Greatest chess player of all time to play in Cape Town

Greatest chess player of all time to play in Cape Town

Garry Kimovich Kasparov – the Russian chess grandmaster, writer, and political activist – is scheduled to play simultaneous chess matches against 25 opponents, ranging from age 12 to 39, during his visit to Cape Town this month.

The National President of Chess South Africa, Aldo Smart, and ten other executives from Chess South Africa will be present at the event. More than 200 school chess teams and spectators are expected to attend.

Date: Thursday 22 March 2012 – Time: 11:00 – 14:00

Venue: OR Tambo Indoor Sports Centre, Mew Way, Khayelitsha

“It is indeed a pleasure to have one of the great chess legends visiting our shores. This event will surely promote the game of chess in our communities and raise the playing standard. Garry Kasparov’s visit once again proves that the City of Cape Town is highly regarded by international icons and as a Caring City. We wish him well in his game at OR Tambo Indoor Sports Centre as well as an enjoyable stay in our city,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Tandeka Gqada.

Kasparov is widely regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. He became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22 and held the official World Chess Federation (FIDE) world title until 1993. He is also widely known for losing a chess match to the Deep Blue computer in 1997, under standard time controls.

The Elo rating system (a method for calculating the relative skill levels of players in two-player games) rated Kasparov as World Number One almost continuously from 1986 until his retirement in 2005. He also holds the all-time highest rating of 2 851. He was the World Number One ranked player for 255 months in a row – by far the longest stretch of all time and nearly three times as long as his closest rival, Anatoly Karpov. He also holds records for consecutive tournament victories and the Chess Oscars.

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