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WHAT OTHERS SAY: This time, Rex Sinquefeld is throwing his money at Russian campaigns

Monday, January 27, 2014 | 12:41 p.m. CST

Who knew the politics of international chess were so fraught with intrigue, big-money donors and allegations of vote-buying? So is it any surprise that Rex Sinquefield is involved?

The New York Times reported this week that Mr. Sinquefield, the retired investor whose return to his native St. Louis in 2005 opened new eras of (a) big-spending in Missouri politics and (b) big-time chess in St. Louis, is deeply involved with Garry Kasparov’s campaign for president of the World Chess Federation.

Mr. Kasparov, a Russian and former chess world champion, is running against longtime incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a Russian oligarch and former president of the little-known Russian Republic of Kalmykia. He believes that chess was invented by extraterrestrials, so he’s got that going for him.

He’s also got a lot of money, which, it is alleged, is how he’s managed to keep his hold on the World Chess Federation. Now, with Mr. Sinquefield’s backing, Mr. Kasparov also has a lot of money.

The first pawn to fall was longtime Ilyumzhinov supporter Ignatius Leong of Singapore. Along with Mr. Sinquefield, Mr. Leong is running for a federation seat on Mr. Kasparov’s ticket.

We wish them luck. Anything that might distract Mr. Sinquefield from Missouri politics should be encouraged.

Copyright St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reprinted with permission.


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Michael Williams January 27, 2014 | 3:21 p.m.

Rex Sinquefield: The current liberal boogieman.

What's Soros doing now? Anybody know? I've not seen the StL Post Dispatch discuss his activities in a while.

Like never.

Lol.

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John Schultz January 27, 2014 | 3:55 p.m.

The biggest change that I wish newspapers would adopt is getting rid of the generically-authored editorial. If someone feels strong enough to write something in a paper, either an editor or a reader, they darn well should put their name on it. I don't agree with all of Hank Waters' positions, but I do like that he signs his names to his opinion, unlike the Post-Dispatch and most other papers.

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Michael Williams January 27, 2014 | 5:46 p.m.

JohnS: I agree.

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