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cairo 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Gary Kasparov Breaking news: Kasparov retires from professional chess
10.03.2005 The winner of Linares and the world's strongest chessplayer, Garry Kasparov, has just announced his retirement from professional chess. His games in Linares are the last in his professional career, that has spanned thirty years, with twenty on the top of the ratings list. Full details to follow at chessbase.com

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Cairo
bucklehead 49 ( +1 | -1 )
Dear God! My official statement on this, at this point when information is sketchy, is whu-u-huh?!? After all that wrangling about the unification process, after Gary making so much of how he was backing out so he could get back to playing chess, and after he really stormed over the crowd at Linares (Topalov excepted!)...this has got to be a mistake or a mistranslation or something. If all we have to look forward to from Gary is more Wall Street Journal editorials, then the world is a darker place.
bucklehead 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Some further news... news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4338719.stm

So far no update from ChessBase, but at least this leads me to believe the news is genuine.
xerox 5 ( +1 | -1 )
kasparov... no chessplayer will forget your greatness...
zivago 29 ( +1 | -1 )
about his new goals I read on the italian agency press that he wishes to begin a political strive against the actual russian government.
He said also he'll concentrate on writin the most accurate book on famous chess players

however...bye garry. hope you'll change your mind
cuthbert 13 ( +1 | -1 )
bye bye Gary - it was a pleasure to watch your games.

cuthbert
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onlygb 271 ( +1 | -1 )
Adios Muchacho If he's leaving chess, I'm leaving too. I don't think the world will miss a 1400 ranked player like they will Garry but it's a sign of solidarity with the man that got me into chess in the first place.

So, that's it. I've played my last game. My record in professional matches was 0 for 0 including 0 draws. I'd like to think I'm going out on top having not lost a single dollar in entry fees. I will likely be best remembered for losing to a scholar's mate in the minimum possible number of moves in my 2005 showdown with a 1340 rated player.
Now that I'm retired, I will likely spend most of my time rereading my 44 chess books. I have no political aspirations but I certainly don't have anything nice to say about that whacky dicatator, Putin.

Here's the rest of the article about my retirement:

Onlygb quits chess after 2 years at the bottom
(Filed: 11/03/2005)

Onlygb has ended two years at the bottom of the chess world by retiring from the amateur game to focus on rereading chess books.

Onlygb

The American patzer, 36, became the oldest-ever loser to a scholar's mate at the age of 35 when he lost to Han-Solo in 2005, but has become disillusioned with divisions between the game's two federations.

He announced his retirement after losing the 11-player "Let's play!" mini-tournament on Gameknot yesterday, saying he had no more goals in amateur chess, despite its lucrative points.

"Before this tournament I made a conscious decision that "Let's play!" 2005 will be my last amateur [tournament] and today I played my last amateur game," he told a press conference.

Onlygb added that his last games were "very difficult for me to play under such pressure, because I knew it was the end of the career which I could be proud of".

Although he said he would continue to play showcase tournaments against multiple opponents, Onlygb said he would concentrate on re-reading chess books.

He also hinted that he could not pursue his interest in politics, which he failed to enter by not joining Free Choice, a group of prominent liberals who oppose the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"I will not devote a certain amount of time to Russian politics, as every decent person should do, who opposes the dictator Vladimir Putin," he said.

Onlygb has been nonplussed by the divide between rival chess federations which have promoted separate competitions since 1993.

Earlier this year, he withdrew from a Chess.ac match after it was repeatedly postponed.

His chess career will be remembered, however, for his failing memory and lack of talent.
chrisp 34 ( +1 | -1 )
If this is true.. ...then it's a sad day for chess. He is (probably?!) the best player the game has ever seen, and I for one, will miss the tremendous lessons we all learnt from his play.

Have a great retirement from the game.

Only one regret - I will not get the chance of revenge for your beating me in 1990, but I don't suppose I would ever stand a chane anyway.
ketchuplover 4 ( +1 | -1 )
My brain retired a long time ago :)
tag1153 0 ( +1 | -1 )
onlygb lol............
thunker 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Prediction I'll bet that "professional" games or not, we'll still have many more Kasparov games to study in the future. He'll not be able to avoid the game for long, although he can chose to remain "retired"
ccmcacollister 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Chrisp ... Now we know ... Perhaps That is the REAL Reason he has retired from Chess! [8-)
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Though I never got to play Chess with Kasparov, he once watched me play a Backgammon game. So maybe he's just changing games !??!
Will we see G.Kasparov, World BG Champion ?! Founding a World BG Federation ?! I cannot believe we have seen the last of this exceptional man !
mirf 5 ( +1 | -1 )
onlygb too funny...

When Kasparov unretires, I hope you do too.
nottop 101 ( +1 | -1 )
op-ed artilce in ws journal Kasparov just wrote an opinion in the wall street journal. He explained his reasons for giving up chess - they don't seem like capricious reasons. He's done everything he wanted to in chess - and finished his last tournament winning in Linares.
From his statement (and from previous opinions he's placed in the journal), it looks certain he will go into politics. His previous articles have been critical of Putin - he seems to feel (and I'm not venturing my own opinion here one way or the other), that Putin has rolled back democracy in Russia.
His writings have been provocative and well-constructed. He is no idiot-savant.

Although chess players might not have much following in the US or other countries - to the Russians he's a national idol. I doubt, when he talks about politics, that he's wanting to become mayor of a small town.
It looks likely to me that Kasparov is serious about this, and possibly we will here more about him in the future than in the past.