|ASSOCIATED PRESS -
Friday, 11 March , 2005, 15:02
MOSCOW -- Garry Kasparov, the world's youngest-ever chess
champion and undisputed king of the game for the last two
decades, made a stunning move Friday: He retired from
The announcement by the Russian grandmaster -- the world's
top-ranked chess player since 1984 and considered by some
the best in the history of the game -- came shortly after he
won the 14-match Linares tournament in Spain on Thursday,
despite losing the final game.
He said Friday he wanted to concentrate more on politics in
Russia. He has emerged as an outspoken critic of President
Vladimir Putin and is playing a leading role in the
Committee 2008: Free Choice, a group formed by prominent
liberal opposition leaders.
"I will do everything in my power to resist Putin's
dictatorship. It is very difficult to play for a country
whose authorities are antidemocratic," he said.
Kasparov, 41, became the youngest world champion ever at age
22. He said part of the reason he was retiring was that he
saw no goals left to accomplish in professional chess. Said
Alexander Roshal, chief editor of 64, a leading chess
magazine in Russia: "He's not going to be greater than he
was or is."
Kasparov's 1997 match against IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
was seen by some as a watershed moment in technological
advancement. He lost.
See video clip of
speaking on retirement.
Chess Great Kasparov May Move into Politics