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(The Daily Beast)   Chess champion Garry Kasparov says Hillary Clinton's comments are "despicable", which means Bobby Fischer's zombie is President and all schoolchildren must study Alekhine's Defense   (thedailybeast.com ) divider line
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2012-06-17 05:33:09 PM  
Flying phalluses for everyone!
 
2012-06-17 05:42:54 PM  
Pwned!
 
2012-06-17 06:00:46 PM  
What a terrible, terrible website.
 
2012-06-17 06:05:45 PM  
i3.photobucket.com

Approves
 
2012-06-17 07:46:19 PM  
I can't figure out what he's talking about at all. From TFA:

He was particularly furious at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told CNN on May 8 that the protests expressed the hope that as "the new term that President Putin is about to begin, Russia will be able to continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens, ensuring that there is a level playing field for political and economic participation."

"It's horrendous. It's despicable," Kasparov said of Clinton's comments on Putin's inauguration. "When people are facing criminal charges and the regime is about to start massive repression, this is encouragement for Putin to do whatever he wants."


Secretary Clinton's comment does not sound to me like she is "encouraging" Putin at all. It's a pretty tepid statement, and I can see how he'd be disappointed, but his criticism seems off base.
 
2012-06-17 08:02:29 PM  
Hmmm....he's pushing the Syrian proxy war with Russia gambit.
 
2012-06-17 08:14:42 PM  
Alekhine's Defense? Really? That is one of the dumbest defenses in the book.
 
2012-06-17 08:32:07 PM  
Maybe he's playing it ultra subtle because you can never let your opponent see your pieces.

Link as noteworthy as an exploding Hubble Telescope
 
2012-06-17 08:47:27 PM  

jake_lex: I can't figure out what he's talking about at all. From TFA:

He was particularly furious at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told CNN on May 8 that the protests expressed the hope that as "the new term that President Putin is about to begin, Russia will be able to continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens, ensuring that there is a level playing field for political and economic participation."

"It's horrendous. It's despicable," Kasparov said of Clinton's comments on Putin's inauguration. "When people are facing criminal charges and the regime is about to start massive repression, this is encouragement for Putin to do whatever he wants."

Secretary Clinton's comment does not sound to me like she is "encouraging" Putin at all. It's a pretty tepid statement, and I can see how he'd be disappointed, but his criticism seems off base.


I agree. I think he missed her indirect criticism of Putin.
 
2012-06-17 09:00:29 PM  

notmtwain: jake_lex: I can't figure out what he's talking about at all. From TFA:

He was particularly furious at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told CNN on May 8 that the protests expressed the hope that as "the new term that President Putin is about to begin, Russia will be able to continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens, ensuring that there is a level playing field for political and economic participation."

"It's horrendous. It's despicable," Kasparov said of Clinton's comments on Putin's inauguration. "When people are facing criminal charges and the regime is about to start massive repression, this is encouragement for Putin to do whatever he wants."

Secretary Clinton's comment does not sound to me like she is "encouraging" Putin at all. It's a pretty tepid statement, and I can see how he'd be disappointed, but his criticism seems off base.

I agree. I think he missed her indirect criticism of Putin.


Yes. In diplomatic terms, highlighting "respecting the rights of Russian citizens" in particular is indeed a criticism. It is not an encouragement that she's bringing it up.

The U.S. also has a fine line to walk with Russia right now because it's a major actor involved in Syria's civil war...
 
2012-06-17 09:12:48 PM  

jake_lex: I can't figure out what he's talking about at all. From TFA:

He was particularly furious at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told CNN on May 8 that the protests expressed the hope that as "the new term that President Putin is about to begin, Russia will be able to continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens, ensuring that there is a level playing field for political and economic participation."


Secretary Clinton's comment does not sound to me like she is "encouraging" Putin at all. It's a pretty tepid statement, and I can see how he'd be disappointed, but his criticism seems off base.



Off base? If a middle-eastern leader engaged in the groundless incarceration of the country's businessmen to consolidate state wealth, engaged in the systematic assassination of dissidents in the press and dissidents abroad, and possibly staged hostage situations in order to gain executive power, do you think our Secretary of State would state that once this leader was reelected by fraud, that he would be able to "continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens?"


Putin's track record isn't hard to look up.


Kasparov's criticism has a lot of merit.
 
2012-06-17 09:26:43 PM  

1derful: jake_lex: I can't figure out what he's talking about at all. From TFA:

He was particularly furious at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told CNN on May 8 that the protests expressed the hope that as "the new term that President Putin is about to begin, Russia will be able to continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens, ensuring that there is a level playing field for political and economic participation."


Secretary Clinton's comment does not sound to me like she is "encouraging" Putin at all. It's a pretty tepid statement, and I can see how he'd be disappointed, but his criticism seems off base.


