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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov shares the powerful secrets of strategy he has learned from dominating the world's most intellectually challenging game for two decades - lessons about mastering the strategic and emotional skills to navigate life's toughest challenges and maximise success no matter how tough the competition. Drawing on a wealth of revealing and instructive stories, not only from his finest games, but also from a wide-ranging and perceptive knowledge of current affairs, Kasparov reveals the strategic ways of thinking that always give a player - in life as in chess - the edge. We learn about the great figures of the game, and how their contests have shaped chess history; from Capablanca and Alekhine to Bobby Fischer and Kasparov's own nemesis, Vladimir Kramnik.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Mig Greengard with. One of the most highly regarded strategists of our time teaches us how the tools that made him a world chess champion can make us more successful in business and in life.

Garry Kasparov was the highest-rated chess player in the world for over twenty years and is widely considered the greatest player that ever lived.

In How Life Imitates Chess Kasparov distills the lessons h One of the most highly regarded strategists of our time teaches us how the tools that made him a world chess champion can make us more successful in business and in life. In How Life Imitates Chess Kasparov distills the lessons he learned over a lifetime as a Grandmaster to offer a primer on successful decision-making: how to evaluate opportunities, anticipate the future, devise winning strategies.

He relates in a lively, original way all the fundamentals, from the nuts and bolts of strategy, evaluation, and preparation to the subtler, more human arts of developing a personal style and using memory, intuition, imagination and even fantasy. Kasparov takes us through the great matches of his career, including legendary duels against both man Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov and machine IBM chess supercomputer Deep Blue , enhancing the lessons of his many experiences with examples from politics, literature, sports and military history.

With candor, wisdom, and humor, Kasparov recounts his victories and his blunders, both from his years as a world-class competitor as well as his new life as a political leader in Russia. An inspiring book that combines unique strategic insight with personal memoir, How Life Imitates Chess is a glimpse inside the mind of one of today's greatest and most innovative thinkers.

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To ask other readers questions about How Life Imitates Chess , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about How Life Imitates Chess. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 14, Manny rated it did not like it Shelves: history-and-biography , the-tragedy-of-chess , games.

Garry Kasparov, you will have noticed by now, is one of my heroes Kasparov clearly started the project with high hopes. He wants to show you how the skills you pick up from top-level chess can translate into understanding of life in general, and his opening case study, organised around his first World Championship match against Karpov, is inspiring.

Kasparov went into the match underest Garry Kasparov, you will have noticed by now, is one of my heroes Kasparov went into the match underestimating his great opponent and not understanding what made him so good. It wasn't until he found himself down that he realised his straightforward attacking strategy wasn't appropriate. He had to work very hard to catch up: mercilessly analyse his own play to find out what was wrong with it, and learn to think like Karpov. He lost another game, and since the match was first to six wins it seemed it was all over.

But he'd learned just fast enough, and he miraculously turned the tables. When the match was declared null and void after 48 games the only time this has happened in World Chess Championship history , the score was , and Kasparov had the momentum.

He was the one complaining, and most people thought Karpov had been granted a lucky escape. Kasparov had every reason to be proud of his achievement, which was as much about overcoming himself as about overcoming his adversary. If all of the book were like that, I'd have loved it.

Alas, there aren't any more brilliant examples. Kasparov is a very honest guy, and it's painful to see how rapidly he loses faith in the idea. He's forced to concede that the raw aggression which made him the best chessplayer in the world for 20 years isn't as good in business or politics, where he's failed to impress.

The further you get, the more it comes across as a bunch of poorly structured notes that Mig Greengard, his long-suffering collaborator, has tried without success to whip into coherent text.

There's a good anecdote here and there, and if you haven't read Kasparov's wonderful My Great Predecessors you may enjoy some of the material he's summarised from it.

But for people familiar with his other writing, it's slim pickings. The truly ironic thing is that Kasparov's chess-infused world view provides a reasonable metaphor to explain what's gone wrong.

Kasparov, a dynamic player, was always happy to gambit material for time or quality of position. Here, he's sacrificed quality and time in the interests of picking up some material profits - I suppose this book reached a wider public than the very technical Great Predecessors , and hopefully it made him a few dollars. But he's working against his own fundamental principles, and he hates it. Please don't do this to yourself again. View all 15 comments. Jun 18, P. Former world chess champion Kasparov issues a friendly book not so much about chess but rather about some personal insights from his career applying to whatever lies beyond the 64 squares.

A good deal is said on dealing with crisis and growth, on stepping out of your comfort zone, on how rivals help you grasp your own purpose, acknowledging failure as the case may be, and use it as a springboard to change gears and reinvent yourself.

