26 ( +1 | -1 ) I thinkit's been postponed. Troubles with finances, no suprise as it was supposed to be held in Argentina. I read that it had been put back till November, or that it might be played in September somewhere else.
Whenever it is I think Kasparov will win comfortably.
35 ( +1 | -1 ) PonomariovIs a good blitz player. For example in FIDE "match" vs Ivanchuk (where they had fast time controls) we saw he is very good practical player, has great nerves and so on...but his chess undestanding is not sufficient for beating the likes of Kasparov and Kramnik. My prediction is slower time controls will neutralize his best weapon - zeitnot play :-)
12 ( +1 | -1 ) This is all a big messRight now Kramnik is the world Champion Kasparov is the #1 rated player on the planet, and Ponomariov is the other "offficial" champion.
42 ( +1 | -1 ) Ponomariovis the only World Champion! Kasparov relinguished the title just like Fischer did, by not playing under the recognized organizations rules. To say Kasparov had the title to lose to Kramnik is exactly the same as saying that Fischer is still World Champion! Kasparov's playing for the FIDE World Championship makes any claims that he made to being the World Champion after refusing to play a joke.
67 ( +1 | -1 ) There is noclassical chess world champion!
As said bogg said the world championship is run by FIDE and if you don't play by the rules you lose the title. On top of this the cycle for selecting the challenger after Kasparov's 1995 defence against Anand was a totally unfair and uninclusive mess.
Ponomariov's title is also meaningless. That the tournament he won did not include the world's two best players was their own fault but that the time controls were too fast and that the tournament format was unsuitable for selecting a world champion was the fault of FIDE. They devalued the title "FIDE World Champion".
62 ( +1 | -1 ) Hmm come to think of itThis is making my a hippocrite. One one hand I don't consider Fischer the champion because he resigned from chess and never gave anyone a chance to beat him. On the other hand I do consider Kramnik the world champion because he did defeat Kasparov who was the official world champion. One might think the FIDE is the official championship organization, then again the PCA had just a strong a claim to it. They are both champions and it is the FIDE fault, even Karpov is starting to be dissatisified and he benefitted so much from it. Anyway whoever people think is the champion, Kasparov is most likely going to beat Ponomariov.
3 ( +1 | -1 ) krematorSomething we can agree upon!
82 ( +1 | -1 ) krematorI do question why you refer to Kasparov as the 'official world champion'. The PCA was an organization created by Kasparov for the sole purpose of calling himself world champion. I don't see where that is any different than if I created an organization and called myself the world champion. They both seem to be on about the same footing as far as 'official' goes. Heck, I probably am the best player in the world! I have a plus record against Fritz, I frequently find the correct line of play in seconds that the GM playing the game missed, I once even refuted long standing analysis in 15 minutes to demonstrate a win in a position that Kasparov himself couldn't find a draw in. I guess I had better get to a lawyer and draw up those letters of incorporation. Official World Champion Bogg! That has a nice ring to it.
23 ( +1 | -1 ) "I lost 150,000 dollars"www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=1003
Check it out, read what Ponomariob has to say about the postponement of his match with Kasparov.
81 ( +1 | -1 ) The Hair!His hair (Ponomariov's) brings back horrible memories to me. As a young kid, having no idea how ridiculous i looked, or how freaking nuts my mom was, i had this stupid "hard core" Ukrainian hair style for years. YOur not supposed to see someones scalp until they either shave their heads or start bolding! They call it the mushroom. don't know why. oh god
p.s to bogg I understand why you got that impression of Kasparov and the PCA but the entire reason Kasparov started it because he was sick of FIDE and the only reason he made himseld champ of it was because he was champ of Fide at the time and he didn't exactly want to give it up without a fight. I know i wouldn't. so don't blame Kasparov, Fide's bullshit makes GM's do drastic and stupid things.
121 ( +1 | -1 ) rigaI was just pointing out that Kasparov was no more the official World Chess Champion after forfeiting his FIDE match than Fischer was and that Fischer has as much right to call himself the World Champion today as Kasparov had as they both did exactly the same thing.
P.S. In case it is not clear, the only champion I recognized after Fischer forfeited was Karpov, and the only champion I recognized after Kasparov forfeited was Karpov. There is no logic to support an argument that Kasparov was the world champion after forfeiting his FIDE match. Either forfeiting costs you the title and it reverts to Karpov (or FIDE) or forfeiting doesn't cost you the title and Fischer is still champion. As bad as FIDE is they are still the official internationally recognized body. I do not want to see chess become as silly as boxing.
Being the best in the world does not entitle you to be called the world champion. If the coach of the NCAA champion basketball team refused to compete in the next years NCAA tournament because he didn't like the way the NCAA ran things and claimed to still be the champion he would be laughed at. I know this last is a bit of a reach, but I hope it makes my point anyway.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) to boggyou got it right . very well said bogg . Some of those people saying fischer was crazy calling himself world champ after forfieting are the same ones declaring that Kasparov is still world champ after he forfieted . to me that is a real hypocrite !!
59 ( +1 | -1 ) There is one differenceBetween Fischer and Kasparov...
Kasparov DID defend his title vs Nigel Short who was his official challenger anyway. But of course Kasparov became champ under FIDE rules and the way I see it by leaving FIDE he gave his title away. Therefore, even though Kasparov can claim he defended his championship, IMO he was no longer champion after the day he refused to defend his title in a match organized by FIDE.
Nowadays its more complex because Kramnik and Kasparov were clearly top two players plus FIDE championship format is a joke. Blitz time controls and 6-game matches belong to ICC...
31 ( +1 | -1 ) The FIDEIs simply an organization that serves the chess players and makes their matches and all that. It doesn't matter what we ordinary people think the championship is about the top players in the world, and if the majority of them considers the PCA to be official. Authority is really nothing but a manmade concept that can be undone by man.
70 ( +1 | -1 ) kremator ... butI find it unacceptable to return to the days when the World Champion picks his opponents. The PCA is a bully pulpit for Kasparov. N. Short was required to sign a contract stating that he would not compete for the FIDE title before he was granted a match. The World Champion should not have a say in decisions relating to the title.
A similar thing happened with the Missouri State championship in the 70s. Once gaining the title a fairly weak player (not in the top 10 in the state) managed to hold on to the title for years by being in control of the state body and hence having control of the method for acquiring the title. He made it nearly impossible for anyone to compete for the title and managed to hold on to it by never defending it.
75 ( +1 | -1 ) KramnikDid beat Kasparov so I don't think Kasparov "picks" his opponents. It doesn't matter anyways because Kramnik beat Kasparov making Kramnik the champion and Kasparov a guy who has a really high rating and plays computers for money. This Kasparov - Ponomariov match is supposed to be done by the FIDE and already there're problems. Such an incompetent organization shouldn't be official. By the way bogg how can Kasparov be compared to the guy in Missouri who kept his title for such a long period of time? Kasparov is the top rated player and he beat pretty everyone. Kramnik is a special exception but look at his record against other GM's I think he is some kind of a special anti-Kasparov player, but not the best player like Kasparov who beats all the GMs.(except Kramnik)
43 ( +1 | -1 ) krematorThe point wasn't that Kasparov ducked valid contenders. The point was that as the head of the PCA he was able to dictate the selection process. The current champion can have no input to the selection process or the selection process itself is suspect. As I didn't recognize Kasparov as the World champion I didn't examine the candidate selection process used by the PCA. I didn't then and don't now much care whether it was perfect or a complete joke.