ASA: Armenian Students Association

Chess champion to speak at St. Vartan Cathedral

Chess champion to speak at St. Vartan Cathedral

World chess champion Garry Kasparov will speak at St. Vartan Cathedral from 
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2003.
The afternoon will feature a lecture by Kasparov and a question and answer 
session. He will also be signing copies of his newest book, "Kasparov 
Against the World," his own day-to-day account of the most high-profile 
chess game in history, the 1999 match when Kasparov challenged the Microsoft 
Zone computer.

The events will be in the cathedral's Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium, 
630 Second Ave. at 34th St. in New York city. Tickets are $10, which also 
includes a $10 discount in the cost of his book (normally $25).

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, to a Jewish father and Armenian mother, Kasparov 
-- who in 1985 became the youngest chess champion in history at the age of 
22 -- took the Russian-version of his mother's maiden name, Kasparian, after 
his father died, when Kasparov was only 7 years old.

By the time of the pogroms in 1990, Kasparov was already a world-renowned 
chess champion. But he did all he could to save as many Armenian families 
from the violence rocking his hometown, Baku.

"In my mind, the city has disappeared because I grew up in a city where 
people lived together and had the same interests and knew each other," he 
said during his first visit to St. Vartan Cathedral in March 2003. "But now 
that city has changed."

Organizers of the event say the Armenian community will turn out to see 

"Armenians will take great pleasure from seeing him and meeting him and 
finding out about him," said Setrak Agonian, who helped organize Kasparov's 
recent match against a computer in New York City and who brought Kasparov to 
the Cathedral for the impromptu visit. "People should know that he is very 
much Armenian."