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Garry Kasparov

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World Champion Chess Expert & Strategist; Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation based in New York

World Champion Chess Expert & Strategist; Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation based in New York

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Garry Kasparov Biography

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the Soviet Union in 1963, Garry Kasparov became the under-18 chess champion of the USSR at the age of 12 and the world under-20 champion at 17. He came to international fame at the age of 22 as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985. He defended his title five times, including a legendary series of matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov.

Kasparov’s famous matches against the IBM super-computer Deep Blue in 1996-97 were key to bringing artificial intelligence, and chess, into the mainstream. They also sparked Kasparov’s passionate interest in the human relationship with our increasingly intelligent machines, a theme he has investigated for decades beginning with the invention of “Advanced Chess” in 1998. His vision for the importance of processes that dynamically combine the best of human and machine intelligence has become influential across the financial and tech sectors.

Kasparov was one of the first prominent Soviets to call for democratic and market reforms and was an early supporter of Boris Yeltsin’s push to break up the Soviet Union. In 1990, he and his family escaped ethnic violence in his native Baku as the USSR collapsed. In 2005, Kasparov, in his 20th year as the world’s top-rated player, retired from professional chess to join the vanguard of the Russian prodemocracy movement. In 2012, Kasparov was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Václav Havel. HRF promotes individual liberty worldwide and organizes the annual Oslo Freedom Forum. Facing imminent arrest during Putin’s crackdown, Kasparov moved from Moscow to New York City in 2013.

In 2017, Kasparov founded the Renew Democracy Initiative, dedicated to promoting the principles of the free world. Bringing together prominent figures on the left and the right, the non-partisan RDI has launched programs to support civics education, integrity in public office, and the vital importance of engaged citizenry. The US-based Kasparov Chess Foundation non-profit promotes the teaching of chess in education systems around the world. Its program already in use in schools across the United States, KCF also has centers in Brussels, Singapore, and Mexico City.

Kasparov’s book "How Life Imitates Chess" on strategy and decision-making is available in over 20 languages. He is the author of two acclaimed series of chess books, My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov’s prescient 2015 book, Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, is a blend of history, memoire, and analysis of the threats to the modern world order.

Kasparov’s latest book is "Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins" (2017). It reveals the full story of his matches against Deep Blue and his optimistic and pragmatic analysis of our future with intelligent machines. He says, The combination of human plus machine is the only way to map the world of uncertainty and achieve our greatest dreams. That’s why I prefer to call AI "augmented intelligence". It’s a tool that makes us smarter, that extends our minds the way a telescope extends our eyes.

Garry Kasparov Speaking Topics

  • Innovation

  • A conversation with Garry Kasparov

  • Titles are selected to fit the theme of the conference or meeting and some recent titles have been

    "Strategy & Tactics"

    "Achieving Your Potential"

    "Strategy & Competition"

    "Logical Thinking"

    "Strategy • the Big Picture"

    "Limit of Endurance"

    "Leaders vs. Managers"

    "Success is in the Mind"

    "How the Computer Changed the Game of Chess Forever"

    "From Man to Machine"

    "Making use of Strategic Thinking in Business & Politics"

    "Strategy for decoding the Complexity of Life"

    "All you have to do is find the courage to make up your mind"

Garry Kasparov Videos

  • Stand with Ukraine in the Fight against Evil | Garry Kasparov | TED
    Ukraine is on the front line of a war between freedom and tyranny, says chess grandmaster and human rights advocate Garry Kasparov. In this...
  • Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess | Official Trailer | MasterClass ...
  • Garry Kasparov's 5 Most Brilliant Chess Moves

Garry Kasparov Books

  • Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
  • Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
    Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
  • Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part II: 1985-1993 (Everyman Chess)
    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part II: 1985-1993 (Everyman Chess)
  • Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1: 1973-1985
    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1: 1973-1985
  • Checkmate Tactics
    Checkmate Tactics
  • How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom
    How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom

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