Check Mate: Chess Champion to Upper East Side Resident

At the age of 22, Garry Kasparov was the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985. Today, after playing a different kind of chess during his political career, Kasparov finds himself king of a new $3.4 million penthouse in New York City’s Upper East Side. Check Mate.

In 1985, Garry Kasparov was only 22 years old when he was crowned the youngest world chess champion in history. Skip to present day, Kasparov has officially retired from chess and has made his living in politics instead, acting as a “fierce critic of Vladimir Putin and a public enemy of Kremlin.” Apparently the man is successful now matter what career path he chooses as he just recently purchased a stunning $3.4 million penthouse on West 76th Street in New York City.

It has been reported in the past that due to his political persona, and stark criticisms of very public figures, Kasparov has had to spend thousands of dollars on bodyguards each month to protect himself and his family. If Kasparov’s latest New York purchase is any testament of the former chess pro’s fortune, it’s likely a few thousand a month for protection is like a walk in the park for him; a walk in Central Park, perhaps. Kasparov has said, “If something goes wrong with me or my family, I don’t think there’s a chance for them [the Kremlin] to say they aren’t guilty. For many Russians, I’m a symbol of national pride. I was the Soviet champion even for the left wing, even for the nationalists. I’m not Garry Kasparov, half-Armenian, half-Jewish born, but the Soviet champion, the man who was on top of the world of chess, the pride of the nation.”

Kasparov and his family also own residences in Paris, Moscow, Leningrad, and even New Jersey, in addition to this latest “humble” abode in the Upper East Side. It is reported that the deed for this new penthouse condo was filed under the names of both Kasparov and his third wife, Daria, whom have a young daughter together.

Via: The New York Observer