PICTURES: Chess Great Kasparov Inspires Ugandan Students

viagra sale geneva;”>On Monday evening at Hotel Africana, page Uganda Chess Federation hosted chess’ greatest player of all time who illustrated how chess is a life story, a crucial part of education.

I once asked a 9 year-old kid on my tours, ‘How does chess help you? The kid said ‘Chess helps me with my maths. Math is complicated. Chess helps me solve complicated problems.” Kasparov told his audience at Africana that included students from Kings College Buddo, Uganda Martyrs High, Trinity College, Nabingo and St Mbugga High.

Kasparov gives an inspiration speech at Hotel Africana

He also acknowledged the presence of talent in Uganda like Phiona Mutesi in Uganda is proof that chess stars can sprout anywhere.

One of his tasks in Africa is to convince government and private businesses to support the sport. The Garry Kasparov Chess Foundation analyses the chess needs in countries and creates special designs to boost the sport.

Kasparov arrives with his wife Daria

Kasparov heads to Kigali Tuesday on a similar purpose before moving to Malawi and Zambia. Kasparov said he will wind up the tour in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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.

And Kasparov could not have enough of the local Ugandan dishes at a dinner organised in his honour at Kampala Serena Hotel

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.

UCF President Vianney Luggya and VP technical Kisuze look as Kasparov demonstrates moves on the chess board

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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