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cuthbert 216 ( +1 | -1 )
FIDE press release PRESS RELEASE

Re : Cancellation of the Ponomariov-Kasparov Match

FIDE delivered the Players Undertaking to World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov and Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, to sign before August 12, 2003. Kasparov returned his duly signed contract before the deadline but Ponomariov signed the contract with reservations.

At the Presidential Board held in Abuja, Nigeria, FIDE reiterated that the contract shall be signed without reservations and extended the deadline to August 25, 2003. FIDE again extended the deadline to August 28, 2003. Without the signature of Ponomariov on the Players Undertaking, FIDE is unable to move ahead with the planned Match which was due to start on September 18, 2003 in Yalta, Ukraine.

Since the signing of the Prague Agreement, FIDE has tried patiently to meet with the recommendations of the players involved. However, as the governing body of world chess, FIDE will not give in to unreasonable request or pressure from any player involved in the unification process.

In place of the FIDE World Cup earlier scheduled for December 2003 FIDE shall organize the World Chess Championship (Knockout) Tournament to determine the next World Champion and FIDE shall not allow the selfishness of any one player to cause a hindrance to the unification process as already scheduled and approved by the FIDE General Assembly in Bled last year.

It is with deep regret therefore, that FIDE has to cancel the Ponomariov-Kasparov Match. However, FIDE shall endeavour to proceed with the unification process. A proposal shall be placed to the forthcoming FIDE Congress in Halkidiki, Greece, 27 October 3 November, 2003. The winner of the FIDE World Championship in December 2003 shall be crowned World Champion and he shall play Grandmaster Garry Kasparov next year. The winner of this match shall then play the final unification match.

In the coming days, FIDE shall give a full account of its negotiations with the players in the now cancelled Ponomariov-Kasparov Match.
riga 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Big suprise Fide should blow it's head off and we should cut it up into little pieces and scater them to the 4 corners of the earth hopefully never to see it again, until some evil power unleashes it several millinia from now, god willing.
olympio 9 ( +1 | -1 )
just just ponomariov's head. he's the least deserving world champion since max euwes
olympio 10 ( +1 | -1 )
well far far less deserving than max euwes actually in terms of playing strength relative to his peers
buddy2 29 ( +1 | -1 )
World Championship I like the idea of a world championship in which the winner plays Kasparov. I know the players have a lot of grievances against FIDE, but it's the only unifying body I know of that can pull this off. It would be an interesting play-off of all the world's best--if they can agree on anything!
riga 27 ( +1 | -1 )
buddy2 they are supposed to do this early or semi early anyway, like they used to. And it's obvious that Fide can't pull it off due to the Kasparov Ponomariov match failure. I stand by my statement. The world and chess would be much better off without fide
riga 27 ( +1 | -1 )
buddy2 they are supposed to do this early or semi early anyway, like they used to. And it's obvious that Fide can't pull it off due to the Kasparov Ponomariov match failure. I stand by my statement. The world and chess would be much better off without fide
olympio 39 ( +1 | -1 )
it's not it's not FIDE's fault. it's chess' fault.. it's the fault of people like ponomariov.. and countless players in the past who have been exceedingly difficult towards organizations and other players in their quest for titles that tend to slip away from them in an actually fair pool of competition. it's the fault of every chess player for tolerating this behavior.
parrvert 74 ( +1 | -1 )
FIDE must take some of the blame. They organised the tournament that Pono won, called him "world champion" and tried to move chess away from classical time controls. Now in a bid for credibility they have brought Kasparov into the picture and gone back to classical chess. While this may be in the best interests of chess I think it is a bit unfair to move the goalposts on Ponomariov.

Then, when big prize money is hard to come by they try to organize the match in Argentina! They postpone and then rearrange. Now this match falls through they decide to have a new tournament to create a new mickey mouse champion for Kasparov to beat.

The sooner we get to the Kasparov v Kramnik final the better.
peppe_l 167 ( +1 | -1 )
IMO While it is true Ponomariov seems to be the one responsible for cancellation of the match, it is time for FIDE to stop pleasing Kasparov. He is not FIDE or BNG champion but still he gets exactly the same privileges as Kramnik and Ponomariov. Yes I know he is nr 1 of FIDE rating list etc but as long as there are WC matches, Kasparov can have 3000+ FIDE rating but he is still the loser of BNG WC match - end of story. Ever since Kasparov lost his title we have witnessed endless demands, starting from rematch vs Kramnik (and who if not Garry himself has always complained about rematches?). If FIDE allows this to continue, instead of chess and one WC all the chess public gets is "everyone knows I am the strongest player on planet..." over and over again. FIDE needs Kasparov badly and Garry is clever enough to exploit it.

Indeed Parrvert is correct - the entire system is designed to give Kasparov an easy road to rematch vs Kramnik.

The question I have to ask is do they really want to play? Is the fear of losing more important than the chance of winning the unified title? If they really want to play, organizing a match is very easy. If not, my proposal is simple - throw them out of the cycle and let those who want the title fight for it. I have heard "I am (the best, strongest, most deserving...) and I am willing to play (yeah right) BUT (conditions are not fair, prize is too small, I have a meeting then, why play because everyone knows I am nr 1 anyway?)" too many times...

