World champ Garry Kasparov to visit Kenya to promote chess
Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 14:33 [IST]
By OneinIndia News
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 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.
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