Reports | December 14, 2006 22:00

New dilemma for Kramnik (update)

[lang_nl]Opnieuw zit Kramnik met een flink dilemma. Was het twee maanden geleden de moeilijke keuze tussen het be?ɬ´indigen van de herenigingsmatch met Topalov of verder gaan met een reglementaire nul voor partij 5, nu moet de inmiddels tot wereldkampioen gekroonde Rus bepalen of hij wel of niet meedoet met het WK-toernooi in Mexico volgend jaar. Volgens eeuwige optimist Kirsan Iljoemzjinov is Kramniks deelname al zeker, maar er is natuurlijk maar ?ɬ©?ɬ©n persoon van wie we dat willen horen.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Again a huge dilemma has been delivered at Kramnik's doormat. Two months ago there was the difficult choice of leaving the reunification match against Topalov, or to continue with a loss by default in game 5. Now, the unified world champion from Russia has to decide whether he will play in the Wch tournament in Mexico next year. According to ever-optimistic Kirsan Ilyumzhinov the participation of Kramnik is a fact already, but naturally there's only one person we would like to hear confirming this.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Iljoemzjinov bracht het nieuws van Kramniks deelname gisteren in een interview met Yury Vasiliev op Chesspro.ru, tot nu toe alleen beschikbaar in het Russisch. Volgens Mig waren er 'uitgebreide onderhandelingen op de achtergrond gaande, niet alleen op een vriendelijke manier. Er zal nu waarschijnlijk een contract worden getekend, wellicht op een openbare persconferentie."

In het interview vroeg Vasiliev ook aan de FIDE-president of Kramnik verplicht was om eerst een returnmatch te spelen tegen Veselin Topalov. Iljoemzjinov zei dat de FIDE nog geen officieel aanbod van Bulgaarse kant had ontvangen. Volgens Topalovs fansite heeft Topalovs team vorige week in Bilbao verklaard dat ze binnen een week documenten over een returnmatch met Kramnik naar FIDE zouden sturen. "Danailov zei dat het FIDE-kantoor deze offici?ɬ´le documenten ook verwacht en dat de match in april zou moeten plaatsvinden."

Het ziet ernaar uit dat we binnenkort een reactie op Iljoemzjinovs uitspraak van zowel Kramnik als Topalov kunnen verwachten. Voor Kramnik is de keuze een moeilijke: als hij mee gaat doen zal hij de meeste schaakfans blij maken, maar tegelijkertijd loopt hij het risico al na een jaar zijn wereldtitel te verliezen. Bovendien zou het FIDE sterker maken in hun twijfelachtige beleid om WK-matches weg te flikkeren en met toernooien verder te gaan. Hoewel, gezien hun recente voorstel, lijkt FIDE weer op het juiste pad wat dat betreft.


Update 15 December, 09.30 uur: Topalovs fansite had gelijk want gisteren stuurde het team van Topalov een brief aan FIDE waarin het verzoekt om een rematch:

To Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: FIDE President
CC: Mr.Georgios Makropolous: FIDE Deputy President
CCO: FIDE Presidential Board

Official Proposal for World Championship match
Kramnik-Topalov
Dear All,

This is an official proposal for World Championship match Kramnik-Topalov, according to the FIDE regulations.

Patron of the match will be the President of Bulgaria Mr.Georgi Purvanov.

Place of the match: Sofia (Bulgaria)

Schedule: April 12-30th 2007 (preferable dates)

Reserve option: If FIDE insists on the regulation You can choose dates in March 2007, which is six months before Mexico.

Financial conditions: Price fund US Dollars one million and five hundred (net)

For the World Champion: One million USD (net)

For the challenger: 500,000 USD (net)

For FIDE: 20% of the price fund ; 300,000 USD (net)

The Organizing Committee cover all the expenses during the Match.

Please, be so kind to confirm the participation of the World Champion, as well the schedule of the match as soon is possible, in order to start the preparation of the event.

Best regards,
Silvio Danailov
President Kaissa chess management EOOD

De Bulgaren volgen het FIDE-rgelement dat aangeeft dat elke speler met een rating van 2700 of hoger de regerend wereldkampioen mag uitdagen in een WK-match van twaalf partijen, op voorwaarde dat de uitdager met een miljoen dollar op tafel komt. Zoals Chessbase opmerkt, mag de match uiterlijk 12 maart 2007 afgelopen zijn, wat betekent dat ?ɬ?f Kramnik Wijk aan Zee moet cancelen, ?ɬ?f Topalov Linares, om de match te kunnen laten doorgaan...[/lang_nl][lang_en]Ilyumzhinov brought the news of Kramnik's participation yesterday in an interview with Yury Vasiliev at Chesspro.ru, thus far only available in Russian. According to Mig "There were extensive negotiations about this going on behind the scenes, not all of them friendly. There will now likely be a new contract signed, perhaps at a public press conference.'

In the interview Vasiliev also asked the FIDE-president whether Kramnik was obliged to first play a return match against Veselin Topalov. Ilhumzhinov said that FIDE has not received any official offer from the Bulgarian side. According to Topalov's fansite, last week, at the blindfold event in Bilbao, Topalov's team said that they would present the documents for a return match with Kramnik within a week. "Danailov says that the FIDE central expects the official documents and that the match is supposed to take place in April."

