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Chess Master Kasparov To Retire

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the big-blue-relieved dept.

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fembots writes "Former world champion Gary Kasparov has announced that he is to retire from competitive chess. The chess grandmaster, a leading critic of Mr. Putin, heads a group of top Russian liberals who have joined forces to keep Vladimir Putin from staying in the Kremlin after 2008."

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Upgrade (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907914)

That's okay, because Kasparov 2.0 is coming out and it's gonna whip IBM's hairy blue ass.

Re:Upgrade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908045)

Thats so damn funny I can't think of a reply.
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oh, wait, I just did!!! d'oh

Re:Upgrade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908122)

Doesn't it work? http://googletea.com/ [googletea.com]

Re:Upgrade (4, Funny)

DenDave (700621) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908160)

Nah!! Grandmaster Gary for President!! Imagine strategic armament talks between Bush and Gary!!
ROFL!
Gary will have Bush doin' the monkeyboy dance in no time!!

Obligatory (0, Redundant)

izakage (808061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907915)

In Soviet Russia, Chessmaster detests you!

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908279)

[to the tune of 'One Night in Bangkok' chorus]
Retire to Moscow and the world's your chessboard
He's in the Kremlin and he's got the key
Like Dennis Moore dum dum da dee da dessboard
It's more than lupines, it's for liberty
You can ride the horsey to king's-bishop-3!

Deep Blue (5, Funny)

GraemeDonaldson (826049) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907916)

Damn, I guess now Deep Blue [ibm.com] will need to find a new friend to play with?

Re:Deep Blue (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907963)

Damn, I guess now Deep Blue will need to find a new friend to play with?

How about the W.O.P.P.E.R. (sp?) from War Games.

Re:Deep Blue (2, Informative)

PedanticSpellingTrol (746300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908056)

WOPR (since you asked)

Re:Deep Blue (3, Funny)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907975)

In other news, Vladimir Putin has announced that Deep Blue will be joining his cabinet...

Latest News (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908075)

In other news, Vladimir Putin has announced that Deep Blue will be joining his cabinet...

Soon to be renamed deep red.

Re:Deep Blue (1)

ElectricBrain (452147) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907991)

Bobby Fischer? Oh wait...hes in jail....and crazy.

Re:Deep Blue (1)

notthe9 (800486) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908003)

I, for one, welcome our new bored chess-playing machine overlords.

Friends? (1)

Skadet (528657) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908211)

"Not all missions can be solved with chess, Deep Blue. Someday you'll understand that."

a sad day for chess (1)

slunk1 (694204) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907918)

a sad day indeed, what more can be said...

Re:a sad day for chess (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908023)

He's not dead.... he's just resting...

Re: He's not dead.... he's just resting... (4, Insightful)

WARM3CH (662028) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908054)

Yes, he's just resting but yet he has the top rating in the chess and many consider him as the greatest player in the world. He is in a good shape and although he has lost his last game in the Linares tournament, but has won the tournament.
Chess like any other game/sport needs sponsors, fans and supporters and Kasparov has been a great name attracting many. His mere presense in a tournament would mean big support and big moneys for Chess. Other active Grandmasters, though not very far from him in theory, could not yet attract so much publicity, support and money to Chess. So I think to the Chess world, his retirement is a very sad news.

Kasparov To Retire.... (1, Funny)

Uukrul (835197) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907919)

and to be replaced by a Computer [ibm.com] .

Re:Kasparov To Retire.... (5, Informative)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907950)

IIRC, Deep Blue has already been retired. After their first win, IBM decided they already got enough PR value out of it, and besides Kasparov's team accused IBM of bending some of the rules. Future games may have been tougher for blue if more restrictions were placed on it.

Re:Kasparov To Retire.... (1)

dvdeug (5033) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908004)

Future games may have been tougher for blue if more restrictions were placed on it.

Future games would have been easier, too, since the bugs started to get worked out, and because the amount of computer power available to Deep Blue would keep going up.

Re:Kasparov To Retire.... (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908112)

Bending the rules? This is the first I've heard of this. Anyone know more about it? What sort of "rules" can be bent in chess? "Ok, you can only look X moves ahead", or "you have to wait a realistic 400 milliseconds between your move and punching the clock, just like a real player". Something like that, or what? And what further restrictions could be placed on it anyways? If the computer isn't doing it's best to beat the opponent, what's the point?

Re:Kasparov To Retire.... (1)

IntergalacticWalrus (720648) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908120)

IIRC they accused IBM of modifying Deep Blue's programming between matches.

