The Best Gary Kasparov quotes

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What do Garry Kasparov and entrepreneurship have in common? A lot more than you may think. Kasparov is one of the greatest chess players ever, and he’s also a successful businessman. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the things Kasparov has done to achieve success in both fields. We’ll also discuss some key entrepreneurial lessons that can be learned from him.

Here are the most known Russian, Free, Power, Chess, Playing, Life quotes from Gary Kasparov, and much more.


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About Gary Kasparov

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Soviet Union

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13 April 1963

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Few things are as psychologically brutal as chess. — Garry Kasparov

In chess, bigamy is acceptable but monarchy is absolute. — Garry Kasparov

Chess is mental torture. — Garry Kasparov

Caissa, the goddess of chess, had punished me for my conservative play, for betraying my nature. — Garry Kasparov

The public must come to see that chess is a violent sport. Chess is mental torture. — Garry Kasparov

Perfectly correct chess exists only in theory. — Garry Kasparov

Chess is an art and not a spectator sport. — Garry Kasparov


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The legend of the best player of chess has been destroyed. — Garry Kasparov

I am lucky, .. that the popular sport in the Soviet Union was chess and not baseball. — Garry Kasparov

Throughout my chess career I sought out new challenges, looking for things no one had done before. — Garry Kasparov

With this mistake I deprived myself of the possibility to make a contribution to the treasury of chess art. — Garry Kasparov

Chess strength in general and chess strength in a specific match are by no means one and the same thing. — Garry Kasparov

In conclusion, if you want to unravel the multitude of secrets of chess then don’t begrudge the time. — Garry Kasparov

I feel that my chess strengths are still here, .. I believe I can still improve. — Garry Kasparov

Excelling at chess has long been considered a symbol of more general intelligence. That is an incorrect assumption in my view, as pleasant as it might be. — Garry Kasparov

It’s true that in chess as in politics, fund–raising and glad–handing matter. — Garry Kasparov

I learned that fighting on the chess board could also have an impact on the political climate in the country. — Garry Kasparov

Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters. — Garry Kasparov

The highest Art of the Chess player lies in not allowing your Opponent to show you what he can do. — Garry Kasparov

In general there is something puzzling about the fact that the most renowned figures in chess–Morphy, Pillsbury, Capablanca and Fischer–were born in America. — Garry Kasparov

For me, chess is a language, and if it’s not my native tongue, it is one I learned via the immersion method at a young age. — Garry Kasparov

Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind and are then refined and improved by experience. — Garry Kasparov

Next to the intellectual stimulation of chess, the educational value is of great importance. Chess teaches logic, imagination, self–discipline, and determination. — Garry Kasparov

In chess the rules are fixed and the outcome is unpredictable, whereas in Putin’s Russia the rules are unpredictable and the outcome is fixed. — Garry Kasparov

You cannot say, ‘Go! Go! Rah! Rah! Good move!’ People want some emotion. Chess is an art and not a spectator sport. — Garry Kasparov


It’s quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess. — Garry Kasparov

The real political life in Russia unfortunately is not in the parliament but on the streets and in the media. — Garry Kasparov

Chess is life in miniature. Chess is struggle, chess is battles — Garry Kasparov

The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess–and in business and in life in general–is not trusting their instincts enough. — Garry Kasparov

I’ve met enough KGB colonels in my life. — Garry Kasparov

I have great energy and I have great tasks ahead of me. — Garry Kasparov


I try to play, always, beautiful games…always I wanted to create masterpieces. — Garry Kasparov

I may play some exhibition games so I don’t want to quit the game of chess completely. I just decided and it’s a firm decision not to play competitive chess anymore. — Garry Kasparov

Weaknesses of character are normally shown in a game of chess. — Garry Kasparov

Nowadays games immediately appear on the Internet and thus the life of novelties is measured in hours. Modern professionals do not have the right to be forgetful–it is ‘life threatening’. — Garry Kasparov

There are fixed rules in chess, and no one knows how the game will end. — Garry Kasparov

A grandmaster needs to retain thousands of games in his head, for games are to him what the words of their mother tongue are to ordinary people, or notes or scores to musicians. — Garry Kasparov

