GARRY KASPAROV

World Chess Legend, Russian Pro-Democracy Leader and Chairman of Human Rights Foundation

In 1985, Garry Kasparov achieved international fame as the youngest world chess champion at the age of 22. Later, in 1997, he was the first world champion to lose a match to a computer with standard time controls, when he lost to Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer. “Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment,” he noted.

After his 20 year record as the world’s top ranked player, he sought a different challenge and became involved with politics, becoming an important voice in the Russian pro-democracy movement, waging a campaign to run for President of Russia against Vladimir Putin. “It didn't take long to recognize the shortcomings of the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world,” Kasparov stated. In 1997, he obtained Bosnian citizenship, and in 2014, he obtained Croatian citizenship. Kasparov now lives in New York City and his travels take him around the world. The author of Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, Kasparov is currently chairman of the Human Rights Foundation and chairs its International Council.

Monday, April 10, 2017  

Arizona Biltmore | Phoenix

Moderator: Ambassador Kurt Volker, McCain Institute

Luncheon & Program | Noon to 1:30 pm

Patrons Circle VIP Reception | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

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