Chess grandmaster, author and human rights activist Garry Kasparov visits the Hilltop Tuesday, March 4 for SMU’s 2013-14 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.
In 1985 at the age of 22, Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion in history. He played IBM’s Deep Blue computer twice in 1996 and 1997 and won the Linares super tournament nine times in 16 years. Kasparov made history when he won 10 major tournament victories in a row in 2002. That same year, he launched the Kasparov Chess Foundation to introduce chess into the education system, which operates in all 50 states and several countries.
Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005 after a record 20 years as the world’s top-ranked player. Following his retirement, he became active in the Russian pro-democracy movement and is the founder and chairman of the United Civil Front, a social movement that is a part of The Other Russia, an opposition coalition in Moscow.
As an author, Kasparov has published more than 20 books, including My Great Predecessors, which follows the history of the 12 world champions who preceded him, How Life Imitates Chess and, most recently, The Blueprint: Reviving Innovation, Rediscovering Risk, and Rescuing the Free Market.
SMU students may attend the evening lecture for free with their University ID if seats become available. Kasparov will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place. To ask Kasparov a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #SMUTate. Student moderator Lauren Lyngstad will ask some of these questions during the event.