Kasparov and NFT

by ChessBase
1/19/2022 – "It was special for me to present my journey with 1Kind [Crypto portal] in a series of NFTs that traced my life from childhood through my ever-busy ‘retirement,’" writes Garry Kasparov. "The project was all the more meaningful for me because 10% of the proceeds will go toward setting up a scholarship fund at the Kasparov Chess Foundation, dedicated to my late mother Klara, that will support all the great talents raised by single mothers like her." Read his interview in CoinDesk.

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CoinDesk is one of the most influential, trusted media platform for a global community engaged in the transformation of the financial system and the emerging crypto economy. CoinDesk is an integrated platform for news, events, data and research for the next generation of investing and the future of money. They interviewed Garry Kasparov on his foray into the NFT world. In the introduction Jeff Wilser writes:

It will delight many in the blockchain industry to learn that Kasparov, easily one of the smartest people alive, is now a champion of cryptocurrency. And it’s partly because of math. Kasparov has spent his “retirement” opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin (a defiance that once got him tossed in jail), fighting for humanitarian causes and serving as chairman of the Human Rights Foundation (a nonprofit that strongly supports bitcoin as a freedom-giving tool). Now he views crypto as a way to check government power. Bitcoin offers protection against rampant government spending, says Kasparov, “because you’re protected by math” – by the logic of the code itself.

Kasparov also sees merit in non-fungible tokens. In December, in partnership with 1Kind, he dropped a series of 32 NFTs that showcase iconic moments from his life: the 1985 match that crowned him as the youngest world chess champion, the epic battle against International Business Machines’ artificial intelligence-powered “Deep Blue” and speeches against totalitarian governments.

It’s this battle against totalitarianism that has defined the current chapter of his life, and Kasparov sees crypto as part of that struggle. Or as the grandmaster puts it, “I believe that supporting crypto is an important part of my contribution to the future of humanity.”

Kasparov also sees merit in non-fungible tokens. In December, in partnership with 1Kind, he dropped a series of 32 NFTs that showcase iconic moments from his life: the 1985 match that crowned him as the youngest world chess champion, the epic battle against International Business Machines’ artificial intelligence-powered “Deep Blue” and speeches against totalitarian governments.

The top four NTFs sold for $14,342, $14,342, $11,439 and $11,439

It’s this battle against totalitarianism that has defined the current chapter of his life, and Kasparov sees crypto as part of that struggle. Or as the grandmaster puts it, “I believe that supporting crypto is an important part of my contribution to the future of humanity.”

Read the full CoinDesk interview with Garry Kasparov here.

 

I was first introduced to cryptocurrencies through my work at the Human Rights Foundation. At HRF, we support dissidents from all around the world, which means we often have to find innovative ways to get them material aid. But what currency can a dissident in Venezuela use? A few experts in our network advocated for crypto early on, and the more I learned, the more interested I became.

As our world becomes more digital, crypto and Web 3.0 are inevitable parts of our progress. That’s why I took up the opportunity to get involved with 1Kind, and to tell my story through one of the emerging media of the future. Blockchain technologies are a tool; like any other tool, humans can use them for good or bad, but they are becoming an inseparable part of the flow of progress.

In Cointelegraph Garry writes:

"My NFT venture with 1Kind reflects my lifelong desire to take on new challenges and work with exciting new technologies," says Kasparov. "From artificial intelligence to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain, I've always believed that innovation is the only way forward. We've worked together closely from the start to create not just unique items, but a completely new way of using NFTs to tell a story, one with real history behind it. "

One of the interesting things about Kasparov is his interest in human-machine interfaces. Kasparov is perhaps the most famous chess player of all time, the youngest to win the world championship as well as the longest-reigning world chess champion of all time.

But, in fact, his matches against supercomputers bought him his worldwide fame. Kasparov has repeatedly won state-of-the-art chess computers, but his loss, in 1997, to IBM's Deep Blue computer marked the watershed and symbolized the fact that artificial intelligence manages to match and even achieve human intelligence. On the symbolic level, it was precisely this loss that linked Kasparov's fate to the development of the digital age."


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