Chess champ moves closer to presidential bid

A former world chess champion could get the nod as a presidential candidate in the upcoming Russian elections.

Garry Kasparov moved one step closer to securing the opposition nomination when he won the second round of primary voting held Tuesday by the country’s largest opposition group.

According to a report by the state news agency RIA Novosti, Kasparov garnered 66 of a possible 113 votes at the Moscow primary of the Other Russia, a loose coalition of anti-Kremlin opposition parties that will post a candidate in next year’s elections. Kasparov, whose father is Jewish, defeated ex-premier Mikhail Kasyanov, who finished second.

Other Russia will make its final decision on who will face off in a longshot bid against the Kremlin’s chosen successor at its party congress at the end of the month.

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