Kasparov Beats Short In Blitz Match
Garry Kasparov beat his old adversary Nigel Short in an 8-game blitz match today in Leuven, Belgium.
It was a very closely fought contest (previewed here), going right down to the last game which Kasparov won to make the final score 4½-3½ in his favour.
The event was streamed live on the Internet via www.exqisport.be and Genna Sosonko, the former Soviet grandmaster and Dutch international, provided live commentary.
The match is part of "Your Next Move’s" 5th anniversary celebrations.
Games were played at a rate of 5 minutes plus a 2 second per move increment. The results:
Despite his absence from the professional chess circuit for many years, Garry Kasparov still seems to be sharp enough to compete with the strongest players in the world. Perhaps one day he will return to competitive chess - we can but hope!
About Your Next Move
Your Next Move is the initiative of three entrepreneurs: Inge Geerdens (CVWarehouse), Jan Callewaert (Option) and Gabriel Fehervari (Alfacam). It’s objective is to support chess as a sport and to create an impetus among young people aged 6 to 12. The aim is not just to ensure that chess is officially included as part of the final primary education qualifications but to also actually promote chess as a sport.
The reasons for this initiative are quite simple. By playing chess young people develop skills that are essential for general development. It encourages them to think and act speedily, strategically and under pressure. Qualities that are very handy in education and during their professional careers. Another aim of the initiators is to thus arouse interest among young people in entrepreneurship.