Thursday, March 23, 2006

Champion is out to move girls into chess

BY MIKE THOMAS Staff Reporter

The game of chess is more than just a game, they say. It's life, and life-improving. It's critical thinking, socialization, focus, sportsmanship, discipline and grace under pressure.
It's also mostly male -- which is why millionaire chess superstar Garry Kasparov, the Michael Jordan of his realm, was in town last week to promote chess for girls. If they're hooked young, goes the reasoning, at least some of them will be hooked for good.
"I think there will be more and more women playing competitively," the retired world champion (who stopped playing competitively in 2005) says at the third annual All-Girls Open National Championships, a chess event co-sponsored by his two-year-old Kasparov Chess Foundation. "But there's still a gap. And this gap will not disappear overnight."

Friday, March 03, 2006

Nigeria To Host World Chess In August

Nigeria is to host the 9th edition of the World University International Chess Championship slated for August 27- September 3 at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.
Leaders of the Federation of International University Sports who visited Lagos during the week gave the assurance after a fact finding mission to the country.
Leader of the group, Professor Walter Decleir, said he was impressed that for the first time, an African country had accepted to host the championship at a very short notice.
He hoped more African countries would emulate Nigeria adding that the country was conducive to host it in spite of the wrong notion they gave them about the country in the international community.
"We were made to believe that the political situation was not conducive to host the championship, but this was not so," he explained.