The legendary former World Champion Gary Kasparov who was last seen in Linares,2005 has made his comeback after a gap of 12 years. He is now taking part in St.Louis Rapid and Blitz Chess Tournament where other heavyweights are playing as well. His return was highly expected as he was an unbeaten player at the time of his retirement who also ventured into Russian politics briefly and was a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Interestingly, he played his first match with a Russian player Sergey Karjakin which ended in a draw. The next game with Hikaru Nakamura of Japan who in the other game has handed over a defeat to India’s Vishwanathan Anand, also ended in a draw. His third game with Dominguez also ended in a draw but he expressed his pleasure of not having been defeated especially when he has made the return after a very long gap.
Kasparov along with Dominguez, Nakamura and Karjakin have 3 points each since all of them drew in their first 3 games which made them get 1 point from each game is placed at No.5 jointly in the tournament which is led by Fabiano Caruna, Le Quang Leim , Ian Nepomniachtchi and Levon Aronian with points each.
Interestingly, Anand who was once seen as the greatest rival for Kasparov is at the bottom with David Navara and has 1 point each. Anand would be playing Kasparov in his next which is the most expected game in the tournament.