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The schoolgirl who drew with Kasparov | Sunday 28 April 2024

Corfu, 1996. Taking a break from studying for her university entrance exams, Maria Petsetidi is playing against the greatest chess player in the world. Spoiler alert: she doesn’t lose!

Interviewee: Maria Petseridi
Interview by: Georgia Asimakopoulou
Producer: Thanos Psichogios
Sound Designer: Nikolas Konstantinou
Sound Editor: Dimitris Papadakis
Translator: Steve Lever
Voiceover: Skyrah Archer
Photos: Isidora Charbila

Istorima is the bigest project of recording and preserving oral histories of Greece. Over 1,000 young researchers find narrators, listen, collect and save stories of people from all over Greece : Stories of their place, stories of love, stories that changed us or defined us, stories modern or old. Stories that are not recorded in the history books and that could be lost in time. Istorima is the co-creation of the journalist Sofia Papaioannou and the historian Katherine Fleming and is implemented with a founding donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of his Youth Reboot and Empowerment initiative (learn more at The more than 20,000 stories are being published in their entirety in stages at Excerpts of the stories are published in the form of podcasts, videos or written stories at


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