Former world chess champion Gary Kasparov states that having classes with chess at an early age radically improves the skills of the kids such as learning, processing of information as well as making decisions.

“Chess is a tool, not a recipe for all education problems, but it’s a very inexpensive and a very effective tool,” the 53-year-old champion of the game said.

“We have plenty of data collected from around the world that proves beyond any doubt that classes with chess, especially at an early age – six to nine – dramatically improve the skills of the kids, to learn how to process information and make decisions,” said Kasparov.

Kasparov wants to bring the game to a million children in Africa as an educational tool to sharpen their learning skills and build confidence. He also reiterated that it is prudent to fight the predisposition that it is only particular countries that can produce chess champions.

Through his foundation, the Kasparov’s Foundation, pilot schools will be selected across Africa to be provided with learning kits as well as training of teachers in chess. The aim of this will be reach a million children in the next five years.

Kasparov foundation has already introduced chess in school programmes around the world. Kasparov notes that he has found that there is passion for success in developing countries. “They are willing to work harder.” Kasparov, who became the youngest world chess champion in 1985 at age 22, retired from the game in 2005.

This comes after Disney cast a spotlight on ten-year-old Ugandan chess queen, Phiona Mutesi in the movie Queen of Katwe. The movie showed the real possibilities that the game of chess could provide to young African children.

Kenya boasts of great chess talent. In April 2017 the country won the inaugural Africa Zone 4.2 under 16 Youth Team Chess Championship.

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Sep 22, 2017

Tbilisi World Cup Semifinal 2: Ding Liren got revenge

Ding Liren got revenge for the first game of the World Cup semifinal by torturing Wesley So with the white pieces until a draw was finally reached with only bare kings left on the board on move 58. That means they play tiebreaks on Thursday for a place both in the final and in the 2018 Candidates Tournament. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are in the same boat, though they’ll barely be warmed up after playing out an even quicker draw than the day before. In fact Levon didn’t need more than 9 seconds for any of his 18 moves, despite playing with the black pieces.

Up to this point Wesley has needed tiebreaks twice, beating Matthias Bluebaum in the 10-minute games in Round 2 and Baadur Jobava in the 25-minute games in Round 4. Ding Liren also needed tiebreaks only twice, and got the job done fast both times, beating Martyn Kravtsiv and Vidit in rapid games. Neither of them have yet lost a game in Tbilisi.

Needless to say, the tiebreaks will be unmissable, since by the end of them we’ll know not only the finalists for the 2017 World Cup but two of the players in the 2018 Candidates Tournament.

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  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.2: Revenge of the favourites
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1 Tiebreaks: Stars show no mercy
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.1: Anand brilliancy backfires
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.2: Anand and Karjakin out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2: Tiebreak highlights
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.1: Carlsen loses | Kovalyov quits
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.2: Carlsen, Kramnik and Naka out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3 Tiebreaks: Fabiano crashes out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4.1: Ivanchuk and Fedoseev strike
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4.2: Chucky & Lev meet in QF
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4 Tiebreaks: MVL KOs Grischuk
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF 1: Ivanchuk meltdown
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF 2: So, Ding & Aronian in semis
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF Tiebreaks: MVL ousts Svidler
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Feb 28, 2017

Grischuk wins Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix

Without taking anything away from his last-minute wresting of the gold from the two previous leaders, Alexander Grischuk’s win of the FIDE Grand Prix in Sharjah was a bit of a disappointment, not for the result, much less the player, but because of the extremely modest 5.5/9 score required to do so. In many ways, it reflected the very sedate event and its astonishingly high draw rate.

2017 Sharjah GP Participants

The time control in the GP tournaments is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

The first leg, in Sharjah, will be held February 18 – 27 (with a rest day on the 23rd) at the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club. The first prize is €20,000; the total prize fund is is €130,000.

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Mar 07, 2022

Belgrade Grand Prix Round 4

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won a spectacular game in the Najdorf Sicilian to end a run of 7 draws in Pool D of the Belgrade FIDE Grand Prix and take the sole lead. There were missed chances for Yu Yangyi against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and for Sam Shankland against Etienne Bacrot, as all the remaining Round 4 games ended in draws, ensuring a tense battle ahead in the final two rounds of the group stages.

Tune in on Sunday for the penultimate round of the group stages of the Belgrade FIDE Grand Prix action from 09:00 ET | 15:00 CET | 19:30 IST on Sunday.

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