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Garry Kasparov was born on 13 April 1963, in Baku, (then) Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union, of Armenian and Russian-Jewish descent. Garry is a chess Grandmaster, writer, and former World Chess Champion, arguably the greatest chess player of all time. From 1986 to 2005, he was ranked as the top chess player for 225 months; all of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Garry Kasparov? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in chess. He still holds the record of 15 consecutive professional tournament victories, and became the youngest undisputed World Chess Champion at age 22. All of these have ensured the position of his wealth.
Garry Kasparov Net Worth $5 million
At a young age, Kasparov’s parents inspired him to try his hand at chess, and he would attend Young Pioneer Palace while training under Vladimir Makogonov, working on his positional skills and learning techniques such as the Caro-Kann Defence. Kasparov would go on and win two Soviet Junior Championships in a row while being trained under Alexander Shakarov. In 1978, he was invited to the Sokolsky Memorial Tournament, and became a chess master after winning the tournament. This tournament would cement Kasparov’s desire to fully pursue chess as a career, as he was the youngest player to qualify for the Soviet Chess Championship at the age of 15, and he then started to improve his ranking in the World Chess Federation. He would go on and win the high-class grandmaster tournament in Banja Luka during 1979, and the following year won the World Junior Chess Championship. He would become a Grandmaster later that year.
Garry would continue racking-up wins in tournaments such as the USSR Chess Championship and the 1982 Moscow Interzonal Championship. At 19 years old, he qualified for the Candidates Tournament, being already ranked number two in the world behind Anatoly Karpov. In 1984, he would become the number 1 ranked player in the world with a rating of 2710. A win against former world champion Vasily Smyslov led him to the top.
Anatoly Karpov and Kasparov would face in the World Chess Championship 1984, in which he trailed 4-0 in a first to six wins match. Kasparov started to turn the match around leading to 17 successive draws before he lost again at 5-0. He then led another series of draws before winning three games. With the score at 5-3 at 48 matches, the match was ended as a draw, to be replayed at a later date, despite the fact that the two players wanted to continue. This was the only time that a championship match was abandoned without a result. They eventually replayed in Moscow later in 1985, this time in a race to 12 ½ points for the World Championship. Kasparov would win with a score of 13-11, making him the youngest World Champion at the age of 22. After winning, the two were set to have a rematch because of the abandoned game and Kasparov would win a tightly close match at 12 ½ – 11 ½ despite accusations that his opening move was sold out by Evgeny Vladimirov. They would engage twice more in the next few years, with Kasparov retaining his title in a draw and winning a close match in 1990.
After some problems with FIDE, Kasparov created an organization called Grandmasters Association (GMA), including creating his own tournaments apart from FIDE. This led to a rift between the two organizations and resulted in chess having two major entities. Many tournaments were held during this period, and eventually Kasparov would lose his title to his student Kramnik without winning a single game. After losing his title, he would still go on and win numerous championships, eventually retiring from competitive chess in 2005. After chess, he focused mainly on books and politics.
For his personal life, it is known that Kasparov is a citizen of both Bosnia and Croatia. He was married Mascha with whom he has a daughter, then to Yulia Vovk(1996-2005) and they have a son, and has been married to Dania Tarasova since 2005 with whom he has two children. They reside in New York, but travel constantly.