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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.

[Date “2012.03.22”]
[White “Kasparov, Garryq”]
[Black “Barrish, Daniël”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B52”]
[WhiteElo “2812”]
[BlackElo “1862”]
[PlyCount “92”]
[EventDate “2012.03.22”]
[SourceDate “2012.03.22”]

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
Bc3 1/2-1/2

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.

Marcel Roberts photo: Reint Dykema
Please click HERE for an Afrikaans news article and HERE for iol’s article – both about Kasparov’s visit.

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World Chess Champion, Gary Kasparov is visiting South Africa!! Kasparov was the top rated player for 21 years.  He will be playing some chess on the 12th November. Pres Zuma has recently launched the MOVES FOR LIFE Chess development programme. From the link:

Kasparov comes from Moscow to South Africa on 12 November to form a joint venture with Tshwane/Pretoria based chess educational project Moves for Life (MFL).

13th Chess World Champion, Garry Kasparov, has announced that he wishes to link his Kasparov Chess Foundation to MFL to take the successful MFL formula to other African countries.

He has added that he plans to work with MFL to make Johannesburg the chess capital of Africa

Kasparov stated:. “I was greatly inspired by the words of President Zuma last October, when he spoke so movingly on the many benefits of chess for children – and of his remarkable connection to my beloved game. I am happy to join him and the South African Moves for Life programme in a commitment to bringing chess to schools across the country and for turning Johannesburg into the continental capital for chess.”

Kasparov will be visiting South Africa as the guest of MFL from the 12th – 15th November to promote the Kasparov Chess Foundation link up with the Moves for Life programme.

The Moves for Life programme was launched by President Zuma last year and has since expanded to over 50 schools around the country, resulting in measurable improvement in maths and science performance amongst children

Watu Kobese, Moves for Life trustee and one of South Afriva’s top chess players Operations says: “The game of chess impacts positively on Maths, Science and comprehension abilities while also imparting valuable life skills to children. In learning to play chess, children are mastering a wide range of skills such as pattern recognition, classifying information, reasoning by analogy, following principles, calculating possible sequences of events and critical thinking — which in fact helps with all their academic subjects,”

President Jacob Zuma, is clear that there is a place for chess in South Africa’s education system. When President Zuma launched the MFL initiative in 2010, he highlighted the benefits of chess saying, “We want to convince parents and teachers that chess is one of the most powerful tools available to strengthen and enhance a child’s mind.”

Moves for Life is now training over 6000 children per week and has trained more than 200 educators in 2011 both to teach chess in schools and also as an extra-curricular activity.. According to Kasparov, “The Moves for Life programme is already doing a wonderful job and we expect to cooperate and aid them in developing both their chess and sponsorship efforts. To promote our activities, chess in the media, and to inspire the grassroots, I will personally donate my time, to train South Africa’s most promising young players as well as the country’s elite teams, as I have done in the United States with great success.

The mission of the Kasparov Chess Foundation: Africa will be to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children throughout Africa by providing a complete chess curriculum with associated enrichment programs. The foundation promotes the playing of chess as a cognitive learning tool in classes and in after-school programmes for primary and high schools. The Moves for Life programme has both the South African experience as well as the material developed uniquely for the African situation. Through collaboration both KCF and MFL will be able to optimise all available resources and reach their respective goals.

“Chess is an individual sport, but promoting chess is not. With your support, Johannesburg will take a prominent place alongside New York, Brussels and Sao Paulo,” says Kasparov.

In June this year the Kasparov Chess Foundation launched its European leg, based in Brussels. The Foundation has ambitious plans to develop a programme for the entire European Union. On September 20th, the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe presented its proposal at the Headquarters of the European Union.

Update: Saturday 12/11/2011
 Was really disappointed when reading on CHESSA’s site about MFL, Kasparov, etc. I agree, MFL is a PRIVATE company and HERE is Dr Kemm,  one of the 5 trustees of MFL and hopefully he will do something to get CHESSA also involved in this important visit – a visit our Chess players look forward to.  This is a visit that happens only ONCE in a life time and Chess South Africa is not even fully involved! MFL: You CAN do something about it.

