Chess Legend Kasparov To Meet Museveni


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“Target persons include His Excellency the President. He will also hold several meetings with top Education and Sports Ministry officials and the chess fraternity,” explained Uganda Chess Federation secretary Christopher Turyahabwe to Newvision.

Kasparov who jets in aboard a private jet on Monday afternoon intends to meet top government officials among others and hopes to discuss and explain key benefits that chess has brought to countries that have embraced it.

He will also have several meetings with students and UCF officials. He will wind up the day with a dinner at Serena.

Uganda Chess Federation was praised for its efforts to popularize early this year when Kasparov met Uganda’s youngest candidate master WCM Phiona Mutesi in the US and the two played an exhibition game that has become an inspiration to Ugandans.

Garry Kasparov’s career

Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22 by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov. He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organization, the Professional Chess Association.

He continued to hold the “Classical” World Chess Championship until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000. He was the first world champion to lose a match to a computer under standard time controls, when he lost to Deep Blue in 1997.

He was the world No. 1 ranked player for 255 months, nearly three times as long as his closest rival, Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov also holds records for consecutive tournament victories and Chess Oscars.

Kasparov announced his retirement from professional chess on 10 March 2005, so that he could devote his time to politics and writing. He formed the United Civil Front movement, and joined as a member of The Other Russia, a coalition opposing the administration and policies of Vladimir Putin.

In 2008, he announced an intention to run as a candidate in the 2008 Russian presidential race, but failure to find a sufficiently large rental space to assemble the number of supporters that is legally required to endorse such a candidacy, led him to withdraw.


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