Ruslan Ponomariov | June 15, 2012 14:57

It's a FIDE world

Hello, everyone!

It's been long since I last wrote on my ChessVibes blog. For those who don't follow my chess news on www.twitter.com/Ponomariov or on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/Ruslan.Ponomariov, I want to assure you that your humble servant still lives, leads an active life and still does not intend to quit professional chess :)

Not long ago, on a live Russian program available on this link, the editor-in-chief of Chess-news Evgeny Surov offered to start a blog on their site. To be honest, it would be easier for me to keep a blog in my native Russian language, since I usually end up writing these entries in Russian and having them translated into English, but I decided to stick to my blog on ChessVibes, where I write rarely enough as it is, and I hope chess journalists can find some compromise instead of starting a language war like the one seen lately at the Ukrainian parliament.

This entry is going to be a sort of rant about my latest FIDE disappointment, but before I start whining about my personal misfortunes, I would like to begin on a more positive note regarding the recent World Championship match.

Just like many others, I followed the Anand-Gelfand match closely. I heard and read many negative comments, about how short the games were, or the low level of play of the World Champion, etc. I agree with many opinions, but I would rather focus on the positive aspects, which are sometimes forgotten or left aside:

From my point of view, the organization of the match was superb! I think it has set an example for organizers of future events and competitions. Only the parallel live commentaries of Svidler and Karjakin, who could have themselves played in this very match, made all the rest worthwhile!

I thought it very positive that the match didn't take place in the country of one of the contenders, but in neutral territory. This probably helped both Anand and Gelfand to feel that they were playing in equal conditions.

As a spectator, I was happy that the match went on to the rapid games, so the mystery was kept until the very end and no one was sure who would win. There was time for everyone to drink beer and make their bets! I even wish it had gone down to blitz, but it was over after the rapid games.

I admit that my support was rather for Gelfand in this match. It's a pity he didn't manage to win. This result would have been more interesting, because now Anand can rest on his laurels for another two years.

And from the World Championship let me move on to the World Blitz Championship, the object of my rant.

Tha last World Blitz Championship took place in Moscow in November 2010. Usually, as opposed to the World Championship, it is held every year, but since 2010 only now has FIDE announced the next one, to be held in Astana, which I only found out recently on the Internet

I was honestly pissed off at the fact that nobody from FIDE contacted me on this regard and I had to get this information from third parties, despite the fact that already in February 2011 a selection was made where me and another five players were qualified to play in the World Blitz Championship. Although the games were not played on electronic boards, I managed to remember some of my games and decided to share them with you:

PGN file

There has been no explanation, no apologies, and personally I wonder whether there is any logic on the part of the organizers where the selection of finalists is concerned. Apparently, they have taken into account the January 2012 rating list, but first of all, this list represents classic chess results, and not blitz; second, this is just one list, whereas FIDE usually makes an average out of several lists. For example, for the selection of players for the Grand Prix they used the lists of January 2012 and July 2011. I think it could be a better idea to consider the results from the latest World blitz championship, European blitz championship or even the Mind Games if you still don't have ratings for blitz and rapid.

To tell the truth, fortunately I have not been financially affected by FIDE's decision not to include me in this WBCh, since I'm playing in Dortmund, then the Ukrainian Championship in Kiev, and finally at the Olympiad in Istanbul, but nevertheless I felt a moral obligation to share this experience with you, so that these things don't go unnoticed.

Other than that, I'm just planning to focus on my preparation and do my best in upcoming competitions!

Best wishes to all,

Ruslan

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Ruslan Olegovich Ponomariov is a Ukrainian chess player and former FIDE World Champion.

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Anonymous's picture

Good to hear that Ponomariov will be playing Dortmund, I missed him at Tal memorial. He's a great player and gentleman but unfortunately he has gotten a lot of sh*t from Fide and other chess organisations ever since the proposed match with Kasparov.

Greg's picture

As it currently stands FIDE is a totally disfunctional organization and should be overhauled. There are to many decisions that have no rationality. There has to be some rules that need to be followed on selection of players etc etc, not just in the blitz but the world championship cycle as well.

Anonymous's picture

Go Pono!

Casaubon's picture

Mr.Ponomariov, you are among a select few in a unique standing in the chess world. As chess fans, our voice is small but you and other top players are in a position to do something about the widespread corruption and incompetency that exists in FIDE. FIDE can't exist without the support of chess players and perhaps it's time someone reminded them of that fact.

ronaldo banaag's picture

Wesley So should be at the least. 2011 world blitz qualifier at aeroflot he was 1 of the top 5. He is the best asian blitz player. Come on, lets have some new exciting players on the list.

PrinceHope's picture

I agree with you...this so unfair....being unfair is wrong decision i know Wesley so is waiting for it...
Remember Kasparov broke up with fide....maybe because fide sometimes decides wrong.... Matagal ko nang hinihintay to...Philippines competing on wOrld speed chess...bat sila ganun..walang kwenta ang President nila mag isip naman sila ng matino

Bert's picture

Thank you for sharing and taking the effort in translating.

odoaker's picture
RealityCheck's picture

Pono, just face it, you are one of the select few who wasn't invited. Would you like your Non-Participation Ribbon now or after the tournament?

P.S.: Had you qualified for the world championship match you would have done better than Anand or Gelfand. And yes, you would have kerrrrrushed Kasparov had he been man enough to play you back then.. Just dwelling on the positive aspects....

boardgame's picture

check, check... not working

Chess Fan's picture

You make valid points in my opinion, though in a sarcastic way. But to be fair to Pono, he was probably misguided in his decision after he won FIDE WCh 2001 (Pono, hats off to you for that) into not playing Kasparov by his manager Danilov, which might have changed everything for him if he had played and wpn against Kasparov.
Hope Pono learned his harsh lesson, if he is lucky to get another such chance in his life.
As a player, Pono, I wish you the very best. I know you are very talented.

Anonymous's picture

"Just like many others, I followed the Anand-Gelfand match closely. I heard and read many negative comments, about how short the games were, or the low level of play of the World Champion, etc. I agree with many opinions".

Now I understand RealityCheck's comment, and I agree!

Anonymous's picture

@Anonymous You made my day! Not because you agree with me on this one but, you took a minute to take a close look at the dialog. You hit the nail right on the head. Got to its core. Good eye.

Anonymous's picture

I agree with you...this so unfair....being unfair is wrong decision i know Wesley so is waiting for it...
Remember Kasparov broke up with fide....maybe because fide sometimes decides wrong.... Matagal ko nang hinihintay to...Philippines competing on wOrld speed chess...bat sila ganun..walang kwenta ang President nila mag isip naman sila ng matino

patzer's picture

Dear grandmaster,
I am very, very sympathetic.This is most unfair on the part of FIDE.

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