A <i>Predecessor</i>, a successor, and The Art of Chess

10/22/2003 – What would national Chess Week be without the top player in the world? Garry Kasparov was invited to The Art of Chess exhibition in London as part of Chess Week in England. 12-year-old David Howell, who holds the record as the youngest player ever to beat a GM, was also on hand. Howell is also flying around England in a helicopter putting in appearances to promote chess! More..

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Kasparov launches UK "Chess Week"

A man who creates art on the chessboard took a tour of chessboard art in London. Garry Kasparov and his wife Yulia had Lord Rothschild as a personal tour guide of a fabulous exhibition of chess boards and sets. Below we have photos and an official press release on his visit and Chess Week.


Kasparov, his wife Yulia, and Lord Rothschild at The Art of Chess

On Saturday 18 October Garry Kasparov, arguably the greatest chess player of all time, visited the Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, to see the exhibition The Art of Chess and to show his support for National Chess Week - 20 to 26 October. He was shown around the exhibition by Lord Rothschild, Chairman of the Gilbert Collection Trust, and also met 12 year old British chess champion, David Howell from Eastbourne, who is the youngest player ever to beat a Grandmaster. [Read about Howell's helicopter chess promotion tour here at the BBC.]

National Chess Week aims to encourage children across the UK to get involved with chess by donating £1 to play a game against their school friends and classmates, with all the money raised going to help Barnardo's work with children, young people and their families. National Chess Week is organised by Barnardo's and Chess Academy and sponsored by The British Land Company PLC. (www.nationalchessweek.co.uk)


Kasparov with David Howell. One of his Great Successors? (He's only 12 and from the looks of him he may find basketball more lucrative!) The book Kasparov is holding just won the most prestigious award in chess writing, the British Chess Federation Book of the Year.

Born in Azerbaizhan in 1963, Garry Kasparov began playing chess at the age of 5 and became a Grandmaster in 1980. He first became World Champion in 1985 and has dominated the game of chess ever since, being ranked the world’s No.1 for the past 18 years. Kasparov is active in promoting the use of chess in schools as an educational subject and has set up the Kasparov International Chess Academy.

To celebrate National Chess Week, the Gilbert Collection is pleased to announce that adults who bring a child to visit The Art of Chess exhibition at the Gilbert Collection will be admitted free of charge until 26 October. Admission for children (under 18) to the Gilbert Collection is free all year round.


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