Vivendi and Garry Kasparov team up

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4/17/2021 – Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and global media company Vivendi announced today the launch of Kasparovchess.com, a new multimedia content platform for chess lovers of all skill levels, built to offer features for all players, whether they are enthusiasts or beginners. It includs thousands of chess puzzles, online matches, in-depth tutorials, articles, documentaries, and even an exclusive masterclass with Kasparov himself. Press release.

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Vivendi and chess legend Garry Kasparov team up to launch online platform

KASPAROVCHESS.COM

Interactive Chess Community and Content Platform Features Online Chess Lessons, Matches, Documentaries, and an Upcoming Exclusive Masterclass with Garry Kasparov

PARIS – (April 15, 2021) – Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and global media company Vivendi announced today the launch of Kasparovchess.com. The site is a new multimedia content platform for chess lovers of all skill levels launched by Vivendi, through its subsidiary Keysquare. Built to offer features for all players, whether they are enthusiasts or beginners, including thousands of chess puzzles, online matches, in-depth tutorials, articles, documentaries, and even an exclusive masterclass with Kasparov himself.

The platform was built as a way for chess lovers and beginners to get immersed in the world of chess and create their own chess legacy by experiencing chess life through the lens of one of the greatest players of all time. It provides the building blocks for casual players to become more confident while also providing top tier content for the most dedicated pros looking to perfect their game.

“Chess is entering a renaissance in pop culture and is becoming a fabric of the mainstream,” said Louis Germain, CEO Keysquare. “Our goal is to present Garry Kasparov’s legacy in a way that can inspire others and equip them with the tools they need to build their own legacy.”

Kasparovchess offers a wealth of free content and a subscription-based platform that provides a wide breadth of content to the community of chess beginners and pros for a modest monthly fee. Subscription features include articles, documentaries, online matches against masters, lessons, puzzles, and an in-depth post game analysis tool. There are also many free features, including an exclusive podcast series by Garry Kasparov that includes a deep dive on The Queen’s Gambit, for which Kasparov consulted, and many anecdotes from Kasparov’s own career highlights. Premium features such as the soon-to-be-released Kasparov masterclass will also be available for purchase as stand-alone content.

“We are showing the world that there is so much more to chess than strategy and tactics,” said Garry Kasparov. “It is a way of life and a way of looking at the world. I hope to bring all people into this experience, even if they’ve never played before, because chess can help them become everything that they want to be.”

The platform is now open for early subscribers at Kasparovchess.com and will launch for the rest of the public at the end of April, 2021.

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Kasparovchess is a world-class chess community and platform for beginners, enthusiasts and experts alike that offers exclusive access to chess lessons, matches, articles, in-depth videos and documentaries as well as an invaluable masterclass with the 13th World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. The platform is designed to make chess accessible and life-changing in a way that only Garry Kasparov can—by giving audiences unparalleled access to the world of chess. Go to Kasparovchess.com to participate.


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adbennet adbennet 4/20/2021 04:41
I remember kasparovchess.com. So? Another day, another game. There is only a tendency but not a certainty to repeat the blunders of the past.

More chess is better, so I welcome this (similar to the sentiment there's no such thing as bad news). "Kasparov" is still a recognizable brand. I predict this venture will have some modest success, outlast the wave from "The Queen's Gambit", and then like all chess schemes will eventually wither away. The fact remains that chess is difficult to do well and very few will expend that effort for not much return.

@Minnesota Fats - chessable.com is far from defunct, what did you mean to say?
Leavenfish Leavenfish 4/18/2021 03:35
Sadly, Kaspy has a bad business reputation. Too many have been burned. This will close up shop within 2 yrs. Mark my words.
Burgershirt Burgershirt 4/17/2021 11:38
Carlsen is quite good at working with others. Note how many things Mr. Kasparov has done in his life that imploded due to his relationships with others - the PCA and the original kasparovchess, for example. I don't think other platforms need to fear this one because they are not the latest contest of will with a single (yes, amazing, but still a) man. Kasparov seems to begin with good intentions, but each time has accidentally just set up another chess board on which to "win." A chess game always ends; a market or a platform wants to live much longer.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 4/17/2021 08:29
Is this a check mate to Carlsen's own platform, Carlsen bought the now defunct website Chessable and is creating his own tournaments nowadays, benefiting at least something from it, i guess?

or is Kasparov just a level above this, my guess is that economics, business, is what both super Gm's have in common nowadays, as Kasparov stopped moving the chess pieces professionally?
Jarman Jarman 4/17/2021 06:42
The oldest online chess fans among us will remember that this won't be the first iteration of kasparovchess.com. See for example https://en.chessbase.com/post/they-wanted-perpetual-use-of-his-name-and-likene (which in my humble opinion should have been included as an end note for this press release).
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