Update [again] – Saturday 19/11/2011

If you are interested to read Mickey’s reaction as a MFL-trustee – you can read his comments in the comments box. It’s sad to know that MFL actually contacted CHESSA and that CHESSA asked MFL to cancel Kasparov’s visit. I think CHESSA needs to ‘grow up’ and show that they are there for the Chess community in South Africa and that they are serious about developing Chess in South Africa. CHESSA’s article is misleading the general public about their role in Kasparov’s visit. CHESSA is obviously not thinking about their international image.

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In the Chess World the Russian Chess Federation was under sieged…it seemed. Read on this link what happened. Kasparov and Karpov are both involved in this FIDE-matter. [The link will open in a new window.] There are some little green mendressed in yellow – involved too. I hope you enjoy my edited image. [click on the image for a larger view] See original images
HERE and also here. You can see Mr Spock playing chess in Star Trek here.
See two more edited images of  ‘Flash’ Karpov here on my blogger-blog.

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Valencia Karpov Kasparov 

Image: Chessbase

Image: wikimedia –
The  World Chess Championship 1984 was a match between challenger Garry Kasparov and defending champion Anatoly Karpov. After 5 months and 48 games, the match was eventually abandoned in controversial circumstances with Karpov leading five wins to three (with 40 draws), and replayed in the World Chess Championship 1985.

Image: wikimedia – The Word CC 1985
The 1985 World Chess Championship was played between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov in Moscow from September 3 to November 9, 1985. Kasparov won. The match was played as the best of 24 games. If it ended 12-12, Karpov would retain his title.

Kasparov Karpov 2009

2009 – September – and the word biggest Chess Engines meet again…25 years on. Follow their games live on the top link on my blog’s side bar or click HERE to follow their games live. [the best link to follow their games live is the next link at the bottom of this entry…the site is chessok.com]

Click on this link to play through their blitz-games. The link will open in a new window.


Image: Chessbase

Game 1

Results round 1 – Kasparov vs Karpov — 1-0

round 1 move 16

Game 1 – move 16 = please click on images for a clear view

Game 2

Game 2 – Kasparov vs Karpov 1-0 [site:chessok.com]
Please click here to play through the games interactively on chessok.

Game 2 Kasparov vs Karpov

Game 2  Kasparov, Garry  —  Karpov, Anatoly  1-0  Défense Semi-Slave

Game 3 Karpov vs Kasparov

Game 3  Karpov, Anatoly  —  Kasparov, Garry  1-0  -Gruenfeld 3.g3

Game 4 Kasparov vs karpov

Game 4  Kasparov, Garry  —  Karpov, Anatoly 1-0  Défense Semi-Slave

Karpov vs Kasparov


chess men

Game 1

[White “Karpov”]
[Black “Kasparov”]
[WhiteElo “2644”]
[BlackElo “2812”]
[Result “0-1”]
[GameID “479”]
[UniqID “446210”]
[WhiteClock “0:00:00”]
[BlackClock “0:08:33”]
[Stamp “509”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nb6 7. Ne2 c5 8.
d5 O-O 9. O-O e6 10. Nbc3 Na6 11. h3 exd5 12. exd5 Nc4 13. b3 Nd6 14. Bf4
b6 15. Qd2 Bb7 16. Rad1 Nc7 17. g4 Qd7 18. a4 f5 19. g5 Rad8 20. Bg3 f4 21.Nxf4 Nf5 22. Nb5 Nxb5 23. axb5 Nd4 24. Ne6 0-1


Chess is a game that rarely draws a massive amount of attention from the global public, but a rematch between Kasparov and Karpov reminds us that it throws up the occasional great rivalry.

When Garry Kasparov challenged Anatoly Karpov in 1984 for the chess world championship, it was the beginning of a titanic struggle.

