasparov (born 1963), thirteenth World Champion, typifies the chess style of a true Champion. A tireless worker, he brought opening preparation to a new level, often deeply analyzing openings far into the middlegame. Kasparov had unique understanding of dynamics and often showed that seemingly-surprising positional sacrifices were correct. From 1986 until his retirement in 2005 he was almost constantly the highest-rated player in the world, and he held the world championship title from 1985 until 2000 – so it is not surprising that his style was that of a Champion.
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