FIDE announcement concerning GM Garry Kasparov`s decision to retire from professional chess Print
Friday, 18 March 2005 00:00

Athens, 17 March 2005

FIDE wishes to express its regret at the recent announcement of GM Garry Kasparov to retire from professional chess. The whole chess community owes Garry Kasparov a great deal of appreciation and respect for his contribution to world chess and for his tireless efforts to promote our sport during the last 30 years. .

Athens, 17 March 2005


FIDE wishes to express its regret at the recent announcement of GM Garry Kasparov to retire from professional chess. The whole chess community owes Garry Kasparov a great deal of appreciation and respect for his contribution to world chess and for his tireless efforts to promote our sport during the last 30 years.

It is very difficult to defend the No.1 position for 20 years and at the same time to be engaged in so many other activities. This is what makes GM Garry Kasparov`s accomplishments over the board even more admirable.

There is a general impression that the World Championship unification might now become a simpler procedure but, if it comes, it comes with a high price: the absence of a great personality like Garry Kasparov. It is certainly an extraordinary loss for our sport.

FIDE understands that the decision made by Garry Kasparov naturally enables him to spend more time and energy in activities that he currently considers more important in his life.

We genuinely wish him every success in his new projects, similar to the results during his successful chess career where many in the chess community consider him as the greatest player of all time. However, FIDE represents the chess world and we hope that at some time in the near future we shall be able to admire his brilliancy over the chessboard again...

 
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