Garry Kasparov Promoting Chess in Estonian Schools16 April 2012
Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is visiting Estonia this week to introduce the EU-endorsed Chess in School program, which aims to promote the game among children aged eight to 16.
The long-term goal of the project is to make chess a part of grade school curricula in all 27 EU member states.
During his stay, the 49-year-old chess legend and political activist will meet with Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo and Minister of Culture Rein Lang.
On Wednesday, Kasparov will be holding a tournament for 20 young Estonian players at Tallinn's Nordic Hotel Forum. A speed chess tournament for both professionals and amateurs will take place at the city's Wabaduse cafe on Friday.
The same day, Kasparov, along with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will be taking part in an innovation-themed debate at the Pärnu Finance Conference.
Kasparov became the youngest undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22 and managed to stay at the top of world chess rakings for 20 years.
Estonian Public Broadcasting