Think you can beat Kasparov at chess? HK$150,000 first, please

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 March, 2008, 12:00am

Normally, we're too busy with Hong Kong happenings to pay attention to events in Macau. However, this particular item sparked our nerdish interest.

One of the world's eminent chess players, Garry Kasparov, has been booked to come to this part of the world in autumn.

On November 22, Kasparov, 45, will pit himself against 20 opponents in an exclusive 'simul' tournament - where he will simultaneously play everyone at the same time. Part of the participation fee will go to Kasparov's education charity, the Chess Foundation.

The event, organised by a company called High-5, will take place at MGM Grand Macau. This is one for the high rollers because each seat in the afternoon tournament will cost HK$150,000.

For that amount, you will not only have the privilege of challenging the former Russian world champ - and failed presidential candidate - but also be invited to a private cocktail party with him afterwards. Oh, you are allowed to bring two friends.

If you just want to hear Kasparov speak, he will also be at a dinner the following night, but that won't be a bargain either. It's a very corporate HK$100,000 for a table of 10. Only 25 tables are available. Both events are being booked through the Quintessentially service. E-mail

Kasparov will also be making a speech at the University of Hong Kong on November 20 for students in the social science programme. Organisers told us they are also negotiating another possible function for him. We'll pass on those details if they're confirmed.