Reports | September 05, 2007 4:25

[lang_nl]Kasparov: 'Kremlin dwarsboomt mijn boek'[/lang_nl][lang_en]Kasparov: "Kremlin obstructs book publication"[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Hoe is het eigenlijk met Kasparov? Druk met zijn kruistocht tegen Poetin en de zijnen natuurlijk, maar daarmee heeft hij alweer een tijdje niet meer het nieuws gehaald. Wat niet echt helpt. Hij schnabbelt toch nog een beetje in het schaakcircuit; zo zag ik dat hij binnenkort een simultaan gaat geven tijdens het WK voor schakers voor gepensioneerden, waar hij zich op een vreemde manier thuis zal voelen. Maar nu is er toch weer wat mis daar in Rusland; Kasparov beschuldigt het Kremlin ervan de publicatie van de Russische vertaling van How Life Imitates Chess te dwarsbomen.[/lang_nl][lang_en]How is Kasparov doing these days? Busy with his crusade against Putin and co, of course, but he hasn't made the headlines for a while. Which isn't really helping. He still hasn't left the chess scene completely; I saw he'll be doing a simultaneous display at the Wch for pensioners, where he might feel at home in a strange way. But now there's something rotten in Russia again; Kasparov accuses the Kremlin of obstructing the publication of the Russian translation of How Life Imitates Chess.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Dit boek had deze maand gepresenteerd moeten worden tijdens de jaarlijkse Moscow International Book Fair maar de uitgever heeft aangegeven dat er 'technische problemen' zijn. Kasparov is ervan overtuigd dat het Kremlin erachter zit. "It is clear this is in Kremlin hands and the decision was taken under Kremlin pressure," liet Marina Litvinovich, een adviseur van Kasparov telefonisch weten aan persbureau AFP.

De uitgever speelt de vermoorde onschuld en geeft aan dat er 'technische problemen' zijn, maar dat het boek maar liefst twaalf maanden vertraging oploopt, is inderdaad wel wat vreemd. Kasparov denkt dat Poetin erachter zit, opdat de voormalige wereldkampioen niet kan profiteren van media-aandacht in de aanloop naar de verkiezingen.

Het boek heet in het Nederlands Waarom het leven op schaken lijkt. Het is inmiddels in het Engels, Duits, Nederlands en Chinees beschikbaar maar de Russen moeten dus nog langer geduld hebben.

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'Kasparovs nieuwe tegenstanders' (13 december 2006)[/lang_nl][lang_en]This book should have been presented at this month's Moscow International Book Fair but the publisher has announced there are "technical problems". Kasparov is convinced the Kremlin is behind this. "It is clear this is in Kremlin hands and the decision was taken under Kremlin pressure," Marina Litvinovich, a close advisor of Kasparov, told press agency AFP by phone.

The publisher acts the injured innocent and denies, but a twelve month delay is indeed a bit strange. Kasparov thinks Putin is behind it, depriving the former world champion of media attention in the period up to the elections.

The book is available in English, German, Dutch and Chinese but well, I guess the Russian people have to wait even longer.

Related articles:

"Kasparov arrested" (14 april 2007)
"The grandmaster is to move" (7 maart 2007)
"Kasparov's new opponents" (13 december 2006)[/lang_en]

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Paul's picture

We want to hear about Kasparov because he is one of the greatest chess players alive or dead. Chess, politics and human behaviour have always been intricately mixed together and it is fascinating to follow them through the fates of Kasparov, beginning with his famous first match against Karpov+the whole Soviet system.

Lajos Arpad's picture

Today a book is not allowed to be published. Tomorrow a man will be silenced.

acirce's picture

Nobody buys Kasparov's ugly ideas in Russia and thank God for that.

David's picture

Have you all thought of how important for chess could mean that a chess player (and by the way the best of all times) became the President of a country? (and specially such a "big" country as Russia).
After all, I think that all the corruption and dirty play against Kasparov in Russia will only help him to get his goal.
Good luck Garry!

Arne's picture

Of course it's a bad thing that a publisher has such weird excuses, but isn't it strange that Kasparov wrote this book - which apparently contains so much sensitive and important information about Russia - in English in the first place, instead of in Russian?
It suggests to me that the main reason for this book was not to inform people in Russia, but to get media attention in other countries. In which case, perhaps, it's not really *that* important a book anyway, in the course of the presidential elections.

Ted Summers's picture

"In which case, perhaps, it?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s not really *that* important a book anyway, in the course of the presidential elections."

Sorry Arne,

I have to disagree with you on that. If it were not that important, then why the long delay? Putin and company do not like negative press, they will use all the power that they command to suppress negative coverage. Why?? Becuase it is in their best interest.

Paolo's picture

The book is a great read by the way!!!


peter's picture

Dear keepitcool,

First I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢d like to ask you not to scream. We can hear you perfectly well. And secondly: every once in a while we will publish stuff about Kasparov. Simply because he?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s the most famous chess player in the world ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú the best we ever had ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú and although he?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s inactive as a player I bet the majority of the ChessVibes visitors are at least partly interested in what he?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s doing these days. By the way thank you for the other suggestions.

keepitcool's picture

(Link is in Dutch) People: Kasparov is a waiste of energy and time for everybody . he works together with the National Bolshevism they are antisemetic, anti-masonry, mixed with freaked ideas inspired from stalinnism and there flag is a combination of the swastika and the hammer and sickle , that's why people russian hate him and don't vote for people like Kasparov. In the west he can talk about 'his democratic ideas' and why Putin is so bad(maybe he is right.). I don't judge Kasparov and Putin either, because it's gonna be like and Gary did this and Vladimir did that. I hate them both and that is it, so PLEASE CHESSVIBES DON'T PAY ARTICLES ABOUT KASPAROV OR PUTIN. PAY ARTICLES IF YOU WANT TO HAVE IT POLITICS AND CHESS WRITE ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT WHO IS SEEING ALIENS AND EVEN TALKS TO THEM

Arne's picture

@David, I believe there already is a President who plays chess.. his name starts with an I and he is president of a country called Kalmykkia ;-)

@Ted, I didn't say the book is likely to be welcomed by Putin, but it seems to me that IF the intention of the book was to influence the Russian elections, it would have been written in Russian in the first place, and need not have to be translated in a later stadium, when indeed Putin probably has already read it in English anyway. I suppose it's always easier to delay a book of which the content is already known, than a freshly written book with still unknown content.
So, I'm not saying Kasparov doesn't have a valid complaint - I'm just saying if he really wanted to influence Russian politics with it, perhaps he should have written it in Russian.

Ted Summers's picture


"So, I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m not saying Kasparov doesn?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t have a valid complaint - I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m just saying if he really wanted to influence Russian politics with it, perhaps he should have written it in Russian."

Agreed :)

Chessbuff's picture

Appreciate him or not, Kasparov's new and ongoing game against Putin cannot be ignored or go unreported. Kasparov has managed to convert his chess currency into a political one, and the stakes are high. We all know that it could cost him his life. What other world chess champion has taken on such a noble but deadly cause as political reform? You see former chess greats cutting ceremonial ribbons, posing for publicity photos, giving an hour lecture here and there, making ceremonial first moves, or providing game commentary. This is cub scout stuff compared to Kasparov efforts against the Putin regime. Again, whether you agree with his politics or not, Kasprov's activities beyond chess retirement is noteworthy not only because he was very dominant in chess but also because he is exhibiting a good level of social consciousness. That's interesting to many people.

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