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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:

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

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  • 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!

  • 5 years ago


    Holy words he said, an handshake from me too

  • 5 years ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    When I met him he talked all about his brilliancy over Topalov, the rook sac game. Unfortunately later on in the evening he was on a panel with the Stanford Men's Football coach, Tyrone Willingham, and proceeded to argue that chess is a sport.

    Tyrone was gracious in a sense, and didn't offer his own opinion, but I remember thinking it was a little cheeky of Kasparov.

    Did you get him to sign up for

  • 5 years ago



    Garry Kasparov shook hands with Erik

  • 5 years ago


    Great, that is a once in a lifetime thing.  You lucky Bugger......

  • 5 years ago


    lucky you.

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