Characteristically, Garry Kasparov thinks and acts on a grand scale.
In several interviews during the '80s, he told me of his deep anxiety over the computer threat to human chess hegemony. If they could replace us in chess, he feared, the machines would also be able to usurp other human domains.
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With youthful idealism, he expressed hope for a "new kind of chess," a world structure he would work to create. These concerns resonated from a precocious youth not yet 30. He has since worn many hats: chess organizer, innovator, scholar and writer; entrepreneur and businessman; and avid student of history and politics. His 2005 foray into Russian political life - joining a new political party, becoming an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin - came as no surprise, although his withdrawal from tournament play stunned the chess world.
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