In Kasparov’s own words: “I had
been watching my parents trying to solve some chess studies, and I was so amazed at this
mysterious game that I tried to understand the rules, and I guessed some moves.
Later, my father taught me how to play chess at age six.”
His talent of playing chess was recognized
early on in life by a man named Mikhail Botvinnik (a former World Champion). In 1973
Botvinnik invited Kasparov to join his very exclusive chess school for gifted children, needless
to say Kasparov accepted the invitation.