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  1. 10 Apr '09 13:52
    According to some recent twitters and a page on the FIDE website, Garry Kasparov has agreed in principle to return to chess for a world championship candidates' event!

    What are your thoughts?
  2. 10 Apr '09 14:20
    I'm doubtful.

    But if he does, its a risk. It would be a massive deal and if he didn't do well as this would be such a momorable event it would tarnish the almost godlike view some people hold of him.

    Likewise, if he pulls it off and plays chess like his days of old, then it would be a great move.

    Motivated by... money/ glory/ boredom/ lack of political success?
  3. 10 Apr '09 14:53
    Originally posted by mazattack
    I'm doubtful.

    But if he does, its a risk. It would be a massive deal and if he didn't do well as this would be such a momorable event it would tarnish the almost godlike view some people hold of him.

    Likewise, if he pulls it off and plays chess like his days of old, then it would be a great move.

    Motivated by... money/ glory/ boredom/ lack of political success?
    Well, chess is the only thing he is good at. It would make sense a comeback.
  4. 10 Apr '09 15:34 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by MrMartin
    According to some recent twitters and a page on the FIDE website, Garry Kasparov has agreed in principle to return to chess for a world championship candidates' event!

    What are your thoughts?
    Could you please post the applicable link on the FIDE page? Just glancing at the news on FIDE's home page, I didn't notice anything related to the rumor. I consider all such rumors false unless I find a reliable source. (Yeah, I realize the irony of implying that FIDE is a reliable source. )
  5. 10 Apr '09 15:39
    Originally posted by Mad Rook
    Could you please post the applicable link on the FIDE page? Just glancing at the news on FIDE's home page, I didn't notice anything related to the rumor. I consider all such rumors false unless I find a reliable source. (Yeah, I realize the irony of implying that FIDE is a reliable source. )
    http://chessmind.powerblogs.com/posts/1238558719.shtml

    Check the date
  6. 10 Apr '09 16:14
    Originally posted by Romanticus
    http://chessmind.powerblogs.com/posts/1238558719.shtml

    Check the date
    So I guess MrMartin is only nine days late, haha. (At least he didn't fool me.)
  7. 10 Apr '09 16:16
    You have to ignore all news you see on april 1st folks!
  8. 10 Apr '09 16:32
    Originally posted by pijun
    You have to ignore all news you see on april 1st folks!
    Well, it's clear that MrMartin didn't even bother to check the FIDE web site... Either that, or like I said, he's 9 days late with his news.
  9. 10 Apr '09 18:42
    Originally posted by mazattack
    I'm doubtful.

    But if he does, its a risk. It would be a massive deal and if he didn't do well as this would be such a momorable event it would tarnish the almost godlike view some people hold of him.

    Likewise, if he pulls it off and plays chess like his days of old, then it would be a great move.

    Motivated by... money/ glory/ boredom/ lack of political success?
    April fools or not - it would be good to see him come back

    I hate the idea that someone can "tarnish their legacy" by continuing to play even when well past their prime. It encourages the annoying "retire while you're on top" mentality that causes some highly talented people to abandon a game or a sport that they can still play at an extremely high level.

    Kasparov's accomplishments from when he was at his peak will remain on the books, and he will always be regarded as one of the all-time greats.

    I don't think his political career has gotten much traction. I wouldn't be surprised to see him make a comeback soon.
  10. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    12 Apr '09 06:43
    Originally posted by MrMartin
    According to some recent twitters and a page on the FIDE website, Garry Kasparov has agreed in principle to return to chess for a world championship candidates' event!

    What are your thoughts?
    It was a mistake for Kasparov to enter politics. He should have stayed with chess.
  11. 12 Apr '09 12:10
    Originally posted by bill718
    It was a mistake for Kasparov to enter politics. He should have stayed with chess.
    Yes to true, one should never expand horizons.
  12. 12 Apr '09 12:23
    Yes he plays chess better than politic games =)