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Gary Kasparov says the only worthwhile things in the Soviet Union are brains and chess, and the only thing worth doing in chess is beating former world champion Anatoly Karpov so soundly he gives up the game.

These strong opinions are from an interview in New York by Lyndsay Griffiths of Reuter News Service."The charismatic world chess champion sees himself as a maverick who beat the Soviet system and its favorite son Karpov, a man he dismissed as a pawn of the establishment."

His blunt criticism of Karpov is matched by his outspoken attacks on the Soviet Union, a nation whose future he predicts will be stained with blood.

"Even the caviar has gone downhill; there is just our brains and our national sport," Kasparov told Griffiths.

"Every republic is fighting for independence, and I think it will get bloody," said Kasparov, who also condemns the West's support for "moderate dictator Mikhail Gorbachev."

"The official Western policy is to sell democracy down the river. International relations are more important," he said.

Half Jewish, half Armenian, Kasparov grew up in Azerbaijan. He now lives in Moscow and considers it his duty to speak up for the republics facing the might of the Kremlin. "You see, my life is not chess. You cannot avoid politics in the Soviet Union."

Kasparov first won the world chess title five years ago. He was in New York to announce he would defend the title there later this year. Half the contest will be held in New York and half in Lyon, France.

He is, of course, supremely confident there is nobody who can beat him.

He speaks English with an American flavor, with ease and with charm. A grandmaster at the age of 17, his assured manner is matched by his aggressive playing style.

He has played the game for 20 of his 26 years and says it not only makes him money - he expects to make $3 million this year - but wins him freedom.

"In the Soviet Union, sport and art are the only chance to get a good life - to feel independent from the system.

"The Soviet Union wants people who will obey forever, but my character does't fit. I could be much more comfortable if I made conformist statements," he said.

And that's his case against 39-year-old Karpov.

"Karpov is a symbol of the system. He always fits in - with Breshnev, Chernenko, now Gorbachev. It's time for him to leave the stage," he said.

While Karpov's play has been compared to a cautious spider spinning a web around its victim, Kasparov once said his heart was with the eccentric U.S. genius Bobby Fischer, who played all-out to win every game.

Kasparov predicts he could have beaten Fischer if the greatest American chess player hadn't dropped out of the game.

"Fischer is like a ghost - he disappeared. We never played and we never will. But I think I'm better," Kasparov said. "Chess is an intellectual battle that can beat you. Maybe that's what happened with Fischer - he lost against chess."

"When I first won the world title, a former champion said, `I feel sorry for you - your happiest days are gone.' But I still play good chess and I still have energy - that's what makes me special," he said.

-WIRELESS - Like the telegraph, the radio was used by chess players very soon after its invention.

Guglielmo Marconi erected a radio station on the Isle of Wight, off the coast of southern England, and in 1901 this station made the first 200-mile communication by radio.

Wireless telegraphy was soon adopted by ships at sea, where the telegraph and telephone had been useless.

The first reported game of chess by radio took place in 1902, between the steamships Campania and Philadelphia.

Both ships were bound for New York and were 70 miles apart. They adjourned the game for dinner and were unable to make radio contact afterward, so the game remained unfinished.

-CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Dean Thompson, Hal Harmon, Ardean Watts, William D. Price, William DeVroom, Harold Rosenberg, Glannin Cloward, David L. Evans, Ted Pathakis, Gene Wagstaff, Kay Lundstrom, Joan Nay, Ann Neil, Paul R. Lindeman, Brian Harrow, Jim Turner, Covert Copier, Edwin O. Smith and John N. Neilsen.