BBC World Service: listen to Garry Kasparov

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3/31/2005 – "I was struck by how modest he sounded about his ambitions," says BBC political analyst in Moscow Masha Lipman about Garry Kasparov's plans to go into politics. "He wasn't sure whether he could make a difference, but he wanted to give it a try." Here's a substantial interview conducted on Wednesday by the BBC World Service. Catch it quickly.

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In the BBC interview Garry Kasparov speaks about his beginnings as a chess player, what it means when such great success comes to you so early in life, his successes and failures, his retirement, his political activities in the past and how he intends to participate in the political developments of his country. The BBC blurb reads:

Garry Kasparov
Today we speak to the chess champion Garry Kasparov as he retires from the game after 20 years as number one. An outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who now wants to use his intellect and strategic thinking in Russian politics, Heather Payton speaks to him about his childhood in Azerbaijan, his years as a chess champion and his plans for the future. And we'll be finding out just how credible he is as an emerging political force.

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