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  1. 14 Aug '10 09:36
    Rumor has it the next World Championship will be in London in 2012

    Who do you think Anand will have to play?
    I would like to see Topalov come back and win.
  2. 14 Aug '10 09:49 / 1 edit
    Two years.
    Hmmm,time for Carlsen?

    toet.
  3. 14 Aug '10 09:57
    He wouldn't even be 22 yet. That would be a good match. I think the pressure might get to him?
  4. 14 Aug '10 10:10
    Originally posted by gorookyourself
    He wouldn't even be 22 yet. That would be a good match. I think the pressure might get to him?
    Old enough.Kasparov was 21 when he played his first match for the crown.
    Age shouldn't matter anyway.Carlsen is beating everyone,even if he was only 16 he'd deserve a shot.

    But maybe he needs to prove himself in matches first.Quite different from tournaments.

    toet.
  5. 14 Aug '10 12:18
    London 2012 is looking on the cards at the moment.

    Be good if the Kid did win his way through for the challenge.
    The media like this sort of thing and will give it coverage.

    Russ has agreed to give me £6,000 to cover the event for the RHP blog.

    (if there is a large piece of white space between. '.....and will give it coverage."
    and this, then perhaps not.)
  6. 14 Aug '10 18:28
    Yeah, Carlsen would be a great challenge. The media would eat it up too!
  7. 14 Aug '10 18:41
    ...and then everyone would say Anand lost because he is old (42)
    I don't think age has anything to do with chess.

    If Carlsen did win I bet he keeps the title for atleast 10 years.
  8. 14 Aug '10 22:43
    Originally posted by gorookyourself
    ...and then everyone would say Anand lost because he is old (42)
    I don't think age has anything to do with chess.

    If Carlsen did win I bet he keeps the title for atleast 10 years.
    You don't think age has anything to do with chess? Have you seen this?

    http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/AgeLists.asp
  9. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    15 Aug '10 00:34
    Originally posted by gorookyourself
    ...and then everyone would say Anand lost because he is old (42)
    I don't think age has anything to do with chess.

    If Carlsen did win I bet he keeps the title for atleast 10 years.
    I can only speak for myself, but at 44 and having played in tournaments since I was 21, and can definitely tell that age has taken a toll on my energy, stamina, and ability to concentrate for long periods at the board.

    I think, as an adult learning to play tournament chess, that my experience, guile, and accumulated "chess wisdom" allow me to compensate for what age has taken away, but I can still tell.

    Even beyond the physical elements, at 42 I can almost guarantee that Anand has more distractions and other elements in his life that have to weigh down on him. Family responsibilities alone tend to increase with age.

    Of course, I am generalizing a great deal, but age is definitely a factor- and if I can get Karpov to answer my emails, I'm sure he'll back me up!

    Paul

    Of course,
  10. 15 Aug '10 02:11
    Originally posted by Mad Rook
    You don't think age has anything to do with chess? Have you seen this?

    http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/AgeLists.asp
    I looked at it but I have no idea what it means.
  11. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    15 Aug '10 02:30
    Originally posted by gorookyourself
    I looked at it but I have no idea what it means.
    I interpreted it as showing that World Champions apparently peak around age 28-32 or so and then decline in performance.
  12. 15 Aug '10 22:30 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Mad Rook
    You don't think age has anything to do with chess? Have you seen this?

    http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/AgeLists.asp
    This appears to be a tad out of date :
    http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/PlayerProfile.asp?Params=199510SSSSSWS019969000000111000000000003412100
  13. 15 Aug '10 23:55
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    This appears to be a tad out of date :
    http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/PlayerProfile.asp?Params=199510SSSSSWS019969000000111000000000003412100
    Don't look at me, it's not my job to keep it updated!
  14. 18 Aug '10 14:17
    I'd like to have Anand hold on to the title for a couple more years. He is an exceelent chess player and a class act to boot. It would be nice to see him retire as world chess champion in 2014.
  15. 18 Aug '10 16:29
    I've got to agree with you rook! Topalov's kind of a sketchy character but I love his play, he's without a doubt the most exciting player on tour right now, and has been for a while. I feel like him winning San Luis 2005 wasn't a "real" WCC victory, so I'd like to see him win in 2012... in match play. He's getting older (36 now?), so if he fails to win in 2012 his name will probably start popping up in those "Strongest Player to Never Win the WCC" topics...