As someone who hasn’t played many tournaments of late it’s always interesting to see what other former competitors are up to. Garry Kasparov has certainly kept himself busy defending humanitarian causes and giving numerous interviews about Russia, but the chess player is still there. Knowing that a certain young journalist would interview him Kasparov learned more about him and was ready. Old habits die hard.
This is one of the things about chess that has lasting value, at least when you do it properly. Competitive chess is a tough arena which teaches valuable survival skills. The same can not necessarily be said about other specialist disciplines.