June 26th, 2014
6/20/2014 – Stemming from a US Senate resolution to recognize St. Louis as the US Capital of Chess, chess patron Rex Sinquefield met with members of congress to promote chess education, supported by Garry Kasparov. This led to the 1st Congressional Chess Tournament with US congressmen facing off over the chess board, teamed up with rising US chess prodigies. Zachary Young has the report.
Garry Kasparov and Rex Sinquefield play some opening moves to launch the event
Garry Kasparov with the author, Zachary Young
Garry Kasparov in deep discussion with congressman William Clay (D-Missouri)
left to right: Jason Smith (R-Missouri), Rex Sinquefield, Garry Kasparov, congressman William Clay (D-Missouri)
Posing for a picture: Jeffery Xiong, Kayden Troff, Garry Kasparov, Samuel Sevian, Ashritha Eswaran
June 12th, 2014
Garry Kasparov Returns to Macau!
Garry Kasparov was the guest of honour at the 15th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships held at in Macao from 3-11 June 2014
Jose Silveirinha, President of Macau Chess Association, Kasparov, Tavares and Ignatius Leong, President of the ASEAN Chess Confederation.
(Leon Ramos-Ryan signing the agreement with Prospero Pichay Jr and Ignatius Leong with members of Team Kasparov 2014 looking on)
This potential of Mini Chess was very exciting to the many participants but Guam was fastest in seeking the help of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific to help introduce and roll-out this and other chess programs.
We are the champions, my friends!
June 5th, 2014
On 5th June we had the pleasure to welcome Garry Kasparov on a campaign visit in Brussels where we met federation representatives from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Monaco.
Left to right: Jan Callewaert (President KCF Europe), Horst Metzing(Delegate Germany), Garry Kasparov, Günter Delhaes (President Belgium), Jean-Michel Rapaire (President Monaco), Olivier Jeitz (Delegate Luxembourg), Jan Suer(Manager KCF Europe).
After an excellent lunch in the welcoming atmosphere of the Van Der Falk Hotel, participants had the possibility to share with Garry Kasparov their concerns on the upcoming FIDE election. Garry Kasparov also very openly discussed his views on chess for education, anti-cheating measures, women chess and the political element in our sport.
Discussions and talks focused specifically on the needs of the small nations. Garry Kasparov acknowledged the complications of maintaining a vivid chess culture in a limited environment. “We have to honour the work of small federations, of course! A wild card system for championships might be appropriate”.
Left to right: Horst Metzing, Jan Callewaert, Olivier Jeitz, Jan Suer, Günter Delhaes, Garry Kasparov and Catherine Rapaire.
From left. Mr. Debesu (President chess federation Ethiopia), Nurdin Hassuji (Secretary General Chess Kenya), Garry Kasparov, Tariq Zaroug (President chess federation of Sudan), Africa Msimang (President KCF Africa), Githinji Hinga (President Chess Kenya), Getnet Kebede (Ethiopia chess) @ Organisation of Africa Union Head office, Addis Ababa
Future champion? Maybe 🙂
A firm handshake with Hiquingari Carranza after signing the papers formally launching the Foundacion Kasparov de Ajedrez para Ibero-America. Carranza is the president and is already hard at work.
Emilio Lozoya is the CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos, better known as PEMEX, one of the world’s largest companies. He’s also a chess fan and supporter of Kasparov’s efforts to promote the game as a sport and education tool in Latin America. PEMEX, along with Banamex, the Slim Foundation, and many other big sponsors made the new Foundation center and this amazing event possible.
With ACF President Gary Wastell giving out prizes.
Garry officiates the launch of the University Tenaga Malaysia (UNITEN) chess club.
Press conference of Garry Kasparov and Essis Essoh, President of the Ivorian Chess Federation
Receiving the Order of Merit for Sport from Mr. Alain Lobognon the Minister of Sports
Prime Minister Edi Rama stressed the commitment of the government to make available to this innovative program all the possible human and material capacities.
Garry Kasparov, President Boubakar Diallo (Senegal) and President Antouman NJIE on the way to Goree Island
GM Kasparov with Board Members of Tanzania Chess Association
President of GCA, GM Kasparov and CEO of UT Bank at the Inaugural Ceremony of the UT Bank Chess Club
Welcomed by the Deputy of Mr. Augustin Senghor, Mayor of the Gorée island
Garry Kasparov on the presidential boat heading to the island of Gorée together with Mr. Antouman NJIE (left) and Boubakar DIALLO (right), respectively presidents of the federations of Gambia and Senegal.
At the end of these exchanges, the first vice-chairperson Fadika Sako concluded:
“We have truly been convinced by your first sentence. It remains for us to present and to submit our findings to the National Assembly’s President so that the bill drafting can be decided on.”
Happy player 🙂
Meeting Mr. Muhammad Nuh, National Education and Culture Minister of Indonesia.
Garry received by the Minister of Sports of Senegal, Mr. Mbagnick Ndiaye
Garry Kasparov with the Olympic Committee
Photograph with students of Queen’s International School
Meeting with Mr. Alain Lobognon, the Minister of Sports
VIP Welcome by the Asia’s first Grandmaster Eugene Torre at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
The Master Plan !
A souvenir from Chairman of the Indonesian National Olympic Committee, Mr. Tono Suratman (Ret. Major General).
Garry handing over a cheque to Tan Dri Ramli Ngah Talib to help start Kasparov Chess Foundations Asia-Pacific’s support for Chess in Education
With the squad from Swaziland — at Southdowns College.
Garry and Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad, Director General MARA with Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib, President of the Malaysian Chess Federation
GM Ian Rogers and Garry Kasparov ponder one of the top board games between signings.
To the future champion of the world!
Group Photo of Global Leadership Awards Winners 2014
Launching Australian Chess Team 2014 Olympic appeal together with ACF President Gary Wastell and ACF Vice-President Leonid Sandler
With Senadora Lilia Guadalupe Merodio Reza in her office. A friendly draw was agreed.
A challenger arises! A surprise guest at the Congress was the age group champion of Mexico City for an impromptu game of blitz with the former world champion. To Kasparov’s right is the very impressive young Congressman Zárate, who is spearheading the chess in education campaign in parliament.
Garry getting a few simul tips from Mexico City mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera. (GM Nikola Mitkov, a visiting trainer sent by KCF, on the left.)
Chess on the frontline !