Kasparov was world champion for 15 years and was arguably the greatest tactician of all time. He held the title of world champion from 1985 until 2000 and dominated major tournaments throughout that period. He was exuberant and showy and had a photographic memory. He possessed a profound positional understanding and had the deepest opening preparation in history. He retired from professional chess in 2005 after winning at Linares (an elite tournament). After leaving chess he became involved in Russian politics. Kasparov was one of the strongest players ever and has been described as the greatest of them all. I don't know if he was as good as that, but he was certainly absolutely fantastic!

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Here's a game between Gazza and Nige from a bit ago.

Short,N-Kasparov,G 2004

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Be2 e6
7. f4 Be7
8. Be3 O-O
9. g4 b5
10. g5 Nfd7
11. a3 Bb7
12. Rg1 Nc5
13. f5 Kh8
14. Bd3 Nc6
15. Qh5 g6
16. Qh4 Re8
17. O-O-O Nxd3+
18. Rxd3 Ne5
19. fxe6 fxe6
20. Nxe6 Qd7
21. Nf4 Nxd3+
22. cxd3 Kg8
23. Bd4 d5
24. Nxg6 dxe4
25. Nxe7+ Rxe7
26. Bf6 exd3
27. g6 d2+
28. Kc2 Qf5+
29. Kxd2 Rd7+
30. Kc1 h5
31. Bg5 Bf3
32. Bh6 Re8
33. Qb4 Qe6
34. Qf4 Bg4
35. h3 Bf5
36. g7 Qe1+

Game source: Chesslab - a fantastic online resource.

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