Kenilworth Kibitzer

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Friday, April 24, 2009

 

Not what it used to be

The tragicomedy of World Championship qualifying still goes on this week with 4th leg of the FIDE 'Grand Prix' , to my count the 946th different way that our UFO-worshipping overlords at FIDE have tried to manufacture an alleged undisputed champion.   As the GOAT himself found out when he lost his long-held title to Kramnik in 2000, there can be no logical way to determine a World Champion.  Rather, the choice must have the flavor of politics (Veselin 'I am who am' Topalov) or utter randomness (Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, etc).  
The latest cycle is as noteable for the players who have dropped out in protest (Carlsen, Adams) as it is for those who never signed up in the first place (Kramnik, Morozevich, Topalov).  The period in chess history after 1993 is perhaps comparable to the steroid era in baseball, where only in retrospect can we truly process the shame and denigration that has been heaped on the highest title in chess.  The title doesn't have much worth now because there is no one player dominant enough to lay claim to best in the world for any extended period of time, but still we must hope chess does not go the way of boxing with multiple titles and general disinterest (well, except that it did).  Our heroes are dead, all we control are the 64 squares before us; play well.

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