Re:Kasparov To Retire.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908185)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379296/

Re:Kasparov To Retire.... (4, Funny)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908230)

They gave Deep Blue "take backs", because otherwise he'll have a tantrum and upset the board. Who knew emergent behavior would be such a pain in the ass?

LiveJournal confirms it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11907920)

LiveJournal confirms: klerck is dead [livejournal.com] .

Re:LiveJournal confirms it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11907956)

Hey klerck, shut the fuck up.

Re:LiveJournal confirms it! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11907979)

Someone with authority needs to IP search every stupid fucker that posts this annoying crap. Wouldn't be surprised if it matches said suicidial dipshit.

Please Note (3, Insightful)

XanC (644172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907921)

"Liberal" here refers to the classical liberals opposing monarchies and arbitrary power. Not the socialist version of the word "liberal" we have in the US.

Re:Please Note (2, Informative)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907961)

And here [komitet2008.ru] is a link to that committee in which Kasparov participates.

Re:Please Note (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11907964)

Let's see....

Named George, prone to initiating ill concieved armed conflicts, favors holding prisoners without trial or even reasons, and considering the new bankrupcy bill, thinks all peasents should also be serfs....

I think the two ideas of liberal are in remarkable coincidence.

Re:Please Note (3, Insightful)

DarKry (847943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907972)

No i think liberal means the same thing pretty much everywhere..

1. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.

2. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

try here [reference.com] .

And we "socialist" fit #1 fairly well if I do say so myself.

Re:Please Note (4, Insightful)

mc6809e (214243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908012)

1. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.

2. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

[snip]

And we "socialist" fit #1 fairly well if I do say so myself.

Hmmm.

What happens when the socialist philosophy itself becomes orthodox or dogmatic?

Maybe you're confusing "liberal" with "leftist". They're not the same thing.

Re:Please Note (1)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908254)

It's not so much confusion as it is a deliberate tactic by those "on the right"* to discredit their opponents. You could be a centrist, and they'll call you a lefty, because your position is left of theirs.

*Our right wing leaders in the US have left behind their conservative values and are into authoritarianism now. They might profess to be conservatives, but they are not. It's become politics in it's purest form, i.e., not based on any professed principles and ideals, but merely grabbing and holding power, winning at any costs.

Re:Please Note (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908281)

And what if being non orthodox and non dogmatic becomes orthodox or dogmatic?

God, is that a dumb thread!

Re:Please Note (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908021)

> No i think liberal means the same thing pretty much everywhere..

No no no, Liberal in the US means "Un-American OBL loving commie bastard". Do you not watch Fox at all????

Re:Please Note (2, Informative)

gordgekko (574109) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908024)

You would be well served by relying on more then a dictionary definition of the word "liberal." I have several historical texts I can loan you that would disabuse you of the notion that socialism and liberalism are compatible.

Re:Please Note (1)

DarKry (847943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908098)

Please note the quotation marks around the word socialist...

Thank you for your time...

Re:Please Note (1)

gordgekko (574109) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908121)

My apologies, I am guilty of hasty posting.

Re:Please Note (3, Insightful)

bigsteve@dstc (140392) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908046)

The problem is that many people don't distinguish between socialism, communism and "Stalinism" or "Maoism". They are all "manifestations of the Evil Empire".

Re:Please Note (4, Informative)

mothlos (832302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908060)

Liberal in the international political sense are ideologies limiting government intervention in the activities of the governed. Clinton in the U.S. and Blaire in the U.K. are generally considered moderate liberals. Strong liberals have many different parties, but in the U.S. the largest strong liberal party is the Libertarian party.

Left refers to ideologies which reflect increased government intervention in economic matters generally with the goal of increased egalitarianism and decreased intervention in the social behaviors of the governed.

While communism is a leftist ideology, Soviet style communism was largely statist, conservative, or totalitarian in nature meaning ideologies supporting increased control of both economic and social matters.

The final major compass point in political ideology is Right. Right (the direction, not meaning correct) parties have ideologies favoring decreased government intervention in economic matters and increased intervention in social matters. These parties often focus around their reactionary policies to social change, particularly in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Republican party is a party on the Right.

Re:Please Note (3, Insightful)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908036)

Because "liberals" in the US are socialists? please.

Liberal typically refers to people in favor of progressive reform, not reverting back to antiquated practices, ideologies, or institutions of the past.

