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The Full English Breakfast #22: Championship Fever

The Full English Breakfast #22: Championship Fever

I'll take a World and US Championship, no fruit, and hold the draws please. Or, in other words: The Full English Breakfast #22 is out!

About the Full English Breakfast

Mission: Bring the serious chess news analysis. VERY serious, and not at all witty. Definitely not tongue in cheek. ;) Origins: The Full English Breakfast started life as a late night brainstorm at the 2009 GibTel (now Tradewise) Chess Festival in Gibraltar. Trent and Macauley struck up a conversation about things missing in the chess media, and hit upon the idea of doing a podcast combining the serious with the slightly sophomoric. Trent quickly brought in his pal Stevie G. dramatically raising both the intellectual and the dialectical heft of the new ensemble. And the rest, as they say, is hysterical.

The Full English Breakfast #22

Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura. Credit: Alexey Yushenkov [courtesy FIDE], and Macauley Peterson


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David Wagle's picture

Let's make the world championship more "sporting." Extend it to 24 games, but play three games a day, over eight days. No rest days. Allow the WC to keep the crown on a draw and get rid of the tie breaks. Us patzers playing weekend tournaments play multiple games a day all the time. Over 8 days, physical conditioning will matter for the players as much as mental preparation.

Eliminate the draw offer entirely. Games should only have their natural outcome -- mate, resignation, stalemate or draw by repetition.

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neil's picture

anand should have pressed gelfand in the classical games where he had large time advantage in an equal position instead of wimping out.
showing true champion spirit.

i just wish gelfand had played his normal game rather than letting success in game 7 go to his head.

rapid games are a poor substitute for real chess

well at least its over!

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Lee's picture

Here's a rundown of the contents.

- WCC. The match, the draws, psychology etc

- WCC. Discussion of ideas proposed by Kramnik and Frederic Friedel to address the number of draws.

- US Championships. With a short interview with Nakamura.

Rrandom thoughts:

Macauley gets in the trenches by discussing rather than just moderating in this podcast, which is a pleasing change. That's not to say that all these podcasts need an adversarial element, but it's nice to see the pressure put on LT & SG to defend a position. As an example, a couple of episodes back, LT was calling the zero tolerance rule terrible (which is true) but his arguments against it were so terrible, he deserved to be stopped and called out by the other guys for talking gibberish. It was funny to listen to though.

Nakamura shows himself to be one of the more eloquent chessplayers running around in the brief interview. If more leading players were able to respond to questions as easily as this and with a tough of humour, chess wouldn't be seen as so dour.

Lee's picture

"tough of humour" = "touch of humour"

how about an edit button chessvibes?

Anonymous's picture

I thought that maybe that was a non-American English idiom. : )

ra's picture

Their "ultima ratio" against innovative proposals (like draw offer valid for 10 moves) was "that it qould change the character of the game" -- OK, what's wrong with that? It's exactly the character of the game you would like change between certain players, it's exactly the character of the game that was the problem with the Anand-Gelfand world championship match. Not at all chess itself, but the character some players (and only some) attribute to it.

bob's picture

I think that the draw offer "lasting" a few moves is a very interesting idea. They argued against it by saying for example that mate can occur during the period of "draw in hand". You could say that mate would trump the draw offer (if you get mate then you win despite having offered draw), and that therefore a draw offer would be more like a challenge. You could even vary the number of cool-off moves from tournament to tournament.

An unbiased chess fan's picture

anand 'short'changed the chess world - thank you so much for such a world champion

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