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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Special questionnaire sent to top-20 players for opinion on World Chess Championship cycle

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Hello everybody, 

...And what would Fischer say?
Here is the letter sent by GM Emil Sutovsky of the World Championship and Olympiads Committee to top chess players for their opinion on the World Championship Cycles. Stay tuned about what updates we receive about the players' answers.

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the World Championship and Olympiads committee ( WCOC ), I’d like to ask your opinion regarding the format of the future World Championship Cycles.

As we all know, opinions differ, and it is not easy to find a solution that will satisfy all the leading players. However, we shall try to find a system which will be both professional and realistic. In this regard, I would appreciate hearing your thoughts before the topic is discussed on the next WCOC meeting in the beginning of June and important decisions are taken.

As the topic is too complex, I’ve prepared several questions. It would be nice to have your answers, but of course, you are most welcomed to present your vision as a separate letter. The questions:

What is more suitable system for Candidates – matches or double round robin?

If the match system is used, what format would you prefer (4+4+6, like in Kazan, 6+6+6, other…) Do you have positive/negative remarks about the format used in Kazan?

Should the World Champion’s privilege stay intact or should the World Champion join the Candidates in the future cycles?

Do you think FIDE should preserve two-year cycle or consider switching to a yearly Championship?

I would appreciate having your response before May 30, so that it can be presented on the WCOC meeting.

Best regards,
Emil Sutovsky

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  • At May 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM , Anonymous Glenn said...

    Matches, Best score of 7 games time control 2 1/2 hrs for 40 moves 60 min to complete the game. No draws before move 40 and World champions privilege stays intact. World championship match best of 12 games same time control and no draw offers until move 40. Same for women's championship.

  • At May 29, 2011 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree with Glenn


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