Re:Please Note (2, Interesting)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908043)

I think the term "liberal" (and conservative) has come to mean whatever the hell people want it to mean. Though in political science we distinguish between capital-L and lower-case liberal.

Re:Please Note (1)

ratnerstar (609443) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908066)

Socialism is the belief that the means of production should be in the hands of the government. If you contend that American liberalism advocates this, then I'll have to ask you for some evidence to support that view. If that is not your contention, then you really should refrain from making comments about word usage since you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

Re:Please Note (1)

Niten (201835) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908104)

I'd say that the designation of American citizens and non-citizens as so-called enemy combatants, and the subsequent detention of these persons under the scepter of a nebulous "war on terror" and without the recognition of their basic human rights, very well falls under the category of arbitrary power.

I am an American Liberal. I oppose this.

Re:Please Note (2, Insightful)

ivlad (646764) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908132)

Nope, "liberal" here refers to a group of people providing political lobby to anyone with enough money. So, now they're building a foundation for bring their "clients" to the presidency.

Re:Please Note (1)

killjoe (766577) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908138)

Liberal pretty much means the same thing here in the US too. It's an english word after all.

Re:Please Note (1)

R.Caley (126968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908243)

Liberal pretty much means the same thing here in the US too. It's an english word after all.

``Two nations divided by a common language''.

By observation from outside, `liberal' as a political label in the US has been completely subverted by a bizzare cooperative move from left (who wanted to co-opt the label) and right (for whom the ideas traditionally associated with the label, free markets, personal responsibility etc, were dangerous).

As an indication of the change, consider the fact that The Economist, being British and liberal, but with a large US readership, regularly feels the need to remind readers what it means by the word.

BTW, contrary to the impliction in the story summary, the 2008 Free Choice organisation is not liberal per-se but pro-democracy. Perhaps all the big members are liberals, I don't know, but the aim of the organisation is to try and get Russia moving back towards democracy.

Re:Please Note (1)

killjoe (766577) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908151)

What do you mean socialist? Do you mean socialist as in creating the largest govt department socialist or socialist as in giving people free perscription drugs socialist. Perhaps you mean socialist as in giving increased benefits to veterans socialist or maybe even enacting steel and softwood tarrifs socialist.

I am curious to see what your definition of socialist is, mainly because I suspect your definition of socialist includes george bush.

Republicans are more socialist than Democrats. (0, Flamebait)

Adolph_Hitler (713286) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908265)

Republicans actually are socialist. In fact Republicans are the most socialist political party in America at this time.

Republicans are socialist because they believe in corporate socialism. They believe corporations must be tyrannies. They are against Democracy. Under Republicans work place Democracy has decreased and will continue to decrease as Walmart style tyranny businesses gain government support. The government supports these businesses just as a socialist government supports its businesses. The government provides state protections, bailouts of all sorts, tax exeptions, and many other forms of corporate socialism.

Market discipline is perfect for workers who are forced to learn responsibility, but for corporate owners there is no responsiblity socially or personally. Corporations under Republicans are actually encouraged to be irresponsible and to avoid all social responsibility in favor of profit.

There is no difference between the Democratic and Republican party. Both these parties are socialist. Democratic parties redistribute money directly to the people and favor Democracy in and out of the workplace. Republican parties redistribute the money from the middle class directly into the hands of corporate share holders and CEOs. What does this mean in common sense language?

If you are a CEO of a big multi-national company, you are a Republican.

If you work for a company and you arent a CEO or shareholder, you are a Democrat. If each company is a government in itself, if you are the CEO you usually will prefer tyranny over Democracy. If you are the worker you'll definately prefer Democracy over tyranny.

Freedom for Who? Republicans (The CEO's) believe they should have the freedom to chase capital without any restrictions for any reasons. Workers want the freedom to move up, to make higher wages, and to get a portion of benefits from the companies profits.

If you are at the top of the business world you are at the top of the country. If you are at the top of the country then your concept of freedom is going to be different from the concept the remaining 99% of the country has.

Re:Please Note (1)

VanillaCoke420 (662576) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908200)

I'm a socialliberal ("social" for the social benefits and securities, "liberal" for freedom, democracy and civil rights) who also supports the monarchy we have in Sweden. I'm quite a mix.

Actually, it has the same meaning. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908274)

The current liberal is very against monarchies and arbitrary power. Sadly, arbitary powers happen to be in control of the USA, which explains why Putin is getting by with this shit. True Republicans and all Democrats are up in arm at the slow theft that is going on. Only the neo-cons seem to not care.

had to be done (1)

flmngbrd (795007) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907928)

in soviet russia chess plays you!

