an agent of the Russian government.Hang on, let me correct myself, it was actually Nigel who said that, a very long time ago in the middle of June. Still, a couple of days before, Kasparov himself was quoted thus:
Back then, Dvorkovich was an agent of Russian soft power, Nigel was against him and so was Kasparov, and everything was clear to us. Now, it's not so clear, and while we are hearing plenty from Nigel on the subject, none of it particularly easy to swallow, all seems quiet on the Kasparov front.
Which is his perfect right, of course, and I'm not much of a one for drawing many conclusions from what people don't say, as opposed to what they do.
But it's just a little curious, given that Garry's known interests include
(a) Vladimir Putin ; and
(b) the leadership of the chess world
and do not include
(c) keeping his opinions to himself on any subject, let alone (a) and (b).
So it seems to me that it would be at least potentially illuminating if any chess journalists were to ask him whether he has any thoughts on the matter of the FIDE Presidential contest, on Arkady Dvorkovich's proximity to Russian political power or on Nigel Short's proximity to Arkady Dvorkovich.
Garry's playing chess (sort of) in St Louis this week. Is there anybody who is in a position to ask him, while he's there?