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Kasparov suffers first loss in comeback event

 ST. LOUIS, United States - Chess legend Garry Kasparov on Tuesday suffered the first loss of his brief but highly anticipated comeback to the game, succumbing to fellow Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi after racking up four draws.

After three draws on Monday, the 54-year-old former world champion -- who dominated the game from 1985 to 2000 -- had hoped to play "more aggressive" chess on day two of the Rapid and Blitz tournament in St Louis.

Garry Kasparov
But after drawing his first game Tuesday with Armenian world number four Levon Aronian, a contest that featured some gutsy moves from Kasparov and a few trademark death stares, he could not hold on against Nepomniachtchi.

His fans, all hoping to see the brilliance that characterized his long career, said they were disappointed but still hopeful.

"It had to happen. But he is doing pretty well for a comeback against these new players," said one fan, 42-year-old American Tracy Stewart. "He hasn't been offensive enough."

Kasparov, who left the game in order to pursue a career in politics, will need some wins if he wants to move up in the tournament rankings -- he started Tuesday in 7th position out of 10.

Agence France-Presse
Full Article: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/sports/othersports/622039/kasparov-suffers-first-loss-in-comeback-event/story/

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