Garry Kasparov To Appear at SuperNationals!
Contact: Jerry Nash
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(CROSSVILLE, TN) Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess legend of our time and to many, the greatest player ever, will appear at the 2009 SuperNationals in Nashville, April 3-5. The appearance is in conjunction with the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the United States Chess Federation. Kasparov said, "SuperNationals is the apex of scholastic chess competitions in the United States and I'm excited to have an opportunity to give encouragement to the thousands of kids participating."

The former World Champion  was ranked #1 in the world for 20 years straight. Kasparov is now the chairman of the board of Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), a non profit that promotes chess in education in the U.S. "The Kasparov Chess Foundation is the preeminent non-profit organization promoting scholastic chess. I believe that our continuous cooperation with the USCF through scholastic events and our in-school chess education program will reach as many students as possible." Kasparov is a Wall Street Journal columnist, where he writes about chess and political activities associated with the opposition coalition of which he is a leader, "The Other Russia." Kasparov is also the author of numerous books including the acclaimed series, My Great Predecessors.

Kasparov will appear at the SuperNationals opening ceremony and will participate in other events throughout the weekend, which will be outlined later.  

Every four years, the three major National Scholastics Elementary, Junior High and High School Championships are combined into one premiere event for the SuperNationals. Four years ago, the SuperNationals, also held in Nashville, was the largest tournament in history, with 5320 participants. Bill Hall, the executive director of the United States Chess Federation, thinks that Kasparov's appearance may result in a new record. "I am beyond excited that Kasparov, a living chess legend and one of the most inspiring figures of our times, will be at the SuperNationals."

More details on the event, including information on the host hotel, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and registration can be found on Other special guests at the event include Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, and reigning U.S. Champions, GM Yury Shulman and IM Anna Zatonskih. Find out more about the Kasparov Chess Foundation on their website, or contact Richard Krueger at [email protected].