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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Genius chess grandmaster Kasparov wins 20,000 Lari in Georgia for charity

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Hi everyone,

World's most amazing chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov, who is currently in Georgia, participated in the Georgian TV program “Who Wants 20,000?” (a spin on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”) on the Rustavi-2 channel — and became the first participant of all time who was able to correctly answer all of the presenters’ 15 questions. Kasparov won 20,000 Georgian lari (more than $11,000 US), promising to give the money to charity. Specifically, the money will be used for heart surgery on two children.

Note, Kasparov was able to respond to the last question only with the help of his wife.

“I hope the money will help the children, so you can say my day was not in vain,” he said after the broadcast, while admitting he had been nervous.

The former world chess champion will be in Tbilisi for five days, during which time he plans to give a few lectures to Georgian students and meet with representatives of Georgia’s chess federation.

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