Kasparov Karpov

From the Foreword to Kasparov on Modern Chess II: Kasparov v Karpov.

“When work on this volume was approaching completion, I added to my life experience
by spending some time in jail. In late November 2007, just before the rigged parliamentary elections, I, like many other representatives of the opposition, clashed head-on with the police and the arbitrary judicial rule of Putin’s Russia. The five days spent in captivity became for me a fundamentally new reference point in my relations with people. From behind bars, everything, as in chess, is seen in black and white – many expressed their solidarity, but there were also those who did not pass the test of elementary decency.

Anatoly Karpov made an attempt to visit me in prison – the solidarity of champions
proved stronger than political and personal disagreements! He was not able to do this: the authorities, who did not allow any lawyers to see me, did not make an exception for Karpov. But in the new system of coordinates his goodwill gesture outweighed all the negative factors which had accumulated during our long years of confrontation.”

6 thoughts on “The Solidarity of Champions: Kasparov and Karpov”

  • asxd says :

    This proves that Kasparov is an asshole

    1. Nimzo says :

      This proves that you are stupid…

  • Joe Boronka says :

    Karpov is a true soul !, I’m glad he went to try and visit you , I would have too, but am too far away in Toronto, Canada, and could not afford the tranportation cost. ” Live long and Prosper ” as Mr. Spock used to say in his Star Trek appearances .!!

    1. esad says :

      Karpov is a good person

  • Slawomir Slav Naumowicz says :

    Karpov has always been number one for me. Not only great player but also great person. Today he doesn’t play at the highest level like 20 years ago (see Linares 1994),but his comments are still “fresh” ,with deep understanding chess world and real life. True champion.

  • Fernando Pinget says :

    Isn’t it great to see that 2 of the 5 best players of all time can end up in an emphatic and sincerest handshake like this? Despite their rivalry on the board (which produced games of the highest level ever produced by GMs) and their well-known political differences (Karpov a member of the ex-Soviet Union Communist Party and Kasparov a representative of the generational change which started with the Perestroika), despite all this, Karpov attempt to visit Kasparov in jail. I am completely sure that Kasparov would’ve done the same in a reverse situation, judging for his political principles which revel ethical fundamentals as well.
    Great Grand Masters of chess now showing their rue humanitarian colours, a great example for humanity. Fernando Pinget, Sydney Australia.

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