Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kirsan Bags Presidency

In the game of chess, there is such a thing as a "first move advantage". It is the advantage inherent to the player with the white pieces by virtue of them moving first. But in politics, it is often best to move second. Like in giving speeches, for example, because that way there is always a chance to out-bullshit your opponent.

 That appears to be exactly what Kirsan did last night in the hotly contested FIDE elections. Kasparov says US$10 million, so Kirsan says US$20 million. The only problem is we're not quite sure if Kirsan's largesse is "new money" or "old money". Even he is not sure!


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