The contest lasted five months and featured a series of successive draws of 17 and 15 games. It was controversially ended by the chess authorities over fears for the health of the players, both of whom had lost weight during the struggle. Kasparov had been resurgent at the end, although Karpov still held a lead.

In 1985, Kasparov beat Karpov for the title. They played for it again in 1986 and again Kasparov won. In 1987, Kasparov was one down going into the final game, but recovered to tie the series and therefore retain his crown.

It was a great chess rivalry, but it was more than that to the watching public and pundits.

“It was very symbolic of what was happening to the Soviet Union,” says grandmaster Raymond Keene, chess correspondent for the Times. “It was obvious the USSR was going through a period of great turmoil.”

And the rivalry was perfect in pitching a brilliant, brooding outsider against the Soviet establishment’s main man.

“Kasparov was a southerner, half-Jewish, half-Armenian, much younger, in the vanguard of a change, taking on the golden boy of the old Soviet Union,” says Keene.

Keene organised the London matches of the third series between the players in 1985, which took place both in the UK and Leningrad. He was surprised by the stark disparity between the Soviet and the Western ways of organising things.

In London, after the matches, a list of moves with annotation was faxed all over the world within 15 minutes of the conclusion. In Leningrad, a sheet bearing only the moves was typed up, a press officer with a minder was taken to the local party HQ where the only photocopier was to be found, the sheet was copied and then manually handed only to the journalists present at the event.

“They were still mired in Soviet bureaucracy and fear of publicity. I thought ‘this place is doomed’.

“It was a gigantic metaphor for the collapse of a creaking, unviable, introspective, conglomerate empire.”

There had been other rivalries that never succeeded in sparking the imagination. Mikhail Tal against Mikhail Botvinnik in the early 1960s had the same hallmarks of the non-Russian outsider against the Soviet stalwart, but failed to develop into a sustained struggle. And the earlier battle between Vasily Smyslov and Botvinnik is probably one for chess aficionados only.

The other rivalry that spread outside the world of chess was between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Their famous 1972 world championship match became another symbol of the struggle between civilisations.

Fischer was the Western maverick up against Spassky, the emblem of the powerful Soviet machine. And Fischer won.

“It was about Western individualism, depth of analysis, use of the technology available,” says Keene.

And the notion that ideas of a greater struggle would be imposed on chess was an invention of the Stalinist era.

The Communist official Nikolai Krylenko took his board games seriously. He was reported to have said: “We must organise shock brigades of chess players, and begin immediate realisation of a five-year plan for chess.”

He might have approved of the great rivalries with an ideological flavour that grew up in the 1970s and 80s. He would have been less delighted that on both occasions the Soviet establishment’s representative was bested.

Other sports have individual rivalries. Tennis has had some great ones.

But perhaps only boxing, with its system of champion and challengers, comes close to replicating the way that the protagonists have to study each other’s play and personality, even live in each other’s skin, during the mind-bogglingly detailed preparations for a world championship series.


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Enjoy the video of the “history” behind Kasparov and Deep Blue  of IBM.

I like the idea of the music supporting this game of Kasparov!

Please Click HERE for a game between Kasparov and Kramnik 1994, Munich.

Please click HERE to play through a game of Karpov and Kasparov played in 1985 at the World Chess Championships.

Chess players’ quotes:

Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all. – Mikhail ChigorinUnknown:

If chess is a science, it’s a most inexact one. If chess is an art, it’s too exacting to be seen as one. If chess is a sport, it’s too esoteric. If chess is a game, it’s too demanding to be “just” a game. If chess is a mistress, she’s a demanding one. If chess is a passion, it’s a rewarding one. If chess is life, it’s a sad one. Vladimir Kramnik- Interview- 22/12/2005– “For us chess players the language of artist is something natural,” in his interview with German artist Ugo Dossi. “For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression …” Kramnik: “The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same …. To a certain extent it is like a dance. Both dancers must be creative, in order to keep the creativity flowing. Tartakower:1.Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third… when you know you’re going to lose! – Tarrasch .. 2. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. – Alexander Alekhine: 3. ..”Chess is a beautiful mistress.”-Garry Kasparov… 4. ..”Chess is mental torture”…. Wilhelm Steinitz… 5. ….”Chess is not for timid souls. “…Kasparov.. 6. …”Chess is an art.”