Oh he's good, (5, Funny)

IInventedTheInternet (818590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907929)

He had first planned his retirement at age 8, the man can plan ahead I tells ya.

Putie (2, Interesting)

DarKry (847943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907944)

With brains like that against them the russian mob doesn't stand a chance

We thought we were getting the mob out of power here in Ukraine recently, turned out we were putting a new one in.

Re:Putie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11907951)

last time I checked a brain doesn't stop a bullet.

Re:Putie (1)

DarKry (847943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907982)

actually I forgot to preview my post... slashdot cut out my [sarcasm] tags (non standard html or some such nonsense.

Re:Putie (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907987)

your superior intellect is no match to our puny weapons.

Re:Putie (1)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908039)

Yeah, but it's too bad. If he goes against Putin, those brains will wind up serving wallpaper duty awfully fast.

Godspeed Mr. Kasparov (1)

insomnyuk (467714) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907947)

I hope you succeed in your plans, Putin is bad news.

Checkmate (2, Funny)

Everleet (785889) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908040)

He always has been good at killing kings.

Chess vs. the KGB (5, Funny)

tychoS (200282) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907954)

What an interesting match we are going to witness:

The "Chess master" vs. "the KGB master"

Re:Chess vs. the KGB (0)

mrak018 (736017) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907974)


I dare to say "The Speech looser" vs. "The Ideology master".

Re:Chess vs. the KGB (1)

quarkscat (697644) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908083)

I expect we will hear a lot about Kaspirov, once
Putin puts him on trial, and then not at all.

Anyone out there know if Kaspirov already has
his retirement dacha built in Siberia?

Re:Chess vs. the KGB (5, Funny)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908123)

Chess master: I'm sorry, you can't castle when your king is in check...

KGB Master: Watch me.

I don't think the match will last very long when you can make up the rules as you go.

Agitators (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11907958)

[A] group of top Russian liberals [...].
Read: Jews.

Sad, very sad day (1)

mrak018 (736017) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907962)

For Russian politics.

As a politician Kasparov is far from good.

And in other news (4, Funny)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907969)

All those sports injuries from playing chess has forced Kasparov to retire.

oh wait.....

What's next from IBM? (1)

OxygenPenguin (785248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11907978)

Since DeepBlue was meant to soley process chess moves, maybe Putin will commission a machine to solely analyze Kasparov's organizational skills. I mean, c'mon, the last IBM special design machine beat his ass...why not another one?

Yet another example of man vs. machine. Maybe they should design one that a 17 year old girl can't beat up, though.

If I were Putin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11907998)

I would inform the russian voters that Kasparov believes that classical antiquity was made up during the renaissance: www.world-mysteries.com/garrykasparov.htm

Celebrities and Elections (3, Insightful)

porp (24384) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908009)

If his main point is to retire to promote his politics and ensure a head of state does not get re-elected (as the linked, BBC news blurb suggests), shouldn't he realize, just by looking at last year's U.S. elections, that a dissenting, political group spearheaded by a celebrity is a big fucking waste of time.

I mean, this dude only played chess. He never did stand up comedy or married Susan Sarandon. Come on Gary, at least make a documentary where Putin plays Chess instead of going after terrorists.

porp

Re:Celebrities and Elections (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908135)

Yeah, you're right. He's got to be in some movies, be like the "Chessinator", decimating players left and right with big, dramatic explosions. Follow that up with driving around in a big Hummer, flex his chess muscles, and then he'll be ready to run for office.

Re:Celebrities and Elections (1, Troll)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908150)

Putin plays Chess instead of going after terrorists

I'm sorry, but in the Chechnya war, it's Putin who is the main terrorist. It just happens that his opponents belong to a religion with a known strong affinity to terrorism themselves.

While Putin is pretty much a new führer, it was not him who started this strategy. Chechnya was warring against the Russian occupation during the tzars time, and under Stalin's rule, nearly all the population was deported away from their homes! After a thaw roughly half of the population was allowed to return.

Now, show me a nation that would not behave like Chechens do when faced with such treatment.

Kasparov is just fed up with Putin's imperial tendencies, tendencies that tend to go unnoticed by the western world. Russia is gravitating towards Nazi-like dictatorship, and Kasparov belongs to those russians who would prefer democracy.

