Rep. Christopher Cox

U.S. House of Representatives

Recognizing the Retirement of Russian Chess Champion Garry Kasparov

May 24, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I wish to take a moment to honor the world's greatest chess player, Garry Kasparov, on the occasion of his retirement.

To chess enthusiasts around the world, Garry Kasparov's announced retirement from professional chess comes as an enormous disappointment. By the standards of international chess he is the greatest chess player of all time. His retirement at the relatively youthful age of 41 raises questions about unfulfilled possibilities. But given his legendary achievements, we can only stand in profound admiration. He is a true champion.

Throughout his career, Garry Kasparov has been a champion of human rights as well. He has been resolutely committed to the freedom of Russia and all of her citizens, and to the replacement of the grisly legacy of Soviet communism with genuine democracy, free speech, freedom of the press, religious liberty, and the rule of law. As chairman of Committee 2008: Free Choice, Mr. Kasparov is leading a natural coalition of concerned Russians dedicated to safeguarding democratic institutions in that country. It is a task worthy of his considerable ability.

Mr. Speaker, for over a decade I have had the privilege of calling Garry Kasparov a good friend. I know that everyone in this chamber shares with me their good wishes for his continued success, of gratitude for all that he has given of himself and to make the world a better place.

See the original in the Congressional Record on Page E1077

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