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If you don’t know about Deep Blue and Kasparov and IBM’s involvement, then you have a bit of chess catch-up to do!

Chess Pieces info on this link!

This is interesting bits/pieces about Chess…

I wonder if I can add no 68?….Chess … the sport with the most books written !! 

Chess Pieces

no. 1
Oxford was the first university to have a chess club, in 1845.
no. 2
As strange as it may seem, Brooke Shields (yes, that Brooke Shields) was a member of the 1990 Chess World Championship organizing committee.
no. 3
The first newspaper chess column appeared in the Liverpool Mercury in 1813.
no. 4
George Koltanowski played 56 consecutive games blindfolded in 1960. He won 50 and drew the other 6.
no. 5
Al Jolson, the first movie actor of the talkies, formed a chess club consisting of radio stars called Knight Riders of the Air.
no. 6
In 1922, Jose Capablanca played 103 opponents at once in Cleveland, drawing 1 game and winning all the rest!
no. 7
The first chessboard with alternating dark and light squares appeared in Europe in the 11th century.
no. 8
Although far from an expert chess player, the exiled Lenin was so preoccupied with correspondence chess that he often rattled on about it in his sleep.
no. 9
The first chess game played by telephone was played by two gentlemen in Derbyshire, England, in 1878.
no. 10
In the television series STAR TREK, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock played chess 3 times. Kirk won every game.
no. 11
Boris Yeltsin founded the Sverdlosk Chess Club in Russia. He exhorted his friend Anatoly Karpov to open it.
no. 12
In 1974, Stockholm hosted the first world computer chess championship, won by the Soviet program, Kaissa.
no. 13
The first pocket chess set was created by the author of ROGET’S THESAURUS, Peter Mark Roget in 1845.
no. 14
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali designed a chess set that replaced traditional chessmen with silver fingers and thumbs.
no. 15
When Napoleon died, he willed that his heart be cut out and placed inside a chess table.
no. 16
The first computer program to play proper chess was written at MIT by Alex Bernstein in 1958-59.
no. 17
When Garry Kasparov was 19 years old, he was considered to be the second strongest player in the world.
no. 18
Hungarian Gyorgy Negyesy (1893-1992), who died just short of his 99th birthday, was the longest-lived master chess player.
no. 19
Dr. Emanuel Lasker of Germany held the world chess championship longer than anyone else – 26 years and 337 days.
no. 20
Talk about a bad day! Austrian master Josef Krejcik played 25 games simultaneously in 1910 and lost every one.
no. 21
Chess angel: Kate Jackson, of Charlie’s Angels fame, admitted during a TV interview that she would rather play with her Sargon chess computer than watch TV.
no. 22
Edith Price, proving that one is never too old for a sprightly game of chess, won the British Ladies Championship in 1946 at the age of 76.
no. 23
The largest chess display occurred during the Chess Olympics in Havana: 300 expert players took on 20 opponents each on 6,840 boards.
no. 24
In 1985, Garry Kasparov became the youngest man ever to win the world chess championship, at the age of 22.
no. 25
In 1982, Yugoslav chess journalist Dimitrije Bjelica played in the greatest number of games at one time in Sarajevo: 301. Nine hours later, Bjelica completed the games with a record of +258, =36, -7.
no. 26
Short game: In a match just before he became world champion, Bobby Fischer played I.C4 to open a game against Grandmaster Penno. Penno immediately resigned.
no. 27
Chess a violent game?
