Sports Speaker Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov

World chess champion, expert in artificial intelligence and strategy

Few of us have made more of our talents and circumstances than Garry Kasparov. A chess prodigy turned record-setting champion, Kasparov is also a symbol of man vs artificial intelligence. Born into a troubled Soviet Union, he advocates passionately for democratic values around the world. Garry Kasparov is also a sought-after speaker on AI and business strategy.

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    Garry Kasparov biography

    Chess grandmaster, AI expert, and political activist, keynote speaker Garry Kasparov is a Renaissance man for our times. As a master of the world’s most challenging game, a scholar, an activist, and a rousing speaker, Garry Kasparov lends a unique blend of experience and insight to the global conversation.

    Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Garry Kasparov became world under-20 chess champion at age 17. In 1985, at just 22, he became the youngest world chess champion in history. Kasparov’s legendary battles with Anatoly Karpov were among his five title defenses. Along the way, he also broke Bobby Fischer’s rating record, establishing a mark that would stand for 23 years.

    He may be best known for his matches against IBM’s supercomputer Deep blue in the late ‘90s. Those games were instrumental in bringing both chess and AI into mainstream consciousness. They also inspired Kasparov to study machine-human interaction in depth. He is now a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford-Martin School, an advisor to the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, and a Security Ambassador for Avast Software.

    Moreover, his work with Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute resulted in Deep Thinking, Kasparov’s bestselling 2017 book. In it, Kasparov blends science and philosophy to chart a bold vision for the relationship between humans and machines.

    As the Soviet Union began to crumble, Kasparov became increasingly active in politics, promoting democratic reforms and supporting Boris Yeltsin. Still based in Moscow, Kasparov succeeded Vaclav Havel as chairman of the Human Rights Foundation. Under threat of arrest, Kasparov moved to New York city in 2013. There, he founded the Democracy Renewal Project in 2016, which defends liberal democracy against a global tide of nationalism.

    Garry Kasparov Speaking Videos

    Garry Kasparov at TED: Don't Fear Intelligent Machines
    Garry Kasparov – Deep thinking

    Garry Kasparov Keynote Topics

    In this talk, Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov delves into the distinction between strategy and tactics. Drawing parallels from the chessboard to real-world scenarios, Kasparov underscores the importance of both vision and execution. With insights drawn from his famous quote, "A tactician knows what to do when there is something to do; a strategist knows what to do when there is nothing to do," attendees will gain a fresh perspective on problem-solving and decision-making.

    As the Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, Garry Kasparov brings a unique blend of chess prowess and political activism to the table. In this keynote, he will decode the strategies from the chess world that can be seamlessly applied to business and politics. Delving into emotional intelligence and foresight, Kasparov provides a masterclass on maneuvering through challenging terrains to maximize success.

    Join Garry Kasparov, one of the youngest World Chess Champions in history, as he elucidates the nuanced differences between leading and managing. Grounded in his insightful quote, "Leaders have self-confidence; Managers have self-doubt. Both together trump everything with adaptability," Kasparov encourages a reevaluation of organizational roles, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between leaders and managers.

    Reflect on the pivotal moment when Garry Kasparov, the chess maestro, faced off against IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue. In this talk, Kasparov shares his firsthand experience and insights into the advancements, benefits, and limitations of Artificial Intelligence. As an early pioneer in interfacing with AI, he offers a distinctive view on harnessing its burgeoning potential.

    Bestselling author Garry Kasparov unveils the strategic thought processes that empower individuals both on and off the chessboard. Drawing from his intense rivalries against chess legends like Karpov, Kramnik, and Fischer, Kasparov elucidates techniques for honing concentration and confidence. Emphasizing his belief, "Unfortunately, the number of ways to do something wrong always exceeds the number of ways to do it right," he inspires attendees to cultivate a strategic mindset in every endeavor.

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