If you have a Twitter account, I’d recommend following Garry Kasparov, the Russian Chess Grandmaster. Aside from stories from his playing chess professionally, Kasparov tweets about issues that interest him. Suffice to say, Kasparov is what one might call a renaissance man (polymath).
I have tried regularly to get Kasparov’s opinion on aspects of issues he was tweeting about. I value different perspectives, especially from people who have had interesting personal stories. Today, after seeing a tweet Kasparov posted about video games, I decided to ask him whether or not he played them himself.
Blitz chess is a form of Fast chess, with games lasting, at longest, fifteen minutes. I haven’t played chess in years, so I didn’t know about this variation. I also didn’t know that one could play Blitz chess online (I knew about online chess however). Hearing that Kasparov played online, I followed up with another question. His response to that is below.
I have to agree with Michael’s follow-up tweet. I imagine those who played against Kasparov would like to have known that he was a Grandmaster. I don’t think I’ll be playing online Blitz chess knowing that he is playing anonymously. Some players might like the idea of challenging a Grandmaster, but not me. I’ll stick to games I know I have a chance at winning.
For those who play online chess, you’ve been warned. That player who just beat you may have been Garry Kasparov.