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Alexander Shakarov (born 8 March 1948 in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR) is a Soviet chess player, coach and author of Armenian descent.[1]

He is best known for being Garry Kasparov's coach from 1976 to 2005.[2][3] Together they wrote Caro-Kann: Classical 4…Bf5 book (1984). Kasparov said: "The name of Alexander Shakarov might not be world famous, but hardly anyone has lived a life more dedicated to chess. He is one of the most dedicated workers I've ever met."[3]

Shakarov was also the trainer of Ashot Nadanian.[3]

The fourth chapter of Tibor Karolyi's 2009 book Genius in the Background is devoted to him.



  • Kasparov, Garry; Shakarov, Aleksander (1984). Caro-Kann: Classical 4.Bf5. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-4237-9.
  • Shakarov, Aleksander; Belov, Igor; Tsaturian, Valeri; Vilensky, L. (1996). Anthology of Chess Beauty. Saturn-S. ISBN 5-8468-0045-9.


  1. ^ Армянские звезды спортивного Баку (Russian)
  2. ^ Гарри - вундеркинд и гений игры (Russian)
  3. ^ a b c Karolyi, Tibor; Aplin, Nick (2009). "4". Genius in the Background. Quality Chess. pp. 113–147. ISBN 978-1-906552-37-4.

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