Friday April 25 2014

Kasparov assists Uganda’s schools chess programme

By Jacinta Odongo

Former world champion Gary Kasparov has fulfilled his pledge of supporting Ugandan chess by donating 70 boards. The Russian chess grandmaster made the pledge when he visited Uganda in July last year. The donation, made under the Gary Kasparov Chess Foundation, will go to the Chess in School Programme.
“The equipment arrived last week but is still at Entebbe Airport,” Chris Turyahabwe, the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) general secretary, said. “After tax clearance, we’ll take the equipment to Kagoma Gateway School, a school for the less-privileged,” he added.

“He also promised to get us a sponsor through his business associates but that has not materialized and that is why we have invited him [to Uganda] again.”

The chess legend returns next week. He will watch the national qualifiers as UCF selects a men’s team for the World Olympiad due August in Norway.