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I Shook Hands with Garry Kasparov!

  • by erik
  • | Nov 2, 2010

Well, cross it off my list of things to do before I die: I shook hands with the greatest chess player ever - Garry Kasparov!

How? When? Why? 

November 1st at this event: http://blogs.forbes.com/oliverchiang/2010/11/02/garry-kasparov-the-last-revolutionary-technology-was-the-apple-ii/

It was amazing!! I was in awe. He really is brilliant. Awesome speech. 

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  • 8 months ago


    Awesome. I've got Anand's autograph though.

  • 10 months ago


    You should have convined him to sign up for chess.com! That would have been cool. Shaking hands with Kaspy is on my bucket list as well.

  • 11 months ago


    That is just super great :)

  • 19 months ago


    He is an intimidating looking chess juggarnaut to be sure! 

  • 19 months ago


    I could.

  • 4 years ago


    Can you Erik without an iota of doubt look Bobby Fischer in the eyes and call Garry Kasparov the greatest chess player ever?

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  • 5 years ago


    Bcg1 :"Great! Your rating should jump a couple of hundred points by osmosis!" 

    Lol, yeah. 


     you must of felt proud,Erik, a little right? (by osmosis too). I would have Wink

  • 5 years ago


    Your are so lucky.

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  • 5 years ago


    gorgeous !!!!!

    you are lucky Erik  am jealous of you  :D

    am sure that was your most amazing day ever  right ?

  • 5 years ago

    IM Kacparov

    I have seen Garry Kasparov on WYCC, he ate in the same hall. But I didn't dare to come up to him :/

  • 5 years ago


    Meeting GM Kasparov is on my bucket list. I have already met GM Anand.

  • 5 years ago


    No, he is at times very overconfident aside the chessboard. I wonder how he is at net working?

  • 5 years ago


    Wow !!

    but sorry, it is not my dream, my dream is:

    I Shook Hands with the founder of chess.com - ErikCool

  • 5 years ago


    That's pretty cool.  I have met a couple intellectual giants myself, and it's a wonderful feeling.

  • 5 years ago


    Good for you!

  • 5 years ago


    Did you find him charismatic as many of his opponents have?

  • 5 years ago


    That was really great, and it's always exciting to hear what Kasparov has been doing.  I was following him some when he was politcally active in Russia.  Did he switch sides? :)  Why didn't he address the true issue of UsA's unemployment, which is.. our companies have been sent to overseas to keep help other countries economy, and of course because they can gain more profit from being located in other countries!   What percent of merchandise is made in China now??!  

    The problem isn't machines; it's people or governments who want to control others for selfish reasons.  It should be  about fairness, honesty and loving our country's men and wanting to provide jobs HERE. 

    Please, Kasparov, stick with chess. 

  • 5 years ago


    Kasparov was an amazing player, and he's certainly intelligent and charismatic... but he says some really dumb things.  I guess he's not impressed by the Internet?  Mobile phones & computing?  Does anyone seriously feel like we've been at a technological standstill since 1983?  Undecided

    I'm curious about our Fearless Leader, though.  What was the context of your meeting?  Just a brief shake-hands?  Did it happen to come up in conversation that you are the founder and CEO of a chess site with 2.5 million members?  I'm sure he wouldn't exactly have been awed, but you've got a little bit more going in the chess world than the average bear!

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