Off base? If a middle-eastern leader engaged in the groundless incarceration of the country's businessmen to consolidate state wealth, engaged in the systematic assassination of dissidents in the press and dissidents abroad, and possibly staged hostage situations in order to gain executive power, do you think our Secretary of State would state that once this leader was reelected by fraud, that he would be able to "continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens?"


Putin's track record isn't hard to look up.


Kasparov's criticism has a lot of merit.


Your right but Russia is not a random Middle Eastern Kleptocracy it is a Kleptocracy with Nukes and a seat on the security council(other implications). It does make a difference, maybe not right but practical.
 
2012-06-17 09:34:40 PM  
This guy was beaten by a machine in 1997, just like Sarah Connor said would happen.
 
2012-06-17 10:31:21 PM  
Maybe a sternly worded resolution would help.
 
2012-06-18 12:28:11 AM  

GAT_00: Alekhine's Defense? Really? That is one of the dumbest defenses in the book.


I can't tell if you're joking or not, but either way it's obvious that you have no idea what you're talking about...
 
2012-06-18 12:57:49 AM  

Oxygen_Thief: Your right but Russia is not a random Middle Eastern Kleptocracy it is a Kleptocracy with Nukes and a seat on the security council(other implications). It does make a difference, maybe not right but practical.


I agree, distasteful as it is. Although, there is something to be said for the Japanese approach (NSFW language).
 
2012-06-18 01:28:21 AM  
The crowd of around 100 people gathered in Midtown Manhattan's Bryant Park were there to hear Garry Kasparov talk mainly of the game he has mastered, chess.

Sounds like a Tea Party rally. Only with vodak.
 
2012-06-18 02:21:42 AM  
Shut up and play, commie.
 
2012-06-18 02:32:47 AM  

notmtwain: jake_lex: I can't figure out what he's talking about at all. From TFA:

He was particularly furious at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told CNN on May 8 that the protests expressed the hope that as "the new term that President Putin is about to begin, Russia will be able to continue democratizing, protecting, and respecting the rights of all Russian citizens, ensuring that there is a level playing field for political and economic participation."

"It's horrendous. It's despicable," Kasparov said of Clinton's comments on Putin's inauguration. "When people are facing criminal charges and the regime is about to start massive repression, this is encouragement for Putin to do whatever he wants."

Secretary Clinton's comment does not sound to me like she is "encouraging" Putin at all. It's a pretty tepid statement, and I can see how he'd be disappointed, but his criticism seems off base.

I agree. I think he missed her indirect criticism of Putin.


Some people would argue that to not publicly condemn tyrants outright is to support them. "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" and all that.

These people typically don't work for the state department.
 
2012-06-18 04:45:34 AM  

GAT_00: Alekhine's Defense? Really? That is one of the dumbest defenses in the book.


Seriously, it's how I often started games when I was a kid and didn't know anything better.
 
2012-06-18 05:31:19 AM  
Apparently repeating a meme is very, very wrong now. Sorry submitter, but it seems you've committed a crime against humanity.
 
Esn
2012-06-18 05:40:02 AM  
This guy gets a lot more attention in the West than he does in Russia.
 
2012-06-18 05:42:25 AM  

knight_on_the_rail: GAT_00: Alekhine's Defense? Really? That is one of the dumbest defenses in the book.

I can't tell if you're joking or not, but either way it's obvious that you have no idea what you're talking about...


I'm guessing it's Kasparov's favorite? It's an insane defense, it leaves black totally underdeveloped and is highly dependent on white not effectively countering it.
 
2012-06-18 09:40:19 AM  
Finally. A version of this cliche headline that didn't make me roll my eyes.
 
2012-06-18 10:11:19 AM  

GAT_00: knight_on_the_rail: GAT_00: Alekhine's Defense? Really? That is one of the dumbest defenses in the book.

I can't tell if you're joking or not, but either way it's obvious that you have no idea what you're talking about...

I'm guessing it's Kasparov's favorite? It's an insane defense, it leaves black totally underdeveloped and is highly dependent on white not effectively countering it.


And then when you lure your opponent in with a false sense of superiority, bam! Sneak attack!
 
2012-06-18 10:12:22 AM  
Oddly enough, we need Russia's help more than we need Kasparov's.
 
2012-06-18 12:23:05 PM  

GAT_00: knight_on_the_rail: GAT_00: Alekhine's Defense? Really? That is one of the dumbest defenses in the book.

I can't tell if you're joking or not, but either way it's obvious that you have no idea what you're talking about...

I'm guessing it's Kasparov's favorite? It's an insane defense, it leaves black totally underdeveloped and is highly dependent on white not effectively countering it.


Actually, it allows white to build a nice center game for the purpose of making that center the target of attack during the middle game. It requires precise play, but it's quite sound. Black just can't let himself get pushed off the edge of the board.

Anyways, I always though Kasparov's game had more in common with Tal than Alekhine.
 
2012-06-18 06:12:15 PM  

Esn: This guy gets a lot more attention in the West than he does in Russia.


I wonder why

www.scholarsandrogues.com

Nevermind
 
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