For those of you who don’t know who Gary Kasparov is (why the hell are you on Nerds.com?) he’s a cutthroat Russian chess grandmaster who many claim to be the best chess player of all time. He was the youngest ever world champion at 22 and was the worlds number 1 ranked player for 255 months (nearly 3 times as long as the #2).
In short, he’s a really smart guy who kicked the shit out of anyone he played chess against – and after getting bored of beating other really smart russian guys he was on the lookout for a new challenge.
In 1999 with the help of the internet that challenge arose, and Kasparov decided to take on the world. In other words, he’d take on a team of 50,000 chess players strewn across the globe that decided each move on a plurality vote. Now this world team wasn’t just a bunch of nobodies, they were assisted by a team of 4 chess stars that recommended moves for the team to vote on. 24 hours were allotted for each move and after 4 months of play and 62 moves…
After the game Kasparov admitted that he had never expended as much effort on any other game in his life, and that “It [was] the greatest game in the history of chess. The sheer number of ideas, the complexity, and the contribution it has made to chess make it the most important game ever played.”
This guy is one impressive nerd.