In every sports and game, there will always be someone at the top of the rankings. You will always hear someone over the news that this person is at the top of the rankings. You would have heard of the National Basketball Association (NBA), right? Well, the Golden State Warriors was crowned last NBA Finals 2017 as the top tier team in the league. But we are going to talk about a different sport. A sport wherein purely strategy and the mental battle are ahead. The sport that we are going to talk about is chess.
Comparing the popularity of chess to basketball, chess will surely lose against basketball. But comparing chess with basketball when it comes to pure intellect, basketball will surely lose. Being at the top of the rankings in chess is called Grandmaster.
But unlike the world of basketball where challengers are always up to the challenge of beating the champion, being the Grandmaster in chess is quite lonely and sometimes never easy. Sometimes it takes a year or even decades to be able to meet the one who will topple the Grandmaster of its throne.
This article shall discuss two of the most controversial Grandmaster from Russia – Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov and Garry Kasparov. There will always be a Kasparov vs. Karpov comparison. This article shall discuss how Kasparov become better than Karpov and the other way around.
There will be a lot of persons going to choose Karpov over Kasparov while others will be the other way around. Let’s start the Kasparov vs. Karpov discussion.
Anatoly Karpov inherited the title of Grandmaster in 1970. Being eager to prove he deserves the title, he dominated the world tournaments in Milan 1975, Las Palmas 1977, Bugjono 1978, and much more like nobody had done in a long time. Being phenomenal in the world of chess until Garry Kasparov came.
Garry Kasparov took the Soviet master in chess title at a young age of 15 in Sokolsky Memorial in Minsk. Being still an unrated chess player, Kasparov played in a Grandmaster tournament in 1979 at Yugoslavia. The event was mistaken to be a youth Grandmaster tournament. But despite the fact, he won the title. After that, he was rated 15th in the world.
They eventually faced each other after Kasparov ranked second to Karpov in 1983 where Kasparov is just 20 years old. There are a lot of factors to consider. But with the pace of reaching the top tier, Kasparov can be considered better. But who knows, right? You can consider more factors to compare each Grandmaster.