In October 2013 Garry Kasparov announced his candidacy for President of FIDE (Fédération Internationale des échecs or World Chess Federation). He plans to unseat 18-year incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, from Kalmykia, in the election that takes place in August 2014 during the Tromsø Chess Olympiad. To this end, the Irish Chess Union is proud to host Garry Kasparov on this historic two-day visit to Dublin from March 28th. Mr. Kasparovs visit shall be focused on meeting delegates from Ireland and neighbouring countries to whom he will give details of his presidential programme as well as listening to issues from their home countries. He will also meet both Irelands chess playing schoolchildren, and Irelands finest and most dedicated chess enthusiasts.
Garry Kasparovs vision: "to elevate the game of chess from grassroots level; to spread the game in education as a cultural touchstone as well as a successful commercial sport."
For a full press release on the visit (in English or Irish) please contact the ICU Public Relations Officer, Úna O Boyle; . Do keep an eye on the ICU website for reports on events surrounding this momentous visit to Ireland from March 28th-30th by the legendary World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov.
Created 2014-03-20 ◦ Last updated 2014-07-23 ◦ Editor KOF