Garry Kasparov, a Soviet/Russian – Croatian sports chess champion aspires to teach millions of African kids the game of chess in the next 5 years.
Kasparov became famous as the greatest chess player of all time. This chess grandmaster is also a political activist and writer. Starting in1986 until his retirement in 2005, he was ranked world No. 1 for 225 out of 228 months. His peak rating of 2851, accomplished in 1999, was the highest ever recorded until being exceeded by Magnus Carlsen in 2013. The Russian sports idol also holds the most number of records for winning a series of the professional tournament and Chess Oscars.
By age 22, Kasparov became the youngest ever undefeated World Chess Champion when he defeated then-champion Anatoly Karpov. During a highly publicized match in 1997, he became the 1st world champion to have been defeated by an IBM supercomputer Deep Blue under standard time controls. He, however, maintained to be the no. 1 rank up until he retired from playing professional chess.
By means of his own Kasparov Chess Foundation, the chess game master aims to establish the said game in school programs from across the globe most especially in the Kingdom of Morocco.
During the first quarter of 2017, he supported his organization’s launching of francophone division, which aims to center on West Africa where he revealed his project plan.
Kasparov is certain that children’s experience of this sport may aid in the development of the students’ capabilities.
He stated that there are thousands of research data collected from the across the globe that reveals how chess can enhance the student’s capabilities to gather, analyze and understand information and also develop their competence on decision making as well as increase their confidence in their individual abilities.
The Kasparov Chess Foundation seeks to find model schools to be able to introduce the program. The organization will provide these education establishments several chess sets as well as chess teachers for them to reach their target of exposing the game to about a million students in 5 years’ time.
The organization will begin first by means of developing its programs in 4 countries – Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Senegal.
The foundation, by means of the “Baba Sy” program which was named after the previous Senegalese draughts champion, aims to hopefully find the nest African Chess Champion.
On the other hand, the organization asserts that their utmost priority is to set up the base of the program throughout the 4 named countries be prior to looking for a wonder kid.
The game of chess may not be the ultimate solution to the world’s education dilemma, but it can be a beneficial tool that is comparably inexpensive for schools to adopt. Certainly, a game set does not cost more than four dollars, a good deal compared to the price of a new pool of soccer field. This project is useful to student and prevents the presumption that only a limited number of countries can bring out chess champions.
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