Re:Celebrities and Elections (1)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908240)

Word up. There is no such thing as Western style democracy, there is just democracy. Freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc. are part of the package.

This is what Putin's supporters do not get. Wars of aggression do not have anything to do with this kind of government.

M

Re:Celebrities and Elections (4, Informative)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908165)

The Week in Chess report on the press conference [chesscenter.com] .

He's retiring because he's been the top player for the last 20 years, he is the best ever, last year he won the Russian championship for the first time so he's won everything there is to win, most of it many times, and he can't see any new challenges. The mess in FIDE and the constant mess around the world championships sucked a lot of his energy, he'll just play for fun from now on.

Politics is one of the things he's going to do in his newly found free time, but it's hardly the main story.

The difference (2, Insightful)

leereyno (32197) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908183)

The difference is that the celebrities over here were wrong. The country ignored them because they came off as the loony delusional rant monkeys they are.

I don't know if Kasparov will be able to affect the future of his country, but comparing him to the Micheal Moore crowd over here and telling him to give up is just plain irrational, especially if he is a classical liberal (as opposed to the marxist variety the US is afflicted with).

Lee

Re:The difference (4, Insightful)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908253)

Unfortunately, Kasparov in real life is also into history, and rather close to crackpot science. For instance, he doesn't believe there was 1000 years between the Roman empire and Newton, he thinks history has been artificially expanded by 1000 years.

See e.g. http://www.world-mysteries.com/garrykasparov.htm [world-mysteries.com] .

I also vaguely remember that he tried to form a political party after the fall of the USSR, and was voted down as chairman on the first day of his own party! Add to that all the political problems that always surrounded him in the chess world (PCA, FIDE, etc), and I think he's not all that much better than them at politics.

*Sigh* Here is to the uninformed (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908219)

Kasparove has long been a very well known and influential figure in Sowjet/Russian politics. In the sowjet area he was one of the best known critics of the system and a champion of democracy, so he already has political standing. (Btw., him being opposed to the system and Karpov very much being part of the system was one of the things that really spiced up all of their duells then.)

Now on to Putin. It's not only about Putin getting reelected, but about Puting changing the constitution/breaking the law to be able to get reelected. Like in the US the President can only be reelected so many times and Mr. Puting will not be allowed to run again in the next election. However, there are many that fear that Putin will somehow find a way to circumvent this "little inconvenience" and run nevertheless, or at least find an other way to stay in control.

This would very clearly deal the deathblow to what is left of democracy in Russia nowadays and fighting against this happening certainly is a noble cause and should be commended.

Finally, not that I'm really a good chess player, but it is sad to see a giant like Kasparove step down. He will be missed by everyone interested in chess I'm sure.

More stuff (5, Informative)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908037)

Here is a link [chessbase.com] to a more lengthy article with more information, including a video clip. Seems Kasparov, despite still having the best rating in the world, is retiring out of frustration with the FIDE. He's going to write a few books, including How Life Imitates Chess, in addition to politics.

Re:More stuff (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908097)

Funny...last time I checked, life was around well before chess was. Wouldn't it make more sense to title it "How Chess Imitates Life"? Doing it the other way is like saying "How Roosevelt Imitates Bush"...sure the equality might exist, but which came first isn't up for discussion.

Re:More stuff (3, Insightful)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908222)

Wouldn't it make more sense to title it "How Chess Imitates Life"?

Not to chess players. Chess is a sort of mathematical construct, it's an idea that was discovered. Life has a starting date.

As I understand, he's trying to explain how you can turn a chess obsessed mind towards other things, something that he claims to have done. Personally the games in my dreams are about as bad as the ones I play, so I'd rather put the programming obsessed part of my brain to work, but he is Kasparov...

More details and a video clip (1)

barath_s (609997) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908038)

I saw it on chessbase first : Can anyone torrent this and mirror please ? http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=225 8 Reading this, it seems to me that he simply burnt out. Frustrated by the lack of any concrete plans for a unified world championship. After all, the man has been the greatest for an unprecendented duration in modern chess. As he says, what else is left for him to do in chess ?

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908048)

The game of chess retires you!

Obvious comment to Putin (1, Funny)

rf0 (159958) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908068)

Check Mate..

rus

Congatulation for your chess career Garry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908078)

Even though Kasparov was no longer the official
world chess champion lately, he was most
certainly still the best chess player of
his generation. His ELO rating was well above
any other players. He also proved again
that he was still the best by winning today,
the day of his retirement, the prestigious
Linares chess tournament. The world champion
is last in this tournament by the way. This
is a sorry situation for FIDE (Federation
Internationale Des Echecs). Being a world
chess champion does not mean anything anymore.

