Kindred’s Special: How Life Imitates Chess

Garry Kasparov’s contribution to chess covers many areas: history, his demonstrated skill carrying with it his great appreciation and love of both principles and strategies, and his own recognition that it was time to step down and devote time both in Russia’s interest and political savvy by putting into practice those forces learned in chess to benefit the nation he loves.  But bucking the system controlled by Putin and his so called political machine demonstrates that evil sometimes wins the short battles and only persistent effort and dedication will triumph in the end when such a controlled system is exposed before the public.  This, in turn, requires the support of a population that refuses to buckle under the yoke of such tyranny!

In his excellent book, HOW LIFE IMITATES CHESS, Garry Kasparov endeavors to illustrate factors he learned on the chessboard and his life in chess as both a keen thinker, achiever, and spectacular record as both candidate and then World Champion of the chessworld, suggesting that making the “right moves” from the board can be carried over successfully to the boardroom.

Politically, Garry Kasparov’s efforts to find unity among factions fell short largely because the power base of Russian thought is controlled in the hands of Putin allies. Inspiring the Russian nation as a people no matter how well planned and executed as it might be seen on a chessboard, sorely demonstrates that in the real world such battles won are often lost due to cunning crookedness of politicians. This is seen as true as well in chess politics. Evil and Good are human nature opponents that have existed for centuries as long as mankind walked the Earth. Good often emerges victor only when the people refuse to let power hungry leaders win. It is very true that power tends to corrupt and corruption is, like money, the root of all evil.  Regrettably this is one lesson the former World Champion seems to have miscalculated and his judgment too optimistic. Yet, it is most admirable to see our former champion risk much to save Russia. While defeat of one battle doesn’t bring about a permanent endgame finis, the idea that with defeat a new game can began, is what powermongers must always beware. Nothing is permanent and freedom to live life to the full requires constant vigilance once achieved. To achieve freedom of thought and deed may require a long struggle but one that is worth the endgame.

I highly recommend this book which has many of my own views and feelings for chess.



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