After enduring a mid-game murder attempt in an international tournament in Saltsjobaden, USSR grandmaster David Bronstein went on to win both the game and the tournament.
no. 28
The 1876 Customs Act was instituted in Britain after it was discovered that indecent chess pieces were sent to an all-girls boarding school.
no. 29
Can’t get enough! Vlastimil Hort of Czechoslovakia put on one of the most amazing exhibitions of simultaneous chess ever. He played 550 opponents, 201 simultaneously, and lost only 10 games, all in just over thirty hours in Iceland in April of 1977.
no. 30
The high-life:
Anatoly Karpov once listed his hobbies as “stamp collecting” and “Marxism.”
no. 31
Talk about a bad day! A New Jersey player invited 180 opponents to play him in an exhibition in 1977. Only 20 showed up and 18 won. One of his two victories came when he played against his mother.
no. 32
A keen interest in alcohol cost Alexander Alekhine his world championship in 1935. Two years later, he renounced alcohol in favor of milk and won back the championship.
no. 33
Garry Kasparov took part in the first satellite simultaneous exhibition in 1984, playing opponents in both London and New York. In 1988, Kasparov played 10 opponents in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Switzerland, USA, and USSR, winning 8, drawing 1, and losing 1.
no. 34
Janos Flesch played 52 strong players, winning 31 games, drawing 18 and losing 3 over 12 hours – blindfolded!
no. 35
Blindfold chess was forbidden by law in the former Soviet Union because it was considered artistically pointless and harmful to one’s mental health.
no. 36
The first chess tournament on record was held at the Royal Court in Madrid in 1575. Giulio Polerio and Giovanni Leonardo defeated Ruy Lopez and Alfonso Ceron in a series of matches arranged by King Phillip II.
no. 37
The first chess tournament held in the US was the American Chess Congress, held in New York in 1857 and won by Paul Morphy.
no. 38
The most players ever to compete in one tournament at the master level was 1,251 at the appropriately-named World Open in 1985.
no. 39
The longest game on record took place in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on February 17, 1989 between Ivan Nikolic and Goran Arsovic. The game took more than 20 hours, with 269 moves made between the two, and it ended in a draw.
no. 40
Francisco R. Torres Trois took 2 hours and 20 minutes to make one move in a game against Luis M.C.P. Santos, in Vigo, Spain in 1980. That’s the slowest single move on record. Ironically, he only had two possible moves to consider!
no. 41
Wilhelm Steinitz defeated Johann Hermann Zuckertort in the first world championship of chess, in 1886. Chess was the second sport to have a world championship, after billiards (1873).
no. 42
Dr. Emanuel Lasker of Germany held the world chess championship longer than anyone else – 26 years and 337 days.
no. 43
Wilhelm Steinitz of Austria, and later the US, was the oldest world champion of chess – he was 58 years and 10 days old when he lost the title to Dr. Emanuel Lasker in 1894.
no. 44
Garry Kasparov of the former USSR was 22 years and 210 days old when he beat Anatoly Karpov for the world championship of chess on November 9, 1985, making him the youngest men’s champion in history. However, the youngest world champion of all was Maya Chiburdanidze of the former USSR, who was 17 years old when she won the women’s title in 1978.
no. 45
Anatoly Karpov was awarded the world championship in 1975 when Bobby Fischer refused to appear to defend his title, thereby becoming the first world champion to win the title without playing an actual match.

