Kasparov to run for Russian presidency

Well, it ought to be tough to out-think him.

The former world chess champion Garry Kasparov entered Russia’s presidential race on Sunday, elected overwhelmingly as the candidate for the country’s beleagured opposition coalition.

Kasparov has been a driving force behind the coalition, which has united liberals, leftists and nationalists in opposition to President Vladimir Putin. He received 379 of 498 votes at a national congress held in Moscow by the Other Russia coalition, coalition spokeswoman Lyudmila Mamina told The Associated Press.

Kasparov has become a thorn in Putin’s side to the point that Putin has had him investigated for “extremism.” Of course, Putin does that to just about everyone who opposes him.