Originally posted by kopatovI actually agree with his decision. The candidates short match knock out system just encourages cagey chess. Too many of the pairings were decided on blitz which is just ridiculous. Carlsen has proven he is clearly the strongest player repeatedly over the last two years (Nanjing 2009!) Not having him in the competition makes the whole thing ridiculous. With all respect to Gelfand, he's not the true candidate for WC and everyone knows it.
Is Carlsen back or is he not back? Someone asked where I was when they were discussing "Kings and Pawns". Ha! Ha! Ha! I don't need to voice my opinion of the "Kings and Pawns" and "skeeters" of the online chess world.
Back to the subject of real chess talent and not online chess clowns, Carlsen favors tournaments and has indicated he might be back.
Originally posted by tharkeshAnand is scheduled to defend his title against Boris Gelfand in 2012. Not sure on the date but chessbase.com will have details somewhere.
I also would like to know about the way, a world champion is decided upon. Is the next match scheduled already?
Originally posted by greenpawn34I actually played through all the games from that match just the other day. Magnus was only 15 when he played Aronian but he performed brilliantly! His score was W2-L2-D2 in the classical, D2 in rapid only losing two in blitz.
It would be good for chess if he came back.
The publicity would not do the game any harm at all.
Just a very small question about what he would be like in match play.
He lost his only candidate match to date a few years back in a blitz tie break
with Aronian. He will have learned from that.
I'd say his talent should see him though but match play is different
from tournament chess.
Originally posted by Marinkatombthanks for that! will find a tea, coffee or wine to go with it, once in a while...
Alternatively there is another detailed history of the title to be found here (you can also play through every official game as well, from every contest since it's inception, highly recommended!)
Originally posted by tharkeshNot a problem. I've made something of a pact with myself to go through each World championship over the next few months. Lot's of very interesting games and the history of the sport is quite fascinating once you get into it. If you are unfamiliar with past champions, might i recommend ...
thanks for that! will find a tea, coffee or wine to go with it, once in a while...
Originally posted by mikelomI think it's because so many of his minor pieces are tied down to defence. By exchanging Queens he resolves blacks issolated d-pawn problem and opens the d-file, which black is better placed to capitalise on.
I also like the brilliant play in Kasparov's defence in this game: Anand vs Kasparov 1997.
[pgn][Event "It (cat.19)"]
[Site "Linares (Spain)"]
[White "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Black "Garry Kasparov"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 ...[text shortened]... cept the Q exchange I have no idea! Any thoughts as to why not?