St. Louis, MO (KSDK) — Many consider him the world’s greatest chess player, but it was a different game that brought Garry Kasparov to St. Louis on Monday — politics.

For a grand master, no visit to St. Louis would be complete without a stop at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. While there, Kasparov greeted fans and signed everything from books to boards.

The city’s growing reputation as the U.S. chess capitol helped lure the chess king.

“I know there’s a lot of things happening here in St. Louis and I can only hope that my visit here could encourage more people to join,” Kasparov said.

Kasparov’s speech focuses on the spread of democracy throughout the world.