Topics Discussed: Love of winning and hatred of losing, Psychological elements, Favorite games, Magnus Carlsen, IBM Deep Blue, Morality, Autonomous vehicles, Fall of the Soviet Union, Putin, Life.

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov is is a Russian chess grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, political activist and commentator. His peak rating of 2851, achieved in 1999, was the highest recorded until being surpassed by Magnus Carlsen in 2013. From 1984 until his retirement in 2005, Kasparov was ranked world No. 1 for a record 255 months overall for his career, the most in history. Kasparov also holds records for the most consecutive professional tournament victories (15) and Chess Oscars (11).

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Garry Kasparov on Lex Fridman Podcast: Chess, Deep Blue, AI, and Political Activism

In an insightful episode of the Lex Fridman Podcast, the legendary chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov delves into a myriad of topics ranging from his historic chess matches to his perspectives on artificial intelligence and his political activism against the Putin regime.

The Epic Battle: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue

Kasparov's matches against IBM's Deep Blue in the 1990s captured global attention, marking a significant moment in the realm of artificial intelligence. While Kasparov initially emerged victorious, his eventual defeat to Deep Blue signaled the growing capabilities of AI and its potential role in various fields. These matches not only solidified Kasparov's place in chess history but also inspired a new generation of AI enthusiasts and researchers.

Psychology of a Chess Grandmaster

Delving into the psyche of a world-class chess player, Kasparov reflects on his motivations during his illustrious career. He candidly discusses the pain of losing and the joy of winning, emphasizing the deep introspection that each match brought to him.

AI's Role in Our Future

Kasparov shares his nuanced views on artificial intelligence, highlighting its potential and challenges. He underscores the importance of human intelligence and the symbiotic relationship between humans and machines in shaping the future.

Political Activism and Opposition to Putin

Beyond the chessboard, Kasparov is a staunch pro-democracy advocate and a vocal critic of the Putin regime. His political activism and unwavering commitment to human rights have made him a prominent figure in global politics.


This episode of the Lex Fridman Podcast offers a holistic view of Garry Kasparov's multifaceted life. From his unparalleled achievements in chess to his endeavors in the world of AI and his courageous political stances, Kasparov's insights and reflections provide a profound understanding of mastery, technology, and activism.