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Sunday, February 27, 2005

World Championship News

Since 1993, there have been two independent world championship titles, and despite reunification rumblings since 1996, the titles have remained divided. The Prague Agreement in 2002 offered some hope for a while, but with the apparent collapse of the Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov match a few weeks ago, it was back to square one. (See this post for details and links.)

But now, something new. According to the 2/28 issue of Chess Today, relaying information from Russian chess sites like this one, FIDE has proposed a double-round robin event with the following eight players: Kasimdzhanov, Adams, Kramnik, Leko, Kasparov, Anand, Topalov and Morozevich. The event, IF it happens, is scheduled to occur in October of 2005 in a country yet to be determined.

I like many aspects of the idea, but I suspect Kramnik won't, for at least three reasons. First, I think Kramnik's style is best suited to matches, not tournaments, so this probably hurts his chances for success. Second, while Kasimdzhanov (or Kasparov, were he to play and defeat Kasimdzhanov) as the FIDE champion would be plausibly seeded to face Kramnik on an even playing field, it's not as clear that the other players deserve such a privilege. Third, Kramnik, like Kasparov before him, has expressed a desire to maintain the classical world championship in its traditional form - qualifiers leading to a final match with the champion. If the follow-up to this event is going to be more knock-out events, then that too will serve as a deterrent to his participation.

In sum, we have reason for some optimism - but it's best to keep the bubbly on hold.


  • At 12:52 AM, Blogger Naisortep said…

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  • At 9:46 AM, Blogger Zek said…

    I doubt Kramnik would be on board either. There's is no recognition of his already holding a title.

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger Rakshasas said…

    This could work, except for the following:

    1) FIDE does not have enough details or the money in an escrow account, there is therefore absolutely no reason for the players or the fans to trust this will happen.

    2) There is no indication of what the future WC system will look like. And how does the 2005 WC tournament scheduled for "the end of the year" in Vietnam play into this?

    3) FIDE does not have a location, named sponsorship, or any logistical details worked out. It is grossly unfair to ask any world class player in any activity to trust in an organization as demonstrably inept as FIDE to come up with a suitable venue with reasonable notice.

    If FIDE had actually done more work on this than putting out a press release, it could have a hope of working, with or without Kramnik and Kasparov. But FIDE doesn't recognize that the chess world WANTS a classical match WC with a cycle that gives reason to believe that the WC is the best match player in the world.

    A double round-robin doesn't do that.

    Failing to answer such basic questions such as "and what's the cycle look like after this?" doesn't do that.

  • At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I totally agree with rakshasas. Is there any "sport" that has got such a great international organisation as chess? Is FIDE here to promote or extinguish chess? I think a Kramnik-Kasparov match for the world champion title is what the chess world needs. True, Kasparov might not deserve the chance any more than Anand for instance. But he is the most recognized player ever, and the chess world needs him as long as he can help. With his name it is easier to get sponsorship and that way hopefully get a WC-cycle running. But FIDE would need to come up with somekind of long-term plan.


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