We'll miss you Garry. I hope you find the
time to perfect "My Great Predecessors"
book series.

Just another patzer.

Chess grand masters (5, Funny)

Mori Chu (737710) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908096)

Once you become a grand master at chess, does it help or hurt your chances with women when you tell them?

Re:Chess grand masters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908115)

Not when you tell it in a Go-club.

Re:Chess grand masters (5, Funny)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908142)

I think it might hurt your chances if you tell them that you've been mating quite a bit lately...

Re:Chess grand masters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908208)

Zero times anything is still zero, grasshopper.

Goodbye (4, Interesting)

arron_nz (846050) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908107)

I actually played Kasparov along with about 20 others at the same time as part of a school chess program. Smart man. He beat us all, of course. Best wishes for the future.

Re:Goodbye (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908197)

Was this one of those deals where 20 boards are set up, student versus Kasparov, and he goes to each board in turn to make his move? I always found that really impressive, mainly because it takes about all of my concentration to look ahead to my next move when playing against one mediocre opponent.

RevisedHistory.org -- Kasparov's best website (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908124)

see The View of Garry Kasparov [revisedhistory.org]

Everything you've been told is a lie. 1,000 years of "history" were invented.

RevisedHistory.org -- Kasparov's best website (1)

cnvrtus (866828) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908147)

see The View of Garry Kasparov Everything you've been told is a lie. 1,000 years of "history" were invented.

Sad News (5, Interesting)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908154)

I have always admired Gary Kasparov and the things he has done for the chess world, I never really enjoyed playing through someone's else games until I saw his.

There was a time I really wanted to be a great chess player. I would go to bed at night and stay up thinking of moves from games I had played earlier in the day. It would frustrate me to see so clearly what I should have done in certain situations, and aggravate me that things became so obvious after the fact. Sometimes I would go to sleep and dream of games that never even happened, and was really having trouble with the role the game was playing in my life.

Found a book of translated interviews with grandmasters at a used bookstore and it straightened me out. Rosendo Balinas was a prude and never struck me as a real human being. Bobby Fisher was just indominatable and I had trouble relating to him. Kasparov, on the other hand, was kind of a playboy. He had real interests outside the game and saw the relation between what he was doing on the table and what political organizations did throughout the world. He talked about the 'chessbrain' syndrome and how he learned to turn it on to new things.

Long story short: I read about Kasparov, studied Kasparov, tried to walk and talk like Kasparov. Doing so helped me become an easier person to be around. Eventually got laid, had a kid, took an interest in things outside chess.

M

Re:Sad News (4, Funny)

identity0 (77976) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908276)

Oh my gawd... Gary Kasparov's advice helped you get laid?!

To you, sir, I present the Nerdiest Nerd on Slashdot award. We who are still celibate salute you!

echoes of 2004 USA election ? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908167)

hopefully he will be more effective at unseating putin than michael moore was at unseating bush.

I don't buy it... (2, Interesting)

Statecraftsman (718862) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908216)

This man is the greatest living chess player and he says he is retiring from competitive play? The article says he will continue to play because it is fun but will no longer play on a professional level.

How can he play at any level lower than pro? Won't that be boring when he's still dominates the game? We all like a little rest and relaxation but I only give him 2 years before he's back to pro tournament play.

What's up with these chess masters? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11908244)

First Bobby Fischer gets so pissed off at the US government that he's going to end up either in prison or in exile (he's hoping for the latter). Now Kasparov is taking on his government, and knowing how things work in Putin's Russia (cf, Grozny) Kasparov could well end up in the same situation.

But to be a little more serious, from reading the Committee 2008 [komitet2008.ru] website, it sounds like Kasparov is a very sane guy with noble goals, and a willingness to put his ass on the line to achieve those goals, whereas Fischer is a few pieces short of a chess set and his goals are repugnant.

What about Advanced Chess? (4, Informative)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 9 years ago | (#11908266)

I'm curious to see if Kasparov will continue to be involved with Advanced Chess [wikipedia.org] , a new form of chess which he introduced. Basically, in it a human and computer program compete as a team against other human-computer teams. This symbiosis is much stronger than either member alone, as humans and computers are better at different aspects of chess. It's thought that Advanced Chess tournaments may help further human-computer interaction [betterhumans.com] .
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