Kasparov in South Africa!

Thursday 22 March 2012
Geraldine Engelman (CHESSA Director of PR & Media)

“The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough.”
– Garry Kasparov

Some of the best quotes of the famous GM Garry Kasparov are so effective and it relates to every aspect of life. If we view the above quote, it can be said that over the last few months, a buzz in the chess fraternity has come to light.

GM Garry Kasparov

Chess South Africa (CHESSA) is but one of the chess organizations who definitely trust their instincts through entering into a historic partnership with the Kasparov Chess Foundation. It is no wonder that Kasparov is the most talked about guy in town, been voted as Time Magazines most top 100 influential people as well as the founder of Kasparov Chess Foundation. Kasparov’s visit to South Africa for a second time over the last few months has a lot to do with the momentous launch of the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF).

Chess South Africa (CHESSA) has the honor to be a component of KCF as the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be done at the launch of the African Chapter at the Sandton Sun hotel on March 23rd, 2012 where a dinner will be held in Kasparov’s honor. The partnership between KCF and CHESSA is significant in itself as chess in South Africa has been identified as one of the priority sporting codes which was recognized by the Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Honorable Minister Fikile Mbalula MP. CHESSA has encouraged all the unions’ affiliated to them to join in this momentous occasion at the Sandton Sun Hotel. Recently, CHESSA signed a MOU with Moves for Life who was instrumental in the introduction of KCF to South Africa.

“In an age when schools are facing significant budgetary restraints, there is a greater need than ever to make chess available to as many students as possible. We’ve assembled the very best in chess education to develop a complete chess curriculum – K through 12. We’ve designed a program that encourages creativity, instills self-discipline and offers hope and a feeling of accomplishment to millions of children.” – Garry Kasparov on KCF.

The MOA will be signed by Emelia Ellapen, President of CHESS South Africa. Members of the Executive Board will be in attendance at the dinner. “Another significant chapter in the history of CHESSA and South Africa. We embrace this partnership and encourage South Africa to partake in this venture.”

Garry Kasparov conducting a simultaneous exhibit in South Africa during a 2012 visit.

Kasparov giving a simul during his most recent visit to South Africa. He gave up one draw from 26 games. Photo courtesy of CHESSA.

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Editor’s Note: Kasparov gave a simultaneous exhibition in which 26 players participated. Daniël Barrish scored the only draw on Kasparov’s offer, but the world champion won the rest! The event was held in Cape Town on Thursday 22 March 2012. There will be another simul on Sunday.

Date: Sunday, 25 March 2012
Time: 12:00
Media Briefing: 15:00
Photo and book signing opportunity: 15:30
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Cnr Miriam Makeba & President Street, Newton, Johannesburg


  1. Nothing special about the draw in Kasparov-Barrish, but here it is:

    [Event “Garry Kasparov Simultaneous Ex.”]
    [Site “Cape Town, RSA”]
    [Date “2012.03.22”]
    [Round “?”]
    [White “Kasparov, Garry”]
    [Black “Barrish, Daniël”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [ECO “B52”]
    [WhiteElo “2812”]
    [BlackElo “1862”]
    [PlyCount “92”]
    [EventDate “2012.03.22”]
    [SourceDate “2012.03.22”]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O Nf6 6. Qe2 g6 7. c3 Bg7 8.d4 cxd4 9. cxd4 O-O 10. Nc3 Nc6 11. Rd1 d5 12. e5 Ne8 13. Qb5 Nc7 14. Qb3 b6 15. Be3 Na5 16. Qc2 Nc4 17. Rac1 Nxe3 18. fxe3 Bh6 19. Qe2 Rfc8 20. Rc2 Nb5 21.Rdc1 Nxc3 22. Rxc3 Rxc3 23. Rxc3 Rc8 24. Kf2 Rxc3 25. bxc3 Qc6 26. g4 e6 27.Qc2 Bf8 28. Nd2 Qb7 29. Qb3 b5 30. Kf3 a5 31. e4 Bh6 32. exd5 Qxd5+ 33. Qxd5 exd5 34. Nb3 a4 35. Nc5 Bd2 36. Ke2 Bxc3 37. Kd3 Ba5 38. Nd7 b4 39. Nf6+ Kf8 40. Nxd5 b3 41. axb3 axb3 42. h3 h5 43. gxh5 gxh5 44. Nf4 h4 45. Ng2 b2 46. Kc2 Bc3 1/2-1/2

    Friday, March 23, 2012 8:04:00 AM CDT

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  3. Hi Daaim,
    why do you say nothing special about the draw?
    To draw against Kasparov is like climbing Mount Everest. It is indeed special.

    I guess you might be referring to the quality of the moves. But that is beside the point. A draw against Kasparov is any chess player’s dream.

    1. Well… given the news reports circulating, it was presented as a fantastic game with Kasparov fighting for a draw. It was exaggerated. This is a good result, but the media description of the game itself was misleading.

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