And so it looks like we can expect a reaction to Ilyumzhinov's statement by Kramnik and Topalov soon. For Kramnk the choice is not easy: by participating he would make most of the chess fans happy, but in doing so he could lose his title within a year, and furthermore it would make FIDE stronger in their policy of ruling out Wch matches and organize tournaments instead. However, according to their recent proposal, FIDE seems to get back on track with that one.


Update 15 December, 09.30 hrs: Topalov's fansite was right because yesterday the Topalov team did send a letter to FIDE with a request for a rematch:

To Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: FIDE President
CC: Mr.Georgios Makropolous: FIDE Deputy President
CCO: FIDE Presidential Board

Official Proposal for World Championship match
Kramnik-Topalov
Dear All,

This is an official proposal for World Championship match Kramnik-Topalov, according to the FIDE regulations.

Patron of the match will be the President of Bulgaria Mr.Georgi Purvanov.

Place of the match: Sofia (Bulgaria)

Schedule: April 12-30th 2007 (preferable dates)

Reserve option: If FIDE insists on the regulation You can choose dates in March 2007, which is six months before Mexico.

Financial conditions: Price fund US Dollars one million and five hundred (net)

For the World Champion: One million USD (net)

For the challenger: 500,000 USD (net)

For FIDE: 20% of the price fund ; 300,000 USD (net)

The Organizing Committee cover all the expenses during the Match.

Please, be so kind to confirm the participation of the World Champion, as well the schedule of the match as soon is possible, in order to start the preparation of the event.

Best regards,
Silvio Danailov
President Kaissa chess management EOOD

The Bulgarians follow the FIDE regulation that states that any player with a rating of 2700 or higher can issue a challenge for a match of 12 games for the World Championship title against the incumbent World Champion, on the condition the challenger's side has to provide the prize fund of one million dollars. As is noted by Chessbase, the match cannot finish later than March 12th, 2007, which means either Kramnik has to cancel Wijk aan Zee or Topalov Linares for this match to happen...[/lang_en]

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Comments

Oak's picture

I don't think a world title should be at stake in a tournament, it should be a match. A match is what people remember: Fischer-Spassky, Karpov-Kasparov, Kramnik-Topalov and so on. Who will remember in 10 years that Topalov won in San Luis 2005. So, I agree with Kramnik who said practically the same thing in the latest issue of the New in Chess Magazine. Therefore it seems a bit odd that he agreed to play in Mexico. I am looking forward to the re-match!

Pieter Buzing's picture

A re-match? Please not!

I really don't get it.
In the negotiations for the reunification match Kramnik agreed to participate in the Mexico tournament, regardless of the outcome of the match. I can not remember that he said: "I'll participate in the Mexico tournament, unless I beat Topalov and can subsequently bargain for a better deal." Assuming that Mr Kramnik is a man of his word, he should therefore play in Mexico. Unless the three parties (Kramnik, Topalov, and Fide) all agree on a new deal. Such a "re-negotiation deal" should be supported by all three. If there is no concensus Kramnik (and Fide) should stick to the existing agreement, which is -and was- clear to every one. Well at least to me, a simple chess fan.

Also Topalov/Danailov should keep quiet now. The aim of this whole reunification endeavor was to create stability regarding the Title. To me this encompasses a low frequency of Title Fights (in whatever format). Of course Topalov can abuse the Fide rules and apply for a new match, but this would reduce the value of such a match and the title. What do they want? A new Champion every 6 months? And of course it would result in a full calendar as Ponomariov would then also point to the regulations and demand his shot at the title.

Sure, Fide is unreliable and corrupt, but Kramnik has to do what is right for the Chess World (he is the World's Champion!), instead of engaging a new negotiation round with all the possible consequences. Just play in Mexico, refuse all challenges, and submit to the new Fide proposal which should contain a long-term roadmap.

People who say that Kramnik has the right to defend his title in a match were also the people who supported Kasparov in 1993. Look where that got us.

Just my two cents.

Tom (Streatham Chess Club)'s picture

I think Kramnik will lose a lot of credibility if he doesn't turn up to the Mexico tournament.

Carles's picture

He should play against the winner of Mexico'07.

Dan Scoones's picture

Surely Kramnik's business sense will prevail, and he will accept Topalov's challenge and the automatic $1 million that goes along with it.

Johan Hut's picture

Kramnik en Topalov spelen allebei in Wijk aan Zee. De enige optie lijkt dus dat Topalov Linares cancelt. Ik denk dat het voor zijn goede naam beter is dat hij juist weer een paar van die toernooien wint, in plaats van er ?ɬ©?ɬ©n af te zeggen.

Johan Hut's picture

Mark Crowther (TWIC) heeft nog een regel in het FIDE-reglement gevonden die Danailov niet noemt:
But it does say that FIDE have five months to set the match up (which is way outside that date) which will probably be the get out clause. There is of course no chance Kramnik will accept the challenge.

mdamien's picture

The prospect of a "world championship" tournament in Mexico has troubled me, though I think the resolution is quite simple:

Kramnik puts his FIDE crown on the line in the tournament, but not his classical (i.e., legitimate) title. It's then stipulated that a re-reunification match between Kramnik and the tournament winner (assuming this isn't Kramnik) will take place under FIDE auspices, which will then return to a candidates cycle and championship matches (as Kirstan has alluded).

The span between the tournament and the renewed championship matches will end up just a hiccup in the history of an eventually-disregarded FIDE lineage.

And all will be well.

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