Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Garry Kasparov back on chess track.

I read an article in chessbase and found about latest news of Gary Kasparov.
Here the article i read:

Garry Kasparov: he's back and he's – teaching!
24.06.2008 – What brings a dozen young and talented chess kids to a skyscraper somewhere in the middle of Manhattan in New York City, on a pre-summer weekend in June? Why would those same kids completely take over the richly decorated, large conference room on a top floor, belonging to a successful financial company? To learn chess from the greatest, that's why. Report by Aviv Friedman.

Kasparov’s Master Class

Report from New York by Aviv Friedman

No, this is no hostile takeover, nor a childhood prank. They were all invitees to a prestigious opportunity to have a class with none other than former world champ and (still) top ranked on the Elo list Garry Kasparov. In a tradition that entered its fourth year, the Kasparov Chess Foundation and its president Michael Khodarkovsky organized this unique opportunity for American leading juniors to meet with and learn from the champ. The format for the session was reminiscent of the Botvinnik school, where the students sit with the Grandmaster to see games, share ideas, and brainstorm over chess. Here each student brought four of his or her games, and Kasparov went over them in front of the whole class. The master computer was projected onto the main large screen up front, and there were smaller monitors for the kids to see from close. There were two full days – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for lunch. And there was plenty of material to benefit from.The atmosphere was one of the keys to the success of the program. I can think of many journalists, top players and other chess personas who would be jaw dropped and rubbing their eyes, had they seen it for themselves! Everyone is so used to seeing Garry under close scrutiny and pressure in a demanding match against a human or a machine, or in one of the world’s top chess events. And here? Dressed in casual attire, and most relaxed, sitting and exchanging information at eye-level with the youngsters. His teaching style is enviable: he combines his vast knowledge and unmatched understanding and experience (and memory!) with a healthy sense of humor, and zero ego. And let's make no mistake: it is not every day that one gets to spend such quality time with a legend of one’s hobby – even less so up close and personal, like this class has been. For full article can click here