Sunday, September 30, 2007

Tale of Two Chess Champions

V. Anand from India celebrates his authentic victory in World Chess Champion, his long journey finally resulting in a true championship. V. Anand’s victory is authentic because this time all warring factions of World Chess bodies are together and his win in Mexico City was against the best minds of the game. Such a unified title was eluding him so far and one can say that he has achieved the pinnacle of glory in the game of chess.

Meanwhile the ultimate player of the game, Gary Kasparov, has long moved away from the game of chess. Since the game no longer retains its status as the final frontier of human intelligence but becomes the test ground for Artificial Intelligence Technology Prowess; there is logic in Gary’s ‘moving on’ attitude towards chess.

What Gary Kasparov finds challenging these days is the autocratic rule of Vladimir Putin and he deems it necessary to challenge Putin style dictatorship to restore democracy in Russia. His struggle got more focused when Russian Opposition parties united in nominating Gary Kasparov as the unified presidential candidate against Putin’s heir. There can not be more ‘drama’ in this game than what Gary has brought so far. This is a fantastic narrative in the perennial human struggle for freedom. Humanity needs ‘great minds’ like Gary Kasparov to undertake the political struggle against the thuggish rule of Putin. Kasparov has rightly judged that political fight is the true game which he has to undertake.

Meanwhile V. Anand is ‘blessed’ to be in a country which enjoys such a broad array of liberty and freedom.

Umesh Patil
Cupertino, CA 95014
September 30, 2007.

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