The 13th World Chess Champion, Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, will be in Singapore on 15th August 2010 (Sunday) to play in exhibition blitz chess matches against two of Singapore’s top chess players, battle against thirty local chess players of different age groups in simultaneous chess matches, autograph his chess books for fans and deliver a motivational talk on “How Life Imitates Chess”. The one-day event is jointly organized by Conrad Centennial Singapore, Serangoon Gardens Country Club, Thomson Community Club and the "Chess is for Everybody in Singapore" movement
Singapore chess players, fans and parents will be extremely delighted as this is the first ever visit by a living chess legend, Garry Kasparov, to Singapore. This event follows soon after the successful hosting of the 12th World Chess Champion Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov’s visit to Singapore on 17 July 2010. Grandmaster Garry Kasparov was the youngest player to have won the title of world chess champion from 1985 to 2000, having wrested the title from his predecessor, Anatoly Karpov, in a titanic battle in 1985 after the first match in 1984 was controversially ended by FIDE, the world chess federation.
Kasparov’s visit coincides with Singapore’s hosting of the Youth Olympics Games (YOG) from 14 to 26 August 2010. While chess is not represented in the YOG, nevertheless Kasparov’s visit serves to promote chess and put Singapore on the world chess map. It is estimated that there are at least 100,000 social and active chess players in Singapore. This event is also supported by Hyflux, Quantum Law Corporation and Sea Blue.
The itinerary of events on 15 Aug 2010 is as follows:
No chess fan should pass this up in Singapore, short of compassionate grounds of course. Watch out for the local news tomorrow!
About “Chess is for Everybody in Singapore” (CES)
The “Chess is for Everybody in Singapore” movement was started by a group of passionate chess players, supporters and parents. It believes that chess playing keeps the mind alert and chess is beneficial to the young, adult and veteran players alike. As chess develops logical thinking, creativity and discipline of mind and character, it is of great help to people of all ages. There is also a strong correlation between chess playing ability and scholastic achievements