Reports | March 03, 2007 5:56

[lang_nl]Ilyumzhinov komt met voorstel WK-cyclus[/lang_nl][lang_en]Ilyumzhinov comes with proposal Wch cycle[/lang_en]

[lang_en]Today, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has come with a proposal for the World Championship cycle for the coming 6 years. At the end of January this year, the FIDE Presidential Board in Antalya had tasked the FIDE President to make a decision until today. According to the FIDE website, "when making such a decision, the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took into consideration the different opinions, including the opinions of national chess federations, chess public and top Grandmasters. Also, marketing point of view was one of a decisive stimulus."[/lang_en][lang_nl]Vandaag is FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met een voorstel gekomen voor de cyclus van het wereldkampioenschap voor de komende 6 jaar. Eind januari had het FIDE-bestuur in Antalya de FIDE President de taak gegeven dit uiterlijk vandaag te doen. Volgens de FIDE website 'heeft FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov bij het maken van zijn beslissing de verschillende meningen, waaronder die van de nationale schaakfederaties, de schaakfans en de topgrootmeesters in overweging genomen'. Bovendien zou het marketingperspectief 'van doorslaggevende betekenis' zijn geweest.[/lang_nl]

Moscow, 1 March 2007

Dear Chess Friends,

Following the decision of the Presidential Board at its meeting in Antalya, I was tasked to take a decision on the World Chess Championship cycle and the World Chess Cup.

After a thorough examination of the responses from the top Grandmasters and ACP and based on my consultations with national federations and various representatives of the chess public, I have resolved as follows:

1. In respect of the World Championship Cycle, to approve Proposal A. The proposal is very simple and seems to me to be easier to explain to sponsors, the mass media and chess lovers throughout the world. This proposal gives more prestige to the World Cup and its winner. Choosing this proposal, we are going to continue the long tradition of chess championship matches,, established in 1886. I am sure that everyone will like the clash of different styles, characters and approach to chess during these matches.

2. In respect of the World Chess Cup: 126 participants. First stage ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 14 groups, 9 players each. Second stage: 14 group winners + 4 best of those who came second in the groups. At the second stage 18 players are divided into 2 groups, 9 players each. The group winners play a match of 4 games. The duration of the tournament is 26 days.

Taking into consideration the experience of other sport Federations and the opinions in favour of the tournament of 8 players, I am proposing hereby to organize ?¢‚Ǩ?ìFIDE Masters` Cup?¢‚Ǩ? in November and /or December of each even year for the first 6 players according to the rating list (Double Round Robin system), with the minimum prize fund of 500,000 (five hundred thousand) USD.

Gens Una Sumus,

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Proposal A

The proposal is to terminate the World Championship Tournament and keep the World Cup as a Candidates tournament to find a challenger for a World Championship match. So in every odd year there will be only the World Cup (2007, 2009, 2011, etc.) and the respective winner will play every next year (2008, 2010, 2012, etc.) a match against the World Champion.

The chronological breakdown:

a1. 2008: The winner from WCCT 2007 in Mexico plays a World Championship match against the previous World Champion. If Kramnik does not win the WCCT 2007, then Kramnik can challenge the winner of Mexico in the first part of 2008. If Kramnik wins in Mexico, then the right to challenge goes to the previous World Champion, ie Topalov.

a2. 2009: The winner of the "a1" match plays a World Championship match against the winner of the 2007 World Cup which will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk.

a3. 2010: The World Champion (winner of "a2") plays a World Championship match against the winner of the 2009 World Cup,

a4. 2012: The World Champion (winner of "a3") plays a World Championship match against the winner of the 2011 World Cup,

a5. 2014: The World Champion (winner of "a4") plays a World Championship match against the winner of the 2013 World Cup,

and so on.


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jussu's picture

A funny part of this proposal is that Topalov would desperately hope for his "old friend" Kramnik to win in Mexico.

Seventhfile's picture

Couldn't Ilyumzhinov make it easier for Kramnik? This shows again the kind of support that the champion?? has. I think we'll see an actual Champion out of FIDE in the near future, maybe from a match of the the grand slam's best placed ones.

jussu's picture

It's quite tough to Kramnik. He defended his title in 2006, if he manages to defend his title in 2007, he'll have to defend it one extra time in 2008 and then routinely in 2009. Traditionally, the world champion should have much easier life. But in any case, this scheme is good once the transfer period is over.

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