Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Byline: Alisha Davis

The Grandest Master Falls At the outset of last week's world chess championships, Garry Kasparov made typically egotistical proclamations that the world would be astounded by his level of play. And he was right. His 15-year reign as the chess king came to a shockingly lackluster end when Vladimir Kramnik, 25, his former protege, stripped him of not only his title, but his trademark arrogance. After the match, Kasparov, 37, described himself as "tired and depressed" and cited "personal reasons which prevented me from playing well." Others are attributing the loss to an extended Deep Blue funk since his 1997 defeat by the IBM supercomputer. One friend went so far as to cite supernatural reasons: "I just tell everyone that aliens have stolen his brain." Maybe an explanation should be his next move.

A Haunting Outfit Is it time for Bryant Gumbel to don a dress? While his "Early Show" continues to struggle, rival Matt Lauer is dragging in the ratings. The "Today" show got an extra boost on Halloween from viewers tuning in to see him dressed up as Jennifer Lopez--complete with his own version of that Versace dress and Al Roker as an extra-puffy Sean Combs on his arm. Lopez had trouble living down the revealing get-up and now Lauer may, too, but he says the garment he'll remember best is the one he had to wear underneath his suit during the rest of the three-hour show. "I'm talking to Rick Lazio about politics," he said after the taping, "but I'm thinking about my pantyhose." A big concern for many in the mornings. …

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