13th World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov Joins MasterClass

SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 8, 2017 – Premier online education platform MasterClass announced today that acclaimed chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov will offer his first ever online chess class. Pre-enrollment for Garry Kasparov’s class begins today at www.masterclass.com/gk. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, Kasparov is a chess Grandmaster, 15-year World Champion, writer, and political activist. From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, he was ranked No. 1 in the world for 225 out of 228 months. In 1985, he became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion at age 22. His legendary matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue put chess and artificial intelligence on front pages around the world. Kasparov maintained his No. 1 world ranking until his retirement from professional chess. In his first ever online class, Kasparov reveals the strategic thinking and tactics that made him the world chess champion. He shares his legendary understanding that informs every move — from openings through middlegames and endgames — as well as some remarkable ideas that Kasparov prepared during his career but has never revealed until now. Students will also learn to improve their training methods and analyze their own games to ultimately play better and bolder chess. In addition, Kasparov will share his philosophical approach to key chess topics including analysis, preparation, the use of computers, mental toughness, and broader concepts of chess strategy. “This MasterClass was a unique opportunity for me to share my lifetime of knowledge and passion for the game of chess with the highest possible quality. There is plenty of concrete instruction in every phase of the game, plus general training advice to help people reach their potential. Most critically, I hope to inspire students to love the game as much as I do. Well, almost as much as I do!” said Garry Kasparov, MasterClass instructor. “I took chess lessons until I was 18 and Garry was my hero. His matches and approach changed how I thought about the game. The class will not only make you a better player, but a better decision maker,” said CEO and Co-Founder David Rogier of MasterClass. MasterClass provides online classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available online for individual purchase at www.masterclass.com.

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