Saturday, October 18, 2008

Quote of the Day...or not

Still can't get over Kramnik

Former world chess champion turns political activist, Garry Kasparov still can't get over to his string of losses he suffered to his former prodigy and second, Vladimir Kramnik as he made another disparaging remarks against him on his game three loss to the very same person Kasparov defeated in a championship match in 1995, Viswanathan Anand.

"Great choice by Vishy! [With 8..a6] he dragged Kramnik into this nightmare instead of allowing him to play slowly. It was good preparation and also good psychology to kick some sand in Kramnik's face and show him he wasn't afraid. I didn't see the whole thing, but when I came back from a meeting and saw the position after 22..Rg7 I thought Kramnik had had it. At first glance it looks like the game was well played by both players. Just looking at it I'm not sure why Kramnik couldn't play 33.Kb3. Maybe he can give up his queen and still draw with the a-pawn." On-the-fly comments from Garry Kasparov, recorded by Mig Greengard.

With all due respect to Mr. Kasparov, I simply don't get it. As far as I know, one should never mock a defeated player coming of a tough game and more importantly if he's battling on one of the biggest match of his life? Of course that was somewhat understandable on Kasparov part. Kasparov toy with Anand and Kramnik never had so many problems with Kasparov over the board. It's quite easy sometimes to be in friendly terms with players we usually dominates than those who completely dominates us. Kasparov is one of those people I guess. He never once said a good words to Kramnik following his 2000 WCC destruction to him where he was unable to pull off a single game. As WGM Susan Polgar put it: WIN WITH GRACE LOSE WITH DIGNITY!

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Anonymous said...

there are lots of ego involved here, naturally.

Eroica said...

amen. :)