Skipping over the alien-abduction business (though if I were a climate change sceptic I'd be a little more careful about drawing attention to other people's ludicrous beliefs) we are presented with this account of Ray's ill-starred 1986 campaign for world domination:
That's not the entire story: it leaves out, for instance, the ending. To refresh our memories, let us dig out Ex Acton Ad Astra:
Keene was a gifted pragmatist and well versed in the darker political arts, but he had hooked up with an even more adept practitioner. The world champion was vital to the Lucena/Keene campaign's hopes of swaying the third-world vote, but at the very last minute Kasparov informed them that they no longer had his support. By implication Kasparov was saying that he was prepared to let Campomanes win, even though he had spent nearly two years since the termination of the 84–85 match condemning Campomanes at every opportunity.Treachery eh? Well, one thing to be said about backstabbers is that they do at least understand one another, so in 1993 Garry and Ray were working together again like nothing had happened. As they were again in 2000. But never, one notices, for very long.
Keene and his supporters did not understand Kasparov’s motive at the time, but with hindsight it appeared that he wanted Campomanes in situ to increase support for the breakaway Grand Masters' Association, which would be launched the following year. In his public utterances Keene kept quiet about Kasparov's role in his campaign’s debacle, choosing instead to blame Lucena and others. With large royalties in the offing from a second edition of BCO, Kasparov’s treachery had to be accepted.
They're still close, though. Matter of fact they're so close you can barely tell them apart.
[Thanks to Pablo Byrne]
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