Garry Kasparov has been the highest rated chess player in the world for over twenty years and is widely considered the greatest chess player that ever lived.
From the age of 12 Garry Kasparov was setting new standards. After becoming the youngest player to win the USSR Junior Chess Championship he went on to win the World Junior Championship at age 16. On his seventeenth birthday he achieved Grandmaster status. His most notable achievement was the title of World Champion at age 22, youngest ever, after beating the reigning champion Anatoly Karpov.
He is the founder and inspiration behind the Kasparov Chess Foundation, whose mission is to introduce chess into the educational system worldwide. He is a regular contributor to the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, and his best-selling series of books "My Great Predecessors" have sold over 100.000 hardcover copies in several languages - a world record for chess books.
Kasparov remains today the highest-rated player in the history of chess and the only icon in a game of over 100 million players. As a master of strategy, he applies the insights and unique perspective from his extraordinary chess career to the issues of leadership, logical thinking, strategy and success to business and politics. Known as an extremely intuitive chess player, he emphasizes the intuition's role in achieving one's full potential.
His global reach is fed by a steady stream of keynote speaking engagements around the world. His speech topics vary from country to country, but he is never far from what he knows best - strategy and logical thinking. Kasparov takes his listeners into the world of calculus, deep thought, the analytical mind, and what constitutes intelligence without reducing the answer to plain black and white.