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Friday, February 22, 2013

Georgia First for Kasparov Chess School Program

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Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has added chess to the curriculum of 100 Georgian schools as part of an initiative during his visit to Tbilisi recently.

In recent years, Kasparov has trained grandmasters Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, but now he hopes to bring the benefits of the ancient game a little closer to home. His new program “Chess in Schools” will teach children of various ages across Georgia in public schools in Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi and Poti a game in which Georgians have long prospered, according to a report in Georgia Today.

Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, also a grandmaster, was also present at the experimental project’s launch.

Azmaiparashvili stated: “Former World Champion Garry Kasparov today held the first session of chess tutorials online in an experimental format. His system is being introduced to 100 schools in Georgia. He personally participated in the preparation of the experimental schools for the onset of the program more than a year ago.”

The computerized online program is designed to enhance a child’s analytical skills and, Kasparov claimed, his or her understanding of the world. Kasparov claimed that Tbilisi is a place which holds “special memories” for him. It was here, in 1976, that he was crowned junior champion of the Soviet Union at the age of 13.

He noted: “It is always a pleasure for me to visit Georgia and this visit has sporting significance. The agreement was signed with the Georgian government last year and I am glad that they are supporting chess. This should make it more popular in the country.”

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