Cape boy draws in chess match with Kasparov
March 23 2012 at 09:10am
By Natasha Prince

One is a 48-year-old former world champion regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. The other is an 11-year-old schoolboy from Cape Town.

But yesterday nothing could separate Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov and Daniel Barrish of Constantia when they played a match in Khayelitsha.

Daniel was one of 26 players to take on Kasparov during simultaneous chess matches at the OR Tambo Indoor Sports Centre and the youngster emerged with a memorable draw.

Kasparov’s 26 opponents ranged in age from 11 to 39.

Daniel, who ended a three-hour match against the chess champion with a draw, said: “I’m very happy and actually amazed and overwhelmed because (Kasparov) is my role model.”

Daniel is in Grade 6 at SACS.

He was the SA under-10 champion for three consecutive years, won the all-Africa under-10 title in 2009, and was awarded the title of Fide (World Chess Federation) Master.

He said he started playing chess when he was four. By the age of six, he had won his first tournament, he said.

Daniel prepared by watching Kasparov’s games on computer.


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