2012-05-31 : Questions Around World Championship Format
stirring around the qualifying format for the World Championship and in
typical blunt style Kasparov has thrown his weight behind the criticism.
everyone is asking, is if this is to determine who the best player in
the world is, where are the names of Calsen and Aronian? A
seemingly valid question considering that Boris is currentkly ranked
20. Kasparov's opinion is that for the first time in history, the
WCC match doesn't seem to decide who is the strongest player in the
He is not criticising Anand or Gelfand for sure, but the
qualifying system that as Carlsen forecasted, showed a completely
failure in Kazan and ratified in Moscow.
Even a speculative player like Grischuk, who almost did it for the
match, advocates to introduce such a controversial issue, as using
chess960 to decide the WCC.
So if Kasparov, Carlsen, Grischuk and many others criticize the
running format, something is going wrong. Why is that? Because of chess
engines opening preparation. In old times, when a novellty was
introduced, many scalps were taken before the line was confirmed or
refuted. Today, the engine gives inmediate reply to these questions.
Players are so afraid of opponents preparation that play as safely as
Thus, quick draws agreed in early middlegame positions where
for these kind of eliteGMs, draw is just a matter of technique.
Chess was always
about mastering three phases: opening-middlegame-endgame. Now is all
about the opening. Middlegame play is frequently aborted by quick draws
and endgame is almost non-existent.
is quite obvious that something needs to be done both in the format for
reaching the final, as well as the allowing of draws before a certain
amount of moves.
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