A series looking at the famous careers of the six legends in the 2020 chess24 Legends of Chess as well two more World Champions who will join the commentary – Judit Polgar and Anatoly Karpov.
To showcase some of the great chess players of the last few decades and provide background to the chess24 Legends of Chess tournament.
Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson welcomes you to this new series that covers the careers of living legends Judit Polgar, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko, Peter Svidler and Anatoly Karpov.
- Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen’s second, Laurent Fressinet, summarizes the incredible career of the 5-time classical World Champion.
Games covered: Anand 1-0 Kasparov, 1995 New York WCh
Anand 1-0 Shirov, 2000 New Delhi WCh
Anand 1/2-1/2 Kramnik, 2007 Mexico WCh
Kramnik 0-1 Anand, 2008 Bonn WCh
Topalov 0-1 Anand, 2010 Sofia WCh
Anand 1-0 Gelfand, 2012 Moscow WCh
Mamedyarov 0-1 Anand, 2014 Khanty
Anand 1-0 Carlsen, 2014 Sochi WCh
- Boris Gelfand
Boris Gelfand has been a fixture in top-level chess from the late 1980s until the present day.
Jan covers his career, which peaked in winning the 2011 Candidates and playing Vishy Anand for the World title in 2012, using the following snippets:
Polugaevsky-Gelfand, Reggio Emilia 1992
Gelfand-Ivanchuk, Dos Hermanas 1996
Karjakin-Gelfand, Khanty 2009
Mamedyarov-Gelfand, Kazan 2011
Gelfand-Grischuk, Kazan 2011
Gelfand-Anand, Moscow 2012
- Vasyl Ivanchuk
Spanish GM Pepe Cuenca looks at the career of eccentric Ukrainian chess genius Vasyl Ivanchuk. He looks closely at two games:
Ivanchuk 1-0 Kasparov, Linares 1991
Ivanchuk 1-0 Karjakin, Nice 2008
- Anatoly Karpov
Anatoly Karpov was a dominant World Champion for the decade after Bobby Fischer refused to defend his title until Garry Kasparov snatched the crown. 2-time Canadian Champion Pascal Charbonneau looks at his career, including the games:
Karpov 1-0 Korchnoi, Moscow 1974
Karpov 1-0 Shirov, Biel 1992
Karpov 1-0 Sax, Linares 1983
Karpov 1-0 Kasparov, Moscow 1984
Karpov 1-0 Adorjan, Lucerne 1989
- Vladimir Kramnik
Vladimir Kramnik is the man who managed to beat Garry Kasparov and hold on to the chess crown for the next 7 years. Spanish GM Pepe Cuenca looks at the career of one of the most influential figures in modern chess, including the games:
Aronian 0-1 Kramnik, Berlin 2018
Kramnik 1-0 Kasparov, London 2000
- Peter Leko
Peter Leko was a chess prodigy who came within a single draw of the World Championship title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2004. Spanish GM Pepe Cuenca takes a look at Leko’s career, including the games:
Kramnik 0-1 Leko, Brissago 2004
Kramnik 1-0 Leko, Brissago 2004
- Judit Polgar
Judit Polgar broke into the World Top 10 as a 19-year-old and is the strongest female chess player of all time. Pascal takes a look at her career, including the games:
Polgar 1-0 Anand, Dos Hermanas, 1999
Chernin 0-1 Polgar, New Delhi 1990
Polgar 1-0 Rogers, Biel 1993
Polgar 1-0 Guseinov, Aix le Bains 2011
Shirov 0-1 Polgar, Buenos Aires 1994
- Peter Svidler
French Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet talks about 8-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler’s career and shows us extracts from some of his memorable games!
Svidler 1-0 Burmakin, Elista 1994
Svidler 1-0 Kasparov, Tilburg 1997
Grischuk 0-1 Svidler, Khanty 2011
Carlsen 0-1 Svidler, London 2013
Kramnik 0-1 Svidler, Khanty 2014
Svidler 1-0 Karjakin, Baku 2015
Svidler 1-0 Malakhov, St. Petersburg 2017
- Magnus draws last blood
The last game we’re going to look at is the encounter from Stavanger 2018, when Carlsen decided to avoid the Petroff with 2.Bc4.
- Who has the upper hand?
Jan and Pepe compare the combatants and give their match predictions.