Reports | August 24, 2007 19:48

[lang_nl]Henrik Carlsen over de WK-cyclus[/lang_nl][lang_en]Henrik Carlsen speaks out[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Op zijn in populariteit groeiende blog doet de vader van Magnus Carlsen, Henrik, enkele interessante statements over de huidige WK-cyclus en over de World Cup in december. Hij analyseert de situatie van nu en de privileges die zowel Vladimir Kramnik als Veselin Topalov ontving. Aangezien Henrik als insider het gecompliceerde verhaal enigszins weet te verhelderen, leek het me goed er hier melding van te maken.[/lang_nl][lang_en]On his increasingly popular blog, Magnus Carlsen's father Henrik made some interesting statements about the current world championship cycle and the World Cup in December. He analyses the current situation and the privileges that both Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov received. Henrik's insider's point of view clarifies the complicated matter a bit more and therefore deserves mentioning.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]De belangrijkste statements van Henrik:[/lang_nl][lang_en]Henrik's most important statements:[/lang_en]

"V. Kramnik will be playing in Mexico. More surprisingly he will get a re-match against the winner irrespective of the outcome.There are arguments for this solution - he did beat Kasparov in 2000, defended his title against Leko in 2004 and beat Topalov in 2006, the reintroduction of FIDE WC matches combined with the fact that Kramnik has not lost a WC match yet counts in his favour. But there are also strong arguments against. He did not allow Kasparov a re-match, he was not a FIDE World Champion before 2006, to public knowledge a re-match was not part of the Elista 2006 match agreement, and it is obviously unfair to the winner and runner up in Mexico if Kramnik ends 3rd or worse. In conclusion it is obvious that he has got a (too) good deal."

"The story about Topalov's sudden right to a challenger match against the World Cup winner follows the same lines. Although it seems odd to arrange Mexico without Topalov, he fell for his own Elista rules. The short story is; he obviously also got a (too) good deal. FIDE yielded to a strong Bulgarian delegation at the cost of the nameless World Cup winner and runner-up. In effect the World Cup final, as a WC match qualifier, has been relegated to a semi-final, the semi-final to a quarter-final etc."

[lang_nl]Hier vind je het volledige artikel.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Here's the full article.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Hieronder een schema van de huidige WK-cyclus. Klik op het plaatje voor een grotere weergave.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Here's a scheme of the current world championship cycle. Click on the image for a bigger view.[/lang_en]
Wch cycle

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Balaji's picture

The games headquarters has to move from god forsaken Esatern European Countries to modern nations like US, India and China.

The world needs better governance in chess.

Jackson Showalter's picture

My solution to World Championship disputes is simple:

I regard the stand-out super-GM tournament player as the reigning WC. If nobody is definitely the best, then the I regard the WC as vacant. In other words, for me the WC should be chosen by informal public acclamation with an eye toward the bread-and-butter style of professional chess, which ain't match play.

Under my approach, we can see that Karpov and then Kasaparov in turn were worthy WCs. Also, we would see that neither Kramnik nor Topalov are really stronger than Anand. Until one of these three starts dominating super-GM tournaments, as the Ks did in their respective salad days, we simply have no worthy WC, regardless of Mexico and FIDE machinations.

~~~~'s picture

Het plaatje is niet helemaal correct volgens mij, het houdt geen rekening met de mogelijkheid dat Kramnik wint in Mexico. In dat geval moet hij, als ik het goed begrepen heb, opnieuw een match tegen Topalov spelen (wat raar is) en daarna wordt de winnaar van de 2007 World Cup direct de nieuwe uitdager, zonder match tegen Topalov (wat goed is).

thorex's picture

That would be nice, but we live in modern times. You can play online anywhere, anytime. You have an amount of opening theory you can never learn in your whole life. You have computers, which do the analysis for you.

I think these factors will drive upcoming super-GMs to the limits of human intellect. I simply think, there won't be an totally outstanding player in the future.

?ô‚Ķ?õ?í?ò¬?'s picture

I wouldn't say it's as simple as having public approval. I don't mind the new format, it's strange; but could work out well. Nevertheless the fact that two individuals are getting preferential treatment is not right. I suppose if Kramnik and Topalov where miles ahead of the rest it would be, at the very least, understandable (but, still not fair.) There are other good players out there and Anand is certainly in their class, some would argue that he is better than them both (not me though, go Kramnik :).) I think FIDE should realize this is about the World Champion, about chess, not about their status or relationships with certain top players.

Having said all that I'm still really excited about the upcoming event, just a shame it's shadowed by dodgy politics.

Ron's picture

If in doubt, please replay the game Kramnik - Anand (Wijk aan Zee 2007) to know who is the best in the world. Not because VK beat Anand, but the sheer quality of his play (Kramnik - Gelfand from Dortmund was incredible as well).

Keith b's picture

I'll be glad when this whole mess will be over. FIDE and the ugly chess politics have totally spoiled everything and for too long. Until the dust settles, in my mind Kramnik is the world champion....everyone FIDE allowed to be world champion after the K-K match held outside of FIDE is suspect of the title...also a shame for them to have this shadow.

Lajos Arpad's picture

Recently P?ɬ©ter L?ɬ©k?ɬ? said in an interview, that he fully understands the decision that Kramnik got a rematch in the case of losing the title: He wasn't obliged to play in the Mexico tournament, but he decided to play to make things easier, it was a nice gesture and he was rewarded for that.
Topalov wsa first in San Luis, and, as the contract said, he has no right to play in Mexico, but Anand, Svidler, Morozevich will play there as 2-4 players in San Luis. Well, as Topalov was first, he surely deserves the port he got. Though i think he should be banned for 3 years for his unethical actions in 2006 from top tournaments.

Lajos Arpad's picture

"he surely deserves the port he got", i've meant post, not port.

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