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The Kremlin is constantly changing the rules of the game to suit its purposes. We are not playing chess, we’re playing roulette. — Garry Kasparov

Of course, if people do not want to do any work then it is better to start the game from a random position. — Garry Kasparov

A game of chess holds many secrets. Fortunately! That is why we cannot clearly state whether chess is science, art, or a sport. — Garry Kasparov

I want to serve chess through games, books that are works of art. I would like to bring the game closer to many people all over the world. — Garry Kasparov

When I was preparing for one term’s work in the Botvinnik school I had to spend a lot of time on king and pawn endings. So when I came to a tricky position in my own games I knew the winning method. — Garry Kasparov

A brilliant strategy is, certainly, a matter of intelligence, but intelligence without audaciousness is not enough. — Garry Kasparov


Russian Parliament today is a bunch of puppets that just fall in with the instructions from Kremlin. — Garry Kasparov

There’s the blazing Russian Caucasus, with an ongoing war all against all, which is not to be neglected. — Garry Kasparov

The Russian Dept of Tourism has declared Ukraine its most dangerous destination. Many Russian tourists have disappeared there. — Garry Kasparov

I now have Croatian citizenship, but I only accepted it because Croatia allowed me to keep my Russian passport. — Garry Kasparov

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it’s not a western invention. — Garry Kasparov

I don’t really like discussions about a supposed Russian national character. — Garry Kasparov

I reckon that there won’t be an intervention in the near future, because Georgia’s military adventure revealed the weakness of the Russian army. — Garry Kasparov

I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy. — Garry Kasparov

Furthermore, a large portion of the assets of leading Russian figures is mixed, meaning that it is not quite clear how to counter this development. — Garry Kasparov

There is no democracy in Russia. Dictators do not go away through the vote. Putin relies on riot police, thousands of them, with heavy equipment, fighting Russian youngsters from opposition. — Garry Kasparov


Dictatorships sometimes fall unexpectedly and quickly. And [Vladimir] Putin knows that for him, the loss of power doesn’t mean a comfortable retirement, but something completely different. — Garry Kasparov

It was not about losing my mental power; it’s about not feeling good about my contribution to the game. — Garry Kasparov

There are many facts showing that Putin’s people enriched themselves by using power mechanisms so that’s why for them losing power means losing their fortunes. — Garry Kasparov

Putin can’t afford to leave the office because he will be in real danger of being prosecuted for things he and his people did during their stay in power. — Garry Kasparov

There can be no finer example of the inspiring powers of competition to shatter the status quo than Hungary’s Judit Polgar. — Garry Kasparov

The downfall of democratic institutions in Russia doesn’t add to the self–confidence of either [Vladimir] Putin or his friends, as the loss of power could lead to repercussions in Russian society. — Garry Kasparov

In Armenia, the power de facto belongs to those who opted to take violent action in Karabakh. We are dealing with a military dictatorship that utilizes some kind of democratic procedures. — Garry Kasparov

Right, left, Greens, Baathists, whatever: it comes down to grabbing and holding power and using ideology–or religion, race–as a justification. — Garry Kasparov

It is quite clear, however, that there won’t be any real changes with the current clan structure having seized power in the course of the Karabakh conflict. — Garry Kasparov


It didn’t take long to recognise the shortcomings of the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world. — Garry Kasparov

In Syria, Vladimir pUTIN sees the chance to make millions of refugees and weaponise them. The US has to take a lead in defending the values of the free world. — Garry Kasparov

Values–oriented foreign policy of the free world would be much better, supported by the self–awareness of being on the right side of history. — Garry Kasparov

I’m not in favour of a regulation–free world. I align myself with Teddy Roosevelt, who broke up the trusts. Regulation is necessary, but it should be in favour of the consumer, the citizen, and freedom. — Garry Kasparov

Millions like me in Russia want a free press, the rule of law, social justice, and free and fair elections. My new job is to fight for those people and to fight for these fundamental rights. — Garry Kasparov

GARY KASPAROV Quotes Take Away

Kasparov’s words of wisdom are a reminder that the journey to success is never easy. But if we continue to work hard and learn from our mistakes, we can achieve anything we set our minds to. We hope these quotes have inspired you as much as they have us, and we invite you to check out some of our courses which will give you the skills and tools you need to reach your own goals.

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