CT kid draws with Kasparov
Cape Town - An 11-year-old schoolboy from Constantia in Cape Town has endured a three-hour chess match against the man widely known as the greatest chess player ever.
But on Thursday nothing could separate Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov and Daniel Barrish of Constantia when they played a match in Khayelitsha. The match ended in a draw, and was part of the Cape Town launch of the Kasparov Chess Foundation in Africa.
According to Friday's Cape Times, Daniel was one of 26 players to take on Kasparov during simultaneous chess matches at the OR Tambo Indoor Sports Centre.
Kasparov’s 26 opponents ranged in age from 11 to 39.
Kasparov is in town to launch the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa and will meet President Jacob Zuma on Friday at his official residence in Pretoria.
Daniel, who is in Grade 6 at SACS, said “I’m very happy and actually amazed and overwhelmed because (Kasparov) is my role model.”
Daniel was the SA Under-10 champion for three consecutive years, won the all-Africa Under-10 title in 2009, and was awarded the title of Fide (World Chess Federation) Master.
He said he started playing chess when he was four. By the age of six, he had won his first tournament.
Daniel prepared for the match by watching Kasparov’s games on his computer.