On having a double-edged, sharp vision of life. This reading is Former world chess champion Kasparov issues a friendly book not so much about chess but rather about some personal insights from his career applying to whatever lies beyond the 64 squares. This reading is pleasant throughout, as Kasparov make use of a wealth of examples taken from : - daily life different methods for shopping, how to pick your future place, Microsoft Encarta, the first losing the battle for failure to anticipate and factor in the advent of CD-ROM; Parkinson Law and the general assessment of General Electric by Jack Welsh in , the battle between Internet browsers for an edge, Apple; William Boeing investments and research in a field he knows nothing about; Japanese manufacturers transitionning from imitators to innovators after WW2.

My opinion on the matter : I find Kasparov overtly sympathetic, as he is quite conscious of his quirks and idiosyncrasies, stating open-handed his shortcomings, his failures both in chess and in life, against Anatoly Karpov, against Tigran Petrossian, against Veselin Topalov, his defeat against a small child in a real-time strategy videogame. It is a friendly, soulful introduction to his life and what realizations he chanced on. This can also be seen as a cursory glance on the world of chess players, their schools, their styles, and their flawed personnalities and their drives too.

Also, he downplays nothing on the importance of style in a game of chess positionnal vs combinatory play and makes both worlds meet gently. More, Kasparov is a gruffy voice you enjoy hearing while reading : Kasparov's love for life is quite obvious from the start. He makes no fuss about sizing-up life as infinitely more complex than chess. A strategy for democracy. And a family portrait to wrap it up!

Aug 26, Jkhickel rated it liked it. If you want to read some great chess stories disguised as a how-to guide for career management, this is the book for you. If you are looking to unlock the secrets to a successful business career, look elsewhere. Nov 21, AC rated it really liked it Shelves: leadership , audible.

I have never in my life read a self-help book, and have found all those I've looked at to be utterly trite garbage. So I was shocked to find myself thoroughly engrossed by Kasparov's book, which is essentially an anatomy and vivisection of his personal genius, and rules he has generalized from that. A few false notes -- but very few. Dec 17, Olegas rated it really liked it Shelves: foundational-skills. Great book! I would call it the modern version of The Art of War.

Apr 19, Andreas Kaufmann rated it it was amazing Shelves: chess , philosophy. Definetly interesting read if you play chess. You need to learn a lot if you want to get a good position in the middlegame.

Find weak points in enemy position available opportinities , strong points in your position your talents and knowledge. Create a plan acco Definetly interesting read if you play chess. Create a plan according to all laws of chess art e. Execute the plan, calculate variation and don't miss sudden tactic opportunities. One of the most important difference between life and chess is that chess has a goal win the game , but in the life you need to come up with the goal yourself.

Mar 30, Vineeth Kartha rated it liked it. I usually cringe at reading self help books. Because most of them speak of the same thing again and again. This book is no different, but the twist here is that Kasparov on many occasions has used his failures to explain that life is not as straightforward as the rules of chess.

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Our content is free to read but not free to produce. If you can help, support us today. I am not a chessman, nor was meant to be. Occasionally I have been a sacrificial pawn. But never a knight or a bishop — hell, the mere thought of wearing gaiters makes me queasy. I would have liked to live in a castle or be king, but my ancestors made the wrong moves ages ago.

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Garry Kasparov was the highest-rated chess player in the world for over twenty years and is widely considered the greatest player that ever lived. In How Life Imitates Chess Kasparov distills the lessons he learned over a lifetime as a Grandmaster to offer a primer on successful decision-making: how to evaluate opportunities, anticipate the future, devise winning strategies. He relates in a lively, original way all the fundamentals, from the nuts and bolts of strategy, evaluation, and preparation to the subtler, more human arts of developing a personal style and using memory, intuition, imagination and even fantasy. Kasparov takes us through the great matches of his career, including legendary duels against both man Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov and machine IBM chess supercomputer Deep Blue , enhancing the lessons of his many experiences with examples from politics, literature, sports and military history. With candor, wisdom, and humor, Kasparov recounts his victories and his blunders, both from his years as a world-class competitor as well as his new life as a political leader in Russia.

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Meeting one's heroes is debilitating, but reading their business books is mortifying. Kasparov is probably the greatest chess player of all time. His games-in-under-three-years struggle against Anatoly Karpov is, as he writes, 'one of the most intense head-to-head rivalries in sport history'. Nobody has played chess so aggressively at such a high level for so long. That Kasparov knows he is a genius is also not in doubt. He retired from chess not to spend more time his family, nor even to be President of Russia, but to change the infrastructure of Russian politics. His failure, so far, to have pulled this one off has left him spare time, some of which he uses to lecture chief executives about the antics of other CEOs.

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