Ten years ago I wrote Garry Kasparov at 40, while I was with About.com (now linked in Archive.org), and five years ago I wrote Catching Up with Kasparov, on the occasion of his 45th birthday. How could I resist continuing the trend with a post for his 50th birthday?
The background for the 'Catching Up' post was a list of Chessbase.com posts on Kasparov -- working file through April 2008. To get started on this current post I created a similar file of Chessbase articles, Working file for Kasparov's 50th, through April 2013. It's noteworthy what Kasparov has accomplished in the last five years. Here's a partial list.
Valencia match vs. Karpov (Sep 2009);
Clichy (France) match vs. Vachier-Lagrave (Sep 2011);
Leuven (Belgium) match vs. Short (Oct 2011);
'Game' vs. Alan Turing (Jun 2012)
Clock simul Corsica (Nov 2008);
Antwerp simul (Nov 2009);
Naples simul (Apr 2011)
Carlsen (Sep 2009 to Feb 2010; NB: Carlsen said, 'Working with Garry Kasparov over the last twelve months has been a unique experience');
Nakamura (Nov 2011 to Dec 2011)
Chess in School:
Launched Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe (Jun 2011);
European Parliament (Feb 2012)
- Politics: Backed Karpov's failed bid to become FIDE President (May 2010 to Sep 2010); plus his well publicized run-ins with Russian authorities
Kasparov is one of those people who, rather than resting on his laurels, constantly asks, 'What can I do next?' The next five years promise to be full of surprises.