“Are you kidding? We’re probably the only two sane people left in the world.”
Moammar Gadhafi… appears to be in a razor-sharp mental state, says [Kirsan Ilyumzhinov], the head of the World Chess Federation…
Mr. Ilyumzhinov said he found the Libyan leader mentally alert, and that he betrayed no sign of apprehension as they played chess and chatted for about two hours on Sunday.
He produced video footage of himself bantering with Mr. Gadhafi, who was clad in black and brown and wearing sunglasses although the two men sat indoors. The meeting took place in a government office building in Tripoli, he said.
He said that Mr. Gadhafi shrugged off international demands for him to resign, and that the NATO campaign appeared to have hardened his resolve to stay…
Mr. Ilyumzhinov, whose own eccentricities paved the way for his loss of a regional governor’s job in Russia last year, said he took the trip to Tripoli on his own initiative, promoting chess in Africa for the World Chess Federation.
Some suggest that Mr. Ilyumzhinov is too unstable himself to judge anyone’s mental state. He has claimed that he communicates with fellow Russian citizens telepathically, and insisted in several interviews last year that space aliens abducted him from his apartment in Moscow and took him to a spaceship parked above the city. After an “excursion” to a distant solar system, they brought him back in time for a business trip the next day, he said.
You can see why I am not worried about FIDE. It is too late to worry.
4 thoughts on “Chess bureaucrat who visits space aliens declares Gadhafi in fine mental shape. Huh?? Wha??”
Really skilled chess masters needn’t be sane.
I agree with this– but really skilled bureaucrats need to be, even when they are, like Ilyumzhinov, also skilled chess masters.
Ya, what is it with these chest masters?
Do you know how many times– in school days long past– I had to hear people say that they also “play chest”?