Chess without a king?
March 11, 2005 12:14 PM Subscribe
Kasparov retires. Garry Kasparov
, ranked the #1 chess player in the world (and who's at least among the top three players all-time) said the 2005 Linares tournament
will be his last
as a professional player.
It seems this announcement leaves professional chess and FIDE
, at least, in a bit of a bind. Although he's not an official champ, he's still ranked as the strongest player by FIDE.
If he really is gone, how much legitimacy will any successor as "unified champ" have? Or does it really matter? How many people on Metafilter care about this, and is it more or less than those who worry about the hockey strike?