Legendary chess player Garry Kasparov thinks Magnus Carlsen is a lethal combination of Fischer and Karpov

Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov are two grandmasters who shaped the course of chess in their time. To simply wonder which is the better of the two would be an indignity towards the contribution they have made to the game of chess. However, as a mentor, Garry always said good things about Carlsen.

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In their first meeting, 13-year-old Magnus Carlsen managed a draw against world number one chess player Garry Kasparov. However, instead of holding a grudge against the 28-year-old Carlsen, the Russian Grandmaster began training him. Perhaps he realized early on that the Norwegian chess prodigy was made for big things.

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Magnus Carlsen is the combination of two big names in chess

Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov are both chess legends. Kasparov thinks Carlsen is one of those two big names in chess. He said, “the reason why Magnus is on top and looks unbeatable today. Magnus is a lethal combination of Fischer and Karpov. It only makes sense, considering Magnus has been a consistent world number one in an ever-changing game of chess.

Pushing his position even further, Kasparov added: “It’s very unusual because Fischer’s style was very dynamic, fighting until the last moment. Karpov has an unparalleled ability to use every piece to the fullest.

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“Carlsen can go on as long as Fischer with all that passion and energy, and at the same time be as meticulous and deadly as Karpov,” Kasparov said.

Garry Kasparov turns 59

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Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov turns 59 today. He held the title of world number one chess player for 20 years. Plus, when chess moved from the board to the computer, Garry was watching everything from the front row. The Russian grandmaster has given enough moments to chess to be cherished for a lifetime.

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I wish a very happy birthday to the legend, Garry Kasparov. The world will be eternally indebted for your contribution to chess.

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