Garry Kasparov Quotes (37 Quotes)



    I have some strategical vision, I could calculate some few moves ahead and I have an intellect that is badly missed in the country which is run by generals and colonels.

    I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing; it's not a western invention.

    The only successor to President Putin is President Putin himself and we could of course dream about President Putin stepping down voluntarily and picking out successor which would be probably as bad as him.

    It's quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.


    It's absolutely vital now for Russia to make sure that democratic institutions will be resurrected and will go through the election process.

    It is pointless to discuss today who will run and how.

    I wouldn't overestimate the importance of my popularity in the country and abroad but at the end of the day it's not as important because I believe that my presence here could make some difference and it could encourage people.

    There are many ways of showing your protest and discontent without the actions of Kremlin.

    The scale of the man to whom we are bidding farewell today in no way corresponds to the paltry scale of today's authorities.

    Russian Parliament today is a bunch of puppets that just fall in with the instructions from Kremlin.

    If you make a decision to fight for future of your own country you have to consider all the consequences.

    I'm still number one and I just recently won a major tournament ahead of my toughest rivals so I think I had a few years ahead of me if I decided to stay.

    It was not about losing my mental power; it's about not feeling good about my contribution to the game.

    I may play some exhibition games so I don't want to quit the game of chess completely. I just decided and it's a firm decision not to play competitive chess anymore.


    I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy.

    We have to stop the propaganda, the shameful propaganda used by Kremlin to rehabilitate these old types.

    There are many facts showing that Putin's people enriched themselves by using power mechanisms so that's why for them losing power means losing their fortunes.

    The real political life in Russia unfortunately is not in the parliament but on the streets and in the media.

    More and more people in my country recognise the dangers of having their governors appointed by Putin and having no influence in parliament because Parliament today is also following instructions from Kremlin and no longer represents its people.

    Putin can't afford to leave the office because he will be in real danger of being prosecuted for things he and his people did during their stay in power.

    I think our chances are not looking great today but the only way to fail for me is just not to try.

    So far it's very hard to prove that joining Europe or joining any other international organisation could change their lives for better.

    I have to play an opponent, a very powerful opponent, that studied all my games, that has a unique ability -- the best on the planet -- to collect all this information and analyze that, and I know nothing about him, ... I said 'him.' I meant 'it.'

    I feel that my chess strengths are still here, ... I believe I can still improve.

    I learned that fighting on the chess board could also have an impact on the political climate in the country.

    Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.

    I am lucky, ... that the popular sport in the Soviet Union was chess and not baseball.

    It didn't take long to recognise the shortcomings of the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world.

    I think that it's a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it's only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections.


    I have some security that could protect me against provocations but of course there are more terrible actions that could not be stopped by any security.

    I don't have to run for Presidency in Russia to feel good about myself. I already completed more than many people could have dreamed of.

    Ukraine had quite serious impact on the many Russians. They could see that ordinary people in Ukraine which is a bordering state, very close to Russia, the people of this state are, they didn't want to tolerate anymore the power abuse by Ukrainian officials.

    I think we have very steady records of President Putin, who inherited the country with democratic values.

    It was nothing to do about science, ... It was one zeal to beat Garry Kasparov. And when a big corporation with unlimited resources would like to do so, there are many ways to achieve the result.


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