Doha: If age slows down the human mind, then you can’t really blame chess legend Garry Kasparov, who finished 10th in rapid event at the Rapid and Blitz tournament in St Louis, USA.
Returning to the sport after 12 years, Kasparov managed 3.5 points from nine rounds while Levon Aronian claimed the title with six in the $150,000 event, which also features Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Le Quang Liem, Lenier Dominguez.
After four consecutive draws, the 54-year-old lost to fellow Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi. He then drew against India’s Viswanathan Anand and lost to Navara and Fabiano Caruana only to claim his first win in the competition against Le Quang Liem, 28 years his junior.
“I was too democratic today. I made quite a few good moves, but spread them evenly among all three games instead of concentrating them!,” Kasparov tweeted after his defeat against Navara.
However, the Czech Grandmaster remained modest after his fancied win against the Russian, perhaps one of the greatest players who dominated the game from 1985 to 2000.
“It’s just rapid chess and you cannot overestimate it because in rapid chess even the best players make mistakes more often than usually,” he said.
His performance did not surprise the experts, who had predicted of a stiff competition from the younger stars.
The blitz round-robin will be played on Thursday and Friday.