Garry Kasparov on Bill Maher

by Frederic Friedel
11/17/2018 – On Friday American comedian, talk show host and political agitator had, for the third time at least, former World Champion Garry Kasparov on his show. Kasparov, who lives in quasi-exile in New York, is a ferocious critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and in recent years has been equally critical of the US President Donald Trump. You can watch the Real Time with Bill Maher show on HBO, or catch the section with Kasparov on YouTube.

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You probably know Bill Maher. He is an American TV talk show host and political commentator who in 1993 started a show called Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central (and then on ABC).

Bill MaherIn 2003 he switched to HBO and has hosted the political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher until today. Maher is famous for his comedic skills, his sarcasm, satire and political commentary. He is known as a vocal critic of creeping political correctness, of bureaucracy, religion, and currently of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Maher supports LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, as well as the legalisation of marihuana. In 2010 he received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

You certainly know Garry Kasparov: born in Azerbaijan, 13th World Chess Champion, dominated the chess world for decades, retired in 2005, etc. He now lives in New York and is chairman for the Human Rights Foundation. Kasparov is a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin — which is clear from his book Winter is Coming. Since 2016 his ire has also been directed at US President Donald Trump.

Kasparov has an article in Fight for Liberty, a newly published book (October 2018) that makes an urgent case for liberal democracy — reinvigorating its central values in an age of doubt and discord. You can read the entire article in the Amazon preview section — it starts on page 61.

On Friday Kasparov was on Real Time with Bill Maher, the last show before a two-month pause. He was quick-witted and eloquent, and displayed an astonishing degree of knowledge about US politics, including the Midterm Elections:

Garry Kasparov's recent appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher

If you want to catch the whole November 16th Real Time show, including Kasparov's interaction with the other guests, you can watch it on HBO or find a relatively good quality post on YouTube (like this one).

We remind our readers that this is not the first time Garry has been on Bill Maher. This satellite appearance eleven years ago has historical value. And here is his May 1st 2015 visit — with his panel interaction. And if you get hooked, like we did, just search YouTube for Bill Maher Garry Kasparov.

Maher portrait | Angela George CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons



Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the ChessBase News page. Studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford, graduating with a thesis on speech act theory and moral language. He started a university career but switched to science journalism, producing documentaries for German TV. In 1986 he co-founded ChessBase.