First Edition of Garry Kasparov's Autobiography Unlimited Challenge; Signed by Him
Unlimited Challenge: An Autobiography.
Kasparov, Garry and Donald Trelford.$250.00
Item Number: 1321
New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990.
First edition of the chess grandmaster’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Garry Kasparov 16/10/07.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“At the age of 12, much the youngest competitor, Kasparov won the USSR junior (under 18) championship, undefeated, and repeated the success the following year, this time conceding only a single draw” (Hooper & Whyld, 193). “When Kasparov was six, he shocked his family by solving a difficult endgame puzzle from the newspaper. ‘Since Garry knows how the game ends,’ his father remarked, ‘we ought to teach him how it begins.’ Sixteen years and many thousands of training hours later, Kasparov became the youngest-ever world chess champion at 22. His greatness was also enduring. Kasparov held the world championship from 1985 to 2000, and even after losing the title he retained the highest ranking in the world. Perhaps more significantly, as he neared middle age at the dawn of the 21st century, Kasparov was one of the few human beings left who could effectively compete with the top chess computers” (Shenk, 205). Kasparov’s achievements in the field of chess are many: “In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13. He became a grandmaster at 17, the youngest Soviet champion at 18 and the youngest world champion at 22 years, 210 days. In his first international tournament, Baku 1979, he exceeded the Grandmaster norm and took first place as an unrated player… He became the World Junior Champion in 1980 and co-champion of the USSR in 1981… In May, 1997 he lost a match with the chess computer DEEP BLUE. In 1993 he broke away from FIDE and defeated Nigel Short for the PCA World Championship. In 2000 he lost his title to Vladimir Kramnik in the Braingames World Chess Championship, but continues to be the highest rated chess player in the world. He has been the world’s #1 rated player since 1984. From 1981 to 1991 he did not lose a single chess event. He successfully defended his world chess championship title more times than any champion.