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4) If you're a socialist, you can get plenty of games in Russia against Masters that will crush you for free. No matter how old you are, complaining what other people do with their money is childish, immature, and obnoxious.
With all due respect, I don't think someone should ridicule someone's else political beliefs, as surely you wouldn't like someone to ridicule your childish one (because honestly to say that you need to be a socialist to travel to Russia and get crushed by chess masters, is maybe what a 5 yo could think).
Keeping in mind that, if the goal is to play against the stronger masters in the world, I do believe it is enough few clicks on your computer.
1. Download arena free (not even 1 dollar)
2. Download Houdini 1.5 free and also without Nalimov tablebases it can beat Anand
3. Download Firebird, Critter, Stockfish and so on there are endless free engines which will beat the 99.9% of chess players and masters.
4. If you are rich and a true capitalist at heart: buy chessmaster GM edition, likely 10 dollars, and play against a 2800 players all the time you want!
So no need to challenge someone else political beliefs, no need to travel to Russia, and surely you can play against the real best players in the world, which you wouldn't play also if you spend 350 dollars.
If you don't like high entry fees support your local chess club or start your own.
The fact that people will pay upwards of $400 to play in one event with the delusion that they have chances to break even when they pinch their pennies rather than spending $10 or $15 to play in a local tournament (with 1 in 4 chance of tripling their money) shows that man is not an economicly rational beast.
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