Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov at his office in Midtown, Manhattan, on June 13, 2016. Credit: Benjamin Chasteen | Epoch Times

Twelve years after calling it quits from competitive chess, legendary player Garry Kasparov is back.

Arguably the greatest player of all time, Kasparov’s return will see him compete at the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz – a new addition to the Grand Chess tour event – at Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis next month as one of the Wildcards.

“It’s a thrill to officially be returning to the game, and certainly not something I would have anticipated more than a decade ago after my retirement,” Kasparov, a writer and a political activist said as quoted by Chess.com.

“Coming back to the board in St. Louis is truly an honor- I wouldn’t want to commemorate this moment anywhere else,” he added.

The Grandmaster made his Olympiad debut in 1980 as a second reserve for the Soviet Union at Valletta, Malta. In 1985, Kasparov became the youngest ever world champion aged 22 when he beat Anatoly Karpov 13-11 in the World Championship Match in Moscow, Russia. He held the Championship until 2000 when he lost to his student Vladimir Kramnik

He was ranked No.1 in the world from 1985 till his retirement, and his peak rating of 2851 achieved in 1999, was the highest recorded until being surpassed by the current world No.1 Magnus Carlsen in 2013.

On 10 March 2005, the Grandmaster announced his decision to retire, citing lack of personal goals in the chess world and frustration at the failure to reunify the World Championship as reasons for his retirement.

He has been actively involved in Russian politics and is a renowned critic of the Vladimir Putin administration.

Kasparov’s visits to Uganda.

Kasparov’s first visit to Uganda came in 2013 on his African tour. It was part of the Kasparov Chess Foundation’s drive to introduce chess into the education system around the world. The visit bore the mini-chess pilot at the Kagoma Gate Friendship School in eastern Uganda.

His second visit came a year later and this was politically motivated. On 7 October 2013, Kasparov announced he’d vie for the World Chess Federation [FIDE] presidency making his return to the country inevitable.

He returned to Uganda in a bid to gather support for his candidacy. On this particular visit, Kasparov met chess players who were then competing for slots in the national team for the 2014 Olympiads at the last Phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel, Rubuga. He helped analyze games much to the benefit of those present.

Marion Malinga

Staff Writer for Kawowo Sports

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