no. 46
Nona Gaprindashvili of the former USSR was the first woman to achieve men’s international grandmaster status in 1978. She also became the first woman to win a “men’s” chess tournament when she tied for first place at Lone Pine in 1977, and has since had a perfume named after her in Russia.
no. 47
Judit Polgar of Hungary was the youngest person to attain international grandmaster status, at 15 years and 150 days old, on December 20, 1991. Bobby Fischer of the US was 15 years, 6 months, and 1 day old when he became the youngest man to become an international grandmaster.
no. 48
Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh is the youngest person to ever win a national championship, winning the Bangladesh championship at age 12 and later becoming the first (and only) grandmaster from Bangladesh at the age of 20.
no. 49
The first chess magazine, LE PALMEDE, was founded in 1836 by La Bourdonnais. The periodical was named after Palamades, an ancient Greek inventor, who is one of the many fabled creators of chess.
no. 50
The oldest newspaper chess column still in existence runs in The Illustrated London News, and first appeared in 1842.
no. 51
The first match played by telegraph occurred in 1844 between Washington, DC and Baltimore, using the first American telegraph.
no. 52
The Anderssen-Kolisch match of 1861 was the first match played with a time limit. An hourglass gave each player 2 hours to make 24 moves.
no. 53
In 1902, passengers on the American liner Philadelphia and the Cunard liner Campania 70 miles away in the Atlantic played the first match by radio, transmitting their moves by wireless operators aboard the ships. The match was not concluded, since the radios were needed for navigational use.
no. 54
The USA and USSR played the first international radio chess match on record in 1945, which was also the first international sporting event after the outbreak of World War II. It marked the debut of the USSR in international sport. Never before had a team representing the USSR played another country in any form of sport. Mayor LaGuardia of New York City made the opening move for the US, while Ambassador Averill Harriman officiated the match in Moscow.
no. 55
The first chess game played between space and earth occurred on June 9, 1970. Cosmonauts on the Soyez-9 played their ground crew on a chess set designed specifically for the weightless environment. The game ended in a draw.
no. 56
THE CHESS PLAYERS, painted in 1490, was the first known painting with a chess theme.
no. 57
The first appearance of chess in a film was in THE WISHING RING, in 1914.
no. 58
The first movie about chess was CHESS FEVER, made in Moscow in 1925 and starring Jose Capablanca.
no. 59
BALLET DES ECHECS was the first known ballet with a chess theme performed for Louis XIV of France.
no. 60
GAME AT CHESS, written by Thomas Middleton in 1624, was the first play that featured chess and was performed in England at the Globe Theater. The play was a biting political satire, presenting important statesmen of the day as chess pieces, and it played to packed houses before being shut down due to political pressure. Middleton was arrested and jailed, and the actors were all fined for their participation!
no. 61
CHESS is a 1986 musical written by Tim Rice, the former playwriting partner of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame. CHESS is based on the Fischer – Spassky World Championship match of 1972 and, at the time, was the most expensive play ever put on stage, with a budget of more than $4 million.
no. 62
AUTO DA FE is a 1935 novel written by Elias Canetti, a Nobel Prize winner for Literature, in which the main character is a man named Fischer who wants to be the chess champion of the world.
no. 63
In Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001, the spaceship Discovery was run by a self-aware computer named HAL, who only wanted to play chess with humans. HAL ended up going mad and attempting to kill the crew of the ship.
no. 64
The first time a chess computer and a person played a game under tournament conditions was at the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in 1967. MacHack VI, created at MIT, didn’t win but still ended up with a 1239 provisional rating.
no. 65
BELLE, a chess program created by Ken Thompson and Joe Condon, has the distinction of becoming the first computer to be awarded the title of US chess master, in 1983. BELLE had previously won the 1980 World Computer Chess Championship.
no. 66
David Strauss holds the dubious distinction of being the first international master to lose to a computer, losing to an experimental Fidelity machine at the 1986 US Open.
no. 67
Dr. Hans Berliner, a former world correspondence champion himself, programmed a chess program named HITECH, which won a Pittsburgh masters’ tournament with a performance rating of over 2400 and the North American computer championship in 1986, and then won the 1988 Pennsylvania State Chess Championship outright after defeating International Master Ed Formanek (2485) in the last round.

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Former Russian world chess champion Kasparov freed from jail

MOSCOW, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) — Russia’s former world chess champion and the opposition United Civil Front leader, Garry Kasparov, was freed from jail Thursday after being held for five days for organizing an illegal rally.    “He was released slightly earlier than we expected,” a member of his movement was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

    Kasparov was arrested in central Moscow on Saturday while leading a march of opposition group The Other Russia, which comprises the People’s Patriotic Union, led by former premier Mikhail Kasyanov, the banned National Bolshevik Party, headed by writer Eduard Limonov, and Kasparov’s United Civil Front.


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