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Is it really Kasparov?



There's a misterious account on the playchess server which has everyone wondering: is it Kasparov?

He uses the nick "Raffael" and nobody knows for sure who it is. Well, maybe some of the people at chessbase do know, but they're not telling:

Oh yes, Garry has a nick called "Garry Kasparov", which he uses for special events. Whether he has a second account he uses to play regular games on the Playchess server? Now that will have to be kept a secret.

Yasser Seirawan has said: "Everyone is saying that he is Kasparov, but I really don't know".


Other people claim he's Kramnik and others still say he's Svidler.


Here's a game that he played a few minutes ago. Judge for yourself.:


Heimi92 (2969) - Raffael (3316) [b80]

4m + 1s, rated, 11.08.2007

[pgn]1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 Nc6 7.Bg2 Bd7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Be3 0-0 10.f4 a6 11.Kh1 Rc8 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.g4 b5 14.g5 Nd7 15.a3 Nb6 16.Qg4 Nc4 17.Bc1 d5 18.exd5 exd5 19.b3 d4 20.bxc4 dxc3 21.Bxc6 Rxc6 22.cxb5 axb5 23.Be3 Ra6 24.f5 Qa8+ 25.Kg1 Re8 26.Bd4 Bf8 27.Rab1 Re4 0-1[/pgn]


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