How Life Imitates Chess is a book by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov uses his experience in playing Chess successfully as an. How Life Imitates Chess, by Garry Kasparov, It’s a book on decision making (it’s not really a book about chess) from a man who’s. ‘In this book, chess is a teacher, and I aim to show it is a great one.’ Garry Kasparov. Here Grandmaster and World Chess Champion Garry.

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Garry Kasparov was the highest-rated chess player in the world kasparlv over twenty years and is widely imitaes 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: He relates in a lively, original way all the fundamentals, from the kaparov 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 Blueenhancing 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 fhess a world-class competitor as well as his new life kasparv 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. If retired jocks can write inspirational books, I see no reason to exclude retired chess luminaries from the field of management advice, and executives will find Kasparov’s prescriptions useful. The man is a genius, for Pete’s sake. The book is serious, readable, and offer[s] real insight Kasparov fans will find much to enjoy.

It’s even more rare to receive a set of very specific, pragmatic ideas to enhance your own game, and your own business success. Garry Kasparov provides you with both, in a totally accessible, highly engaging, one-of-a-kind volume. Slywotzky, Director of Oliver Wyman, and author of “The Upside ” “When the game’s greatest champion gives advice on integrating your chess skills into your business life as well as the rest of your lifethe kassparov player listens chews. To support his account, [Kasparov] draws extensively from history, philosophy, art, science, sports, and general culture.

The result is a volume of cogently packaged lessons that, beyond its import and message, is a pleasure to read It’sclear from this enjoyable offering that the champion’s gifts are not confined to the chessboard and those same qualities kasparob now to be employed at making the planet a more livable place. Probably, nobody else has all of Kasparov’s special skill sets. Yet, after reading “How Life Imitates Chess,” with its solid advice to follow one’s own path, it’s eas to kazparov how the road to kaspafov growth and eventual fulfillment might suddenly come into view, sharp and focused.

Kasparov touches on many of the most famous moments of his career, including his series of matches against Karpov from to and his battles with the Deep Blue chess computer in the s.

As a chess player, Mr. Kasparov was more than just a world champion. If life truly does imitate chess and Mr. Kasparov somehow overcomes the Russian establishment to reach the summit of his new profession, his latest move may have been a winning one for himself, his countrymen and the rest of the world.

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It’s even more rare to receive a set ofvery specific, pragmatic ideas to enhance your own game, and your own business success. It’s clear from this enjoyable offering that the champion’s gifts are not confined to the chessboard and those same qualities are now to be employed at making the planet a more livable place. He held that title until He retired from professional chess in March to found the United Civil Front in Russia, and has dedicated himself to establishing free and fair elections in his homeland.

A longtime contributing editor at The Wall Street JournalKasparov travels around the world to address corporations and business audiences on strategy and leadership, and he appears frequently in the international media to talk about both chess and politics.

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How Life Imitates Chess by Garry Kasparov

Please try again later. Or is it the opposite? Each of these life-lessons helped him grow in countless ways, regardless whether it was facing dismal defeats, or manifesting intensely resounding victories. To that effect, Kasparov makes it a point to go into why constant self-analysis is essential not only to survive in the world, but in fact to thrive.

Self-awareness and imotates performance go hand in hand, as some of you may know. Because of this Kasparov urges everyone to become conscious of their individual inherent decision chezs process and strive to polish it to become wiser.

Some of the varying components featured in the book are the myriad fascinating stories of individuals, chess matches, companies et al. Another notable point mentioned in the book is the importance of not becoming your own enemy. And not being able to use logic is downright disastrous since your mental precision is only a shade of its true power.

Adrenaline, hormone levels, and blood pressure rise, and our memories become less efficient. We begin to lose our ability to communicate effectively, and we turn to a form of autopilot to make decisions. When something goes wrong, you naturally want to do better the next time, but you must imifates yourself to want to do it better even when things go right. If an individual chooses not to question their actions, they will simply not ches.


Someone may make a very poor choice, and imjtates end up winning untold sums of money. When such is the case, individuals rarely if ever opt for introspection to verify that they were correct. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It lfie a muscle that can be developed only with constant practice. Regarding this, Kasparov minces no words: Your greatest strength is the ability to absorb and synthesize patterns, methods, and information. Intentionally inhibiting the ability to focus too narrowly is chss only a crime, but one with few rewards.

So I read this book even though I am not such a big fan of “the boardroom. Did he not see those photos of Putin barechested and packing heat?

That could have been interpreted as a clue. An inch board with 64 squares and six different types of interacting “characters” can hardly be compared to the complexities of living life.

Granted that many players, like Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer and Ludek Pachman just to name a very few become politically involved in a dramatic way.

But it certainly doesn’t stand alone as a template for understanding and coping with life. Greatly admire the author. Humbled by his chess prowess. The book was OK. Well worth the read. Both winners in chess took their experiences to become winners in other arenas. Both now speak and coach corporations and businesses in success strategies.

While Waitzkin’s book is more exciting because of the blow-by-blow writing style, and exciting battles in martial arts, I think Kasparov’s book has more lasting value because of this one difference: Waitzkin recommends success by finding what you are good at, and putting yourself in more positions where your strengths will shine. Kasparov recommends success by taking honest inventory of what you are not good at, and putting the most effort into your weaknesses for better overall balance.

I believe our world needs more of the second approach as I will point out below.

Kasparov’s How Life Imitates Chess, by Edward Winter

Both books imitatea ignore the idea of cooperation. In every example, these two experts tell us how to vanquish the enemy. I personally have no enemies. My business does not depend on competition. I win when others win. This idea is not even hinted at in either book.

One might jump to the conclusion that chess helps people who are competitive, but leaves a hole where your cooperative skills would be.

Both authors could learn from Benjamin Franklin who played chess frequently. Franklin was a genius in many arenas, many we are still learning as pointed out in “Benjamin Franklin’s Numbers” by math teacher Paul Pasles.

We may assume that Franklin might have been the world champion at chess if he had felt the urge to competition. But even during the war, he did not view England as an adversary, nor the States as a winner at someone’s expense, but often said that American independence would be good for the whole world, England included.

Our earth is too small, now, to continue thinking competitively.