Kasparov and Zuma. Photo: GCIS/Maroelamedia
Kasparov is currently in South Africa, setting up his Africa’s branch in South Africa, called KCFA – Kasparov’s Chess Foundation Africa. Whilst in South Africa, he played some chess too. Very proudly, a South African boy draws vs Kasparov. Read about this young lad. This is fantastic for such a young boy – that shows the potential amongst the South African chess players. I see another Chess Grandmaster-in-the-making for South Africa! Well done to Daniel! You made us proud! Kasparov was the one who offered Daniel the draw. Here’s the game.
[White "Kasparov, Garryq"]
[Black "Barrish, Daniël"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O Nf6 6. Qe2 g6 7. c3 Bg7 8. d4 cxd4 9. cxd4 O-O 10. Nc3 Nc6 11. Rd1 d5 12. e5 Ne8 13. Qb5 Nc7 14. Qb3 b6 15. Be3 Na5 16. Qc2 Nc4 17. Rac1 Nxe3 18. fxe3 Bh6 19. Qe2 Rfc8 20. Rc2 Nb5 21. Rdc1 Nxc3 22. Rxc3 Rxc3 23. Rxc3 Rc8 24. Kf2 Rxc3 25. bxc3 Qc6 26. g4 e6 27. Qc2 Bf8 28. Nd2 Qb7 29. Qb3 b5 30. Kf3 a5 31. e4 Bh6 32. exd5 Qxd5+ 33. Qxd5 exd5 34. Nb3 a4 35. Nc5 Bd2 36. Ke2 Bxc3 37. Kd3 Ba5 38. Nd7 b4 39. Nf6+ Kf8 40. Nxd5 b3 41. axb3 axb3 42. h3 h5 43. gxh5 gxh5 44. Nf4 h4 45. Ng2 b2 46. Kc2
SACS pupil, holds chess great Kasparov to a draw
ONE of the greatest chess players of all time, former world champion Garry Kasparov, met his match yesterday in Khayelitsha where he was held to a draw by an 11-year-old Cape Town pupil, Daniel Barrish.
Kasparov was in Cape Town to promote a joint venture between his foundation and a local NGO providing local chess-based mathematics and science programmes aimed at under-privileged children.
Yesterday the Russian played simultaneous chess matches against 25 young people in Khayelitsha.
After going toe-to-toe with Barrish for three hours, the international chess grandmaster surrendered to the Grade 6 SACS pupil. Speaking to the Cape Times from his Constantia home, Barrish said it had been an honour for him to play Kasparov. “I was very happy that I was going to play him, even more that I drew with him. I was nervous and thought I was going to lose. He made a couple of mistakes, he was moving too fast and I capitalised. He had to fight for a draw,” the 11-year-old said.
Barrish, a three-time under- 10 national chess champion, has never conceded a defeat in his age group. He also won the African chess under-10 championship and is the youngest in the Springbok chess team.
His father Jean-Claude Barrish said he was proud of him: “He is good, he has lots of talent. He has put a lot of work into it. He is doing very well academically and what I like is that he balances everything out because he also plays cricket, rugby and tennis.”
While in SA, Kasparov’s foundation, Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA), will work with Moves for Life (MfL), a local chess-based mathematics and science programme aimed at under-privileged children.
Last night Kasparov played head to head with 16-year-old South African chess champion Marcel Roberts at Table Mountain’s lower cablecar boardroom, when strong winds stopped them from playing on top of the mountain. Kasparov and Roberts played two short five-minute games.
President Jacob Zuma, patron of MfL, will today meet Kasparov to celebrate the opening of Kasparov’s Africa branch of his foundation.