Kasparov in Kenya!
Dear Chess Friends,
You are cordially invited to the Closing Ceremony of the Kenya National Chess Championships 2013, proudly sponsored by the Tamil Cultural Association of Kenya.
Chess Kenya will have the pleasure of presenting the legendary GM Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion and inspiration to many. He is on a mission to promote Chess activities in Kenya and across Africa, specifically Chess in Schools through the Kasparov Chess Foundation.
GM Garry Kasparov will give a speech. There also be a brief Q&A and photo session.
Venue: Simba Union Club (Sikh Union), Next to Premier Academy along Forest Road, Nairobi Main Hall.
Time (Closing Ceremony 1700hours Sunday 7th July)
All Chess Friends are welcome and we will assure Chess Kenya members of priority placement.
Nairobi, July 3: Russian grandmaster and former World champion Garry Kasparov will visit Kenya on Saturday to promote chess among the youth. Kenya Chess Association Chairman Githinji Hinga said the 50-year-old Kasparov will attend the National Youth Chess Championship here, reports Xinhua.
“The former world No.1 will be our guest on Saturday during which he will inspire the youth to play chess, which has also been proved to improve academic performance and decision-making,” Hinga said Tuesday.
Kasparov to visit Kenya to promote chess He said Kasparov will be in Kenya en-route to South Africa where he is heading to open an African branch of his Garry Kasparov Foundation in Johannesburg that will be used as a springboard to spread the game around the continent. “The chess guru will meet top sports and Education officials in Kenya during his visit, with the aim of establishing a branch in the country at a later date as well as to create relationships with Kenyans.”
Kasparov has declared his intentions to vie for the presidency of chess’ world governing body, FIDE, of which 160 countries are members. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, Kasparov became the youngest undisputed World champion in 1985 at the age of 22 by defeating then champion Anatoly Karpov. His ratings achievements include being continuously ranked World No.1 from 1986 until his retirement in 2005, during which he achieved a peak rating of 2851, the highest score to date.
Read more at: https://news.oneindia.in/2013/07/03/kasparov-to-visit-kenya-to-promote-chess-1251099.html
For the record, of course 2851 was surpassed by Magnus “Thor” Carlsen who stands at 2862.
Yes, an obvious mistake. This article was copied verbatim from the site. I didn’t want to edit their errors.
A very good boost for the Kenya National Chess Championships and Chess in Kenya in particular. That is the kind of exposure chess in Africa needs. My best regards to the organizers of this event.
Very impressive indeed. Its good to see how enthusiastic the kids are playing the game. That is the future of Kenyan Chess.