8 July 2013

Uganda: Garry Kasparov Arrives for Visit

CHESS legend and Grand Master Garry Kasparov has arrived in the country to begin his visit to Uganda. Kasparov arrived at Entebbe International Airport this afternoon aboard a private jet.

Kasparov who is now a political activist and is considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, was recieved by Uganda Chess Federation boss Vianney Luggya and other officials.

Kasparov was ranked as number one chess player in the world for a record 20 years. He famously defeated IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer in a series of chess matches in 1996.

Kasparov is received by Uganda Chess Federation boss Vianney Luggya. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

A program issued by Uganda Chess Federation secretary Christopher Turyahabwe, says Kasparov will meet top government officials today before having a press conference at Serena Hotel.

He will also have several meetings with students and UCF officials. He will wind up the day with a dinner at Serena. Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22 after defeating then champion Anatoly Karpov.

He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organization, the Professional Chess Association.

Kasparov makes his way to the VIP Lounge at Entebbe International Airport. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

He continued to hold the "Classical" World Chess Championship until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000.

Kasparov's achievements include being rated world No. 1 according to Elo rating almost continuously from 1986 until his retirement in 2005. He achieved a peak rating of 2851,[4] which was the highest recorded until 2013.

Kasparov was in the company of his wife Daria Kasparova. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo.

He was ranked world's top player for 255 months, nearly three times as long as his closest rival, Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov also holds records for consecutive tournament victories and Chess Oscars.

Kasparov hugs the little girl who presented him with a bouquet of flowers at the VIP Lounge at Entebbe International Airport. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo.

Earlier this year Kasparov met Uganda's youngest candidate master WCM Phiona Mutesi in the US and the two played an exhibition game that has become an inspiration to Ugandans.

Kasparov shares a light moment with Vision Group scribes Mex Ainomugisha and James Bakama. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo.

A game between Kasparov and President Yoweri Museveni could highlight the chess legend's visit.

Museveni is one of the high ranking officials that Kasparov is likely to meet on his 13-hour visit to Uganda.

Kasparov was left baffled by the weather application on his phone that wrongly indicated that it was raining in Entebbe. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo.

"Target persons include His Excellency the President. He will also hold several meetings with top Education and Sports Ministry officials and the chess fraternity," Turyahabwe explained.

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