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Here is Owen William's response to Mr. Hsu: [Date 13 January 2000]
Feng Hsiung Hsu's open letter is extraordinarily misleading and he demonstrates a troubling ability to ignore certain responses and to take items out of context or make them up and put them in his letter as facts. In his Open Letter he says:
"...Owen never said a straight yes or no to my question of whether Kasparov was interested in a match. "
If you read the next paragraph, you will see his inability to read plain English. On Nov. 30th, I had responded as follows:
"With regard to a match against a computer, Garry would be happy to consider a Challenge under the right circumstances with the rules carefully laid out."
I went on to explain to Mr. Hsu that for Garry to consider a match, the prizemoney would have to be substantial, that putting his World Title on the line with an untried and untested opponent did not make any sense at all and suggested politely but firmly that Mr. Hsu would have to get his program up and running on his own or with a backer and then play many games including other computer programs and to establish himself as THE CONTENDER.
Obviously, Mr. Hsu did not like my answers very much, became belligerent and made threats and even grandly imposed deadlines.
On Dec. 3rd, amongst other things, I repeated to him:
"Your tone is quite hostile and with angry people, I like to keep my responses simple. Garry remains ready, willing and able to play a serious match against a computer - under the right conditions."
So persistent did Mr. Hsu become that on Dec. 21s I wrote to him:
"He (Kasparov) will not be associated with an open letter like this. It is not the way he does business and it would run counter to discussions he is having with others."
The next day Mr. Hsu sent a draft letter intended to go out openly soliciting sponsors on his and Garry's behalf!
On Dec. 23rd, I replied as follows:
"I think that maybe I am not expressing myself very clearly. Mr. Kasparov does not authorize you to say anything at all. I hope this is very clear."
Incredibly, Mr. Hsu wrote once again, wanting Garry's authorization for another letter.
My last e-mail (in exasperation) was:
"You continue making statements which are your words and not Garry's. Please read what I have sent you very carefully."
Effectively, Mr. Hsu had many strikes against him:
He behaved as if he was Deep Blue and we know he is not.
Ironically, Mr. Hsu waited until two and a half years after the match to set up a flurry of e-mails which almost from the beginning were threatening in nature. On reflection, I firmly believe that he knew his offer had no credibility and he was looking for a little publicity and some notoriety.
For any of you who still think Mr. Hsu was above-board, just put yourself in his position. Would you not have called up and said,
"Hsu here. Let's put our heads together and see if we can make this thing work."
That's not a good idea if all you want out of this is to have a go at THE WORLD CHAMPION!