About Garry Kasparov
Garry Kasparov became the world under-21 chess champion at 16. He came to international fame as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 at the age of 22. He defended his title five times, including a legendary series of matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov.
In 2005 Garry retired from competitive chess after 21 years as the number one ranked player in the world to devote his time to politics and writing. In 2013, he was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Vaclav Havel.
Innovation and technology have become centrepiece themes in Kasparov’s lectures and writings. Kasparov is a pioneering figure in computer chess, most famously for his two matches against the IBM super-computer Deep Blue in 1996 and 1997. Since 2007, he has researched and collaborated with many high-tech luminaries and companies on human-machine cooperation, the economic consequences of tech stagnation, and the future of intelligent machines.
Mr. Kasparov has been a contributing editor to The Wall Street Journal since 1991 and is a frequent commentator on politics and human rights. He speaks frequently to business audiences around the world on innovation, strategy, and peak mental performance. Kasparov’s latest book ‘Winter is Coming’, was launched in Autumn 2015. Kasparov’s 2007 book “How Life Imitates Chess” on decision-making is available in over 20 languages.