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Kasparov pledges more support for African chess

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Millions of chess players were glued to their laptops and smart phones yesterday to watch the return of Garry Kasparov to the chess board.

Garry Kasparov during his visit to Nairobi in July 2013.

Garry has come out of his retirement to play in the St Louis Rapid & Blitz event which runs from 13th to 19th August 2017 at the St Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Centre.  The event has some of the top players in the world including  Leinier Dominguez, Le Quang Liem, David Navara, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Vishwanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana for 9 rounds of rapid and 18 rounds of blitz.

Prize fund.

In the pre-event tournament interview Garry pledged that whatever he wins will go to support chess in Africa which will continue the good work his foundation Kasparov Chess Foundation is doing on the continent.

Garry’s first game was against Sergey Karjakin which ended up in a fighting draw.

Anti Putin supporter Garry Kasparov takes on Pro Putin supporter Sergey Karjakin in round 1.

The game of the day had to be Levon Aronian brilliant game against David Navara.  A Knight sacrifice followed by an exchange sacrifice.  No wonder Levon Aronian is a hero in his home country Armenia!

GM Levon Aronian being interviewed after this scintillating win.

The other highlight of the day was the painful loss by Fabiano Caruna who was in a winning position against Le Quang Liem.

I leave you with a fine photo from the 2012 Chess Olympiad with the hero of the day GM Levon Aronian.

Mehul Gohil with his hero GM Levon Aronian at the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.