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Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov (Гарри Кимович Каспаров) was born Garry Kimovich Weinstein (Гарри Кимович Вайнштейн) on April 13, 1963, in Baku, Azerbaijan, to an Armenian mother and a Jewish father. Kasparov's father died when he was seven, and he adopted a Russified version of his mother's maiden name, Kasparyan, at age 12.

1980: Won the World Junior Chess Championship

1984-1990: Member of the Communist Party and, from 1987, the Central Committee of the Komsomol youth organization

1984: Youngest ever No. 1 ranked chess player

1985: Youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion. Kasparov held the title until 1993, when he broke from FIDE to form his own organization, the Professional Chess Association, a move he later regretted.

1997: First world chess master to lose to a computer, IBM's Deep Blue

2005: Retired from professional chess with the highest all-time Elo rating (Elo is a rating system used in chess and other two-player games) after being rated world No. 1 almost continuously since 1986

2005: Founded the United Civil Front with the goal of "preserving electoral democracy in Russia." He became a prominent critic of Vladimir Putin.

2007-present: Helped organize Dissenters' Marches and later Strategy 31 demonstrations

2008-present: Founding member of the pro-democracy Solidarity Movement

2008: Withdrew from presidential run

Kasparov was a leader of the defunct Other Russia Coalition (not to be confused the unregistered Other Russia party led by Eduard Limonov) in the late 2000s.

Although Kasparov is one of the faces of the liberal opposition, he is largely unknown or ignored as a political figure in Russia.

Ukrainian Chess Champion Joins Team Russia

Ukrainian chess player Kateryna Lagno has left her national team in favor of Russia's, the Russian Chess Federation announced on Saturday.

Duma Passes Law Tightening Control Over Internet Data Storage

Russia's parliament has passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country.

Russia's Media Watchdog Asks Twitter to Block A Dozen Extremist Accounts

Russia's media watchdog has asked Twitter to block access to a dozen accounts it deems to be "extremist," the agency's head said, as Moscow seeks greater control over Internet sites based beyond its borders.

Garry Kasparov Aims for Top Chess Job

Garry Kasparov, a Russian who became the youngest world chess champion in 1985 at age 22 but quit the profession two decades later, wants to return as the head of the governing body of chess, challenging its longtime president in a campaign that already has both camps in attack mode.

High Casualties in Kremlin's Information War

Russia's independent media is being punished for providing an alternative to state-controlled news on Ukraine, writes columnist Victor Davidoff.

Crimea Annexation Spurs Some Russians to Emigrate

National polls appear to show widespread support among Russians for the government's seizure and annexation of the Crimean peninsula last month. But not everyone in the country views the move as positive — and some see it as the last straw.

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