‘Chess god’ Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. NLEX zooms to 5th win This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian’s absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Indeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.”center_img Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis, Nadal comes up short

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrgios will face David Ferrer, who won his only match of the day — 6-3, 6-3 over fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem. At age 35, Ferrer is the second-oldest semifinalist in Cincinnati during the Open Era behind Ken Rosewall in 1970.No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men’s field depleted by upsets and injuries — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries. Dimitrov needed only 52 minutes to beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.He’ll face John Isner, who beat wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. Isner won the only break point of the match to go ahead 6-5 in the second set. He closed it out with a 136 mph ace, one of his 25 in the match.“I knew that a lot of the conditions and everything about this tournament, my schedule — a lot of things have worked in my favor this week,” Isner said. “So I hope to keep it going.”In the women’s bracket, Pliskova will face Garbine Mugaruza in the semifinals. The Wimbledon champion survived another tough challenge on Friday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes — her longest of the tournament.“I think it was one of the best matches of the year,” Muguruza said. “I think we both played very well, especially in the third set. I know I won, but I’m sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there.”Muguruza’s win came less than 24 hours after she spent 2 hours, 18 minutes on the court and fought off three match points to beat Madison Keys in the round of 16.Muguruza has reached the semifinals of two of the three tournaments she’s entered since winning Wimbledon.“You know, I’m happy with the way I’m playing and the way I’m going through these tough matches because, you know, I’ve got to dig in and somehow win them,” she said.Sloan Stephens also pulled off a two-win day to reach the semifinals. She beat Ekaterina Makarova in three sets, and then ate lunch, took a nap, woke up and knocked off Julia Goerges in straight sets. “No excuses, nothing at all,” Nadal said. “I didn’t play well.”Despite the loss, Nadal will move back to No. 1 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since 2014, before a series of injuries affected his game.“To be No. 1 after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable,” Nadal said. “For me, it’s an amazing achievement.”After the match, Nadal wore a ribbon honoring the victims of the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead.“A tragedy,” he said. “The feeling that you’re not safe nowhere — that’s terrible. It’s very sad and I’m very, very sorry about what happened. To all the victims, the families, friends — all my support.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ “The day is just like a blur,” Stephens said. “I’m ready to get dinner and get in bed because I’m so tired.”On Saturday, she’ll face No. 2 Simona Halep, who beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (1).“I played the best match so far this tournament,” said Halep, who was slowed by a knee injury earlier this season. “I could hit the ball. I could move well. So I feel the rhythm. It’s back. So I’m positive again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Oh baby! Jeter welcomes birth of daughter After a quick turnaround, she needed only 67 minutes to beat a rested Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 for a sweep into the semis.“The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today,” Pliskova said. “Physically it was not that tough, so I was warmed up enough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Nadal got only halfway there.He spent an hour and 37 minutes on court in the afternoon while beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match carried over from the previous night. Five hours later, he was back on court against Nick Kyrgios, who had won a three-set match earlier in the day.Nadal was sloppy at the outset and on the defensive for much of a 6-2, 7-5 loss that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts during a match against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova pulled off a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between.Rafael Nadal couldn’t do the same.Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbatelast_img read more