Ponomariov can remain paper champion if he wants to. Kasparov can keep repeating "everyone knows I am the strongest..." if he wants to. Or they can shut up and play chess. Simple, really.
buddy2 26 ( +1 | -1 )
What's the problem? If FIDE organizes the best world players into a tournament to decide who plays Kasparov in a unification match, that seems fine to me. It will also give a publicity boost to chess. Anybody see anything wrong with the idea??
bogg 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Yeah! Kasparov would have to have a title for that to be a unification match.
olympio 17 ( +1 | -1 )
kasparov kasparov isn't even world champion according to his OWN organization.. nor fide.. nothing.. he has no title.. yet he's arguably the best player alive.. him or kramnik.. it's pretty funny how things are
bluebabygirl 17 ( +1 | -1 )
any Now if only Robert James Fischer would come back to teach these imposters a lesson!!!That would end this farce soon enough!!! lol --BBG
kofman2155 39 ( +1 | -1 )
They should telivise it. I mean why the hell not. If I was Kasporov I would through away a few Ks in order to boost the overall popularity of the game back into what it used to be in say 1993 (Please note I'm only 16 years old). I was orginally born in Ukraine and I remember they used to show matches (not always GMs) on the tv. Also note their were only 3 channels to watch : )
peppe_l 181 ( +1 | -1 )
Strongest player "kasparov isn't even world champion according to his OWN organization.. nor fide.. nothing.. he has no title.. yet he's arguably the best player alive.. him or kramnik.. it's pretty funny how things are"

Even though Bluebabygirl was joking her post brings a good example to my mind - when Spassky was champion, Fischer was already strongest player alive. What happened? Well, Fischer played in interzonal tournament and candidates matches, just like everyone else. No Kasparov-style demands like "I want to go straight to semi-finals because everyone knows I am stronger than these guys anyway" :-> His predecessors AND followers earned the right to play for WC title in the same way. If Kasparov is strongest player why cant he play few candidates tournaments or matches - earn some money in the process - and finally reclaim his title by beating Kramnik/Leko? Why does such a superior chess force need a rematch vs Kramnik for BNG title (no need to give anyone else a chance!)? Or easy route to the title unification match?

The only logical explanation is he is afraid of surprises (remember 1992 when everyone was sure that another K-K match was going to follow, but surprisingly Short beat Karpov?). If one is unwilling to accept the element of surprise in match play, why not dump matches completely and give the WC title based on FIDE rating? The point is if Kasparov is afraid of surprises, his demands are completely groundless. That means despite of "everyone knowing he is the strongest" others DO have a chance, if they only are allowed to play all-powerful Garry. And even if I am wrong and matches between anyone else than two Ks are waste of time, why cant Kaspy simply crush everyone and let chess replace politics?

I rest my case.
tonlesu 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Strongest player "Fischer played in interzonal tournament and candidates matches, just like everyone else."

I dont think Fischer qualified to play in the interzonal. But because he was the strongest player on the planet he did get to play through special dispensation. In fact the Soviets adamantly opposed his participation at Palma de Majorca based solely on his strength. They felt he should earn his way in like everyone else.
peppe_l 114 ( +1 | -1 )
Tonlesu That is correct, even though my post was still accurate - Fischer DID play in interzonal tournament and candidates like everyone else :-)

But thanks for pointing out this important detail I forgot to mention in my post.

Anyway, even though you can say rules are rules, at least we can defend Fischer by saying there is a difference between being able to participate (in equal terms with others) and getting free ticket to semi-finals without playing. I can only offer subjective opinion since there are so many ways to see the Fischer case, but the fact is in matches Kasparov does not have to play at all (!) he beat Taimanov and Larsen 6-0, and after demonstrating Petrosian and Spassky were not his equals anymore, no one was in position to question his title. However, if Kasparov beats Pono and then Kramnik/Leko, there will be many who can claim the unification process was unfair (for example Anand & Ivanchuk). Ironically if Kasparov becomes the owner of unified WC title, it will be his title that suffers from inflation caused by unfair process that was supposed to help him in winning it.
buddy2 48 ( +1 | -1 )
only way to go I haven't seen any convincing argument yet why FIDE shouldn't have a candidates match, the winner to play Kasparov. Admittedly, Kasparov doesn't hold any official title, but he's at least one of the three best at this time. Interesting comment of Kofman 2155 about televising match. Every time we try it in U.S. we end up with a fiasco, like Kasparov Vs Machine. Incidentally what is that picture of on Kofman 2155's personal data?? Looks like modern art to me.
tonlesu 25 ( +1 | -1 )
television According to the Nielson ratings the US chess championship decreased over 35% in viewership since last year. This is a pretty hard pill for chess players to swallow seeing as how last years tournament wasn't even televised.

tonlesu 12 ( +1 | -1 )
thats a joke son See, if its down 35% and it was even televised last year that makes it about as exciting as kissing your sister.
bluebabygirl 63 ( +1 | -1 )
any You guys are giving Kasparov too big an edge to say simply everybody else should play .Then the winner play Kasparov. Kasparov doesnt have a title . Your argument of well he is the strongest player alive .,fails to who says he is?? I remember this guy named Kramnik!!WHAT ABOUT HIM ?? Also Peppe -l made several good points about Fischer . And many more good points about Kasparov.--------AND PEPPE_l who said I was just kidding about Fischer?? Yes , I was but it not as far fetched as many would imagine!!I think Fischer would have almost as good a chance as Pono! lol -BBG
blindio 36 ( +1 | -1 )
Seems fair to me The plan was, I believe that the two "world champions" should each play a match with leading contenders. One versus the highest rated player, the other versus the winner of a tournament among the strongest remaining players. I think that was a fair plan. What has gone wrong in the meantime has largely been down to the egos of the top GMs.
invincible1 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Well You guys decide, figure out who should play who and then conduct the matches and then send the winner to me!!!
buddy2 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Invincible1's offer Yea, Invincible, you say that now. But I'd bet you'd hold out on FIDE until your contract demands were met!