Considered by many to be the best chess player to have ever lived, Garry Kasparov has spent his retirement campaigning for democracy and human rights
Becoming the youngest ever chess world champion at the age of 22 was just the beginning for Garry Kasparov; he spent 20 years as the top ranked player in the world and became known as a strategic genius. He retired from professional chess in 2005 with the aim of examining politics in his native Russia. Determined to use his time constructively, he is now a human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, author and speaker.
- Former World Chess Champion
- Strategic Genius
- Human Rights Activist
Kasparov first became internationally famous when he became the youngest ever World Chess champion at the age of 22. He spent 20 years as the worlds top-ranked player and won countless tournaments against both humans and computers. His ability earned him the respect of players and non-players alike and the fearsome nickname the Beast of Baku. He became known for his fascination with new technologies and beat a succession of chess playing computers, including Deep Blue and Deep Junior, and played online chess against a team of 50,000 people from around the globe in Kasparov versus the World in 1999. He founded the Kasparov Chess Foundation in 2002 to encourage the use of chess within education, something which he believes will improve the strategic and thinking skills of future generations.
Passionate and dynamic, Garry Kasparov applies his tactical genius to business and educational challenges seamlessly, inspiring teams and individuals.
- Achieving Your Potential
- Making use of Strategic Thinking in Business & Politics
- Strategy – the Big Picture
- Leaders vs. Managers
- Strategy for decoding the Complexity of Life
- Strategy & Tactics
Positions and Honours:
- Founder and Chairman United Civil Front, Russia (2005)
- Co-Chairman – All Russia Civil Congress (2004)
- Founder Kasparov Chess Foundation (2002)
- Board of Directors member – Human Rights Foundation
- Contributing Editor – The Wall Street Journal
- Record Holder – longest time as the Number 1 rated chess player in the world (1986 to 2005)
- Record Holder – eleven times Chess Oscar winner