Inspiring the Young
By Lubomir Kavalek
Special to The Washington Post

Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess legends, turned 46 today. Recently, he reflected on his past and on the game he loves: “For most of my life, my life was chess. That will not be the case for most in this room, ” he told the students participating in this year’s Super Nationals. “What is important is to take chess, and what chess teaches you, everywhere for the rest of your life. The enjoyment, the concentration, the work ethic, the pride, the friendship – all are more important than rating points or the ability to find a mate in four. But for a few, chess is like a native language, as beautiful as any music, as any work of art. And maybe it will become as special to you as it was, and is, to me.”


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