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Grand Master Garry Kasparov Once Made an Interesting Claim on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Inspiration for Becoming Governor

Published 05/26/2022, 10:15 AM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man who can do anything. You name it and in a couple of days, he’ll be the champion in the field. However, did you know that the bodybuilding legend cum actor cum businessman cum former governor of California is also good at chess? In fact, the Terminator played a draw against the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Can you believe it? Of course, you can. It’s Arnold we are talking about. He can do anything.

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Clearly, in the above game, Arnold Schwarzenegger lost very badly. However, according to the Russian Grand Master and former world number one Garry Kasparov, the bodybuilding legend managed a draw against him in 2002. But the story doesn’t end here. There is something else that you need to know about Garry vs Arnold’s 2002 chess match.


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Kasparov made a weird claim about how Arnold Schwarzenegger became the governor

The Russian Grand Master took a dig at Arnold in a Twitter post dated back to 2020. In the caption, Garry Kasparov wrote, “I’ve always suspected that your draw against me in 2002 inspired you to run for Governator!” However, the mystery regarding his statement was the word ‘Governator.’ Clearly the word has been made from Arnold’s two different roles as Governor and Terminator, but what that implied only Kasparov can tell.

Though there is a possibility that Arnold might have thought that if he can play a draw against someone like Garry Kasparov, he can do anything in the world. Hence, he became the governor of California. (a fan theory)


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Is Arnold really a pro at chess?


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Well, there are no game records to reach any conclusion on that subject. However, Arnold’s involvement in the game has been very significant. In fact, the bodybuilding legend has done enough to promote chess on the international stage. In an interview, he said, “I started when I was eight with my father. I had to play with him every day. It was always part of me.”


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Given that he is Arnold Schwarzenegger who has been literally great at everything he tried, and he claims to have been playing chess since he was 8. Perhaps there is no further reason to doubt whether he is a pro in the game or just a fan.

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Saurav Panwar


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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.
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