Gary Kasparov

World Champion 1985  -2000.  Top rated player for 20 years (rating 2851).

Many consider this many to be the greatest chess player ever !    Kasparov – Karpov rivalry forced both players to become better and better.  Kasparov narrowly won those matches, often in the last game.  He is involved in trying to make chess part of every schools activity list.

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