Former World Chess champion and political activist, Garry Kasparov, returned to Uganda on Thursday in a bid to gather support for his FIDE presidential bid.
After his first visit in July 2013, the Kasparov foundation started a mini-chess pilot at the Kagoma Gate Friendship school in eastern Uganda. Kasparov revealed that he rallying global funders to roll out the programme to all schools in the country later this year.
The mini-chess program targets primary one to primary three pupils.
Back to the election, Kasparov, has engaged his toughest – and oddest – opponent yet in the form of a millionaire Buddhist former goat-herder and politician who believes aliens will destroy the planet if people do not play enough chess, a game he says they invented.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has also been president of the World Chess Federation for almost 20 years, surviving attempted coups, accusations of corruption, and ridicule that peaked when he described how he was transported to a distant star in a spaceship that had landed on his balcony.
Now Mr Kasparov, 50, wants Ilyumzhinov’s job. He has support in African with Uganda’s Vianney Luggya being his ally though is yet to go public. Each country, from Russia to Uganda, has a single vote of equal value. “I have resources that can help me to run a global campaign,” Mr Kasparov said.
Mr. Kasparov was born in the Soviet Union and became the youngest undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22.
Full name: Garry Kimovich Kasparov.
Country: Soviet Union Russia.
Born: April 13, 1963 (age 50), Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union.
Title: Grandmaster (1980)
World Champion: 1985–93 (undisputed)
FIDE rating: 2812 (July 2013) (inactive).
Peak rating: 2851 (July 1999, January 2000).
Peak ranking: No. 1 (January 1984)
Grandmaster: Highest title awarded to chess players by the world chess organization FIDE. Once achieved, the title is held for life.
World Champion: The second highest title after a Grandmaster a chess player can attain.
Checkmate: A game position in chess in which a player’s king is threatened with capture and there is no legal move to escape the threat.