It’s the end of classical chess as we know it (and I feel fine)
By mishanp on June 17, 2011
Alexander Grischuk was the focus of controversy over the recent Candidates Matches. His route to the final, winning no classical games and sometimes agreeing to short draws with White, seemed to highlight the format’s problems. Grischuk himself, however, welcomed the difficult times for classical chess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Candidates Matches, Chess960, Gelfand, Grischuk, Kramnik, Sutovsky | 9 Responses
Carlsen and the Candidates – a retrospective
By mishanp on November 7, 2010
Although Magnus Carlsen’s decision to pull out of next year’s Candidates Matches came as a great shock, perhaps we should have seen it coming. It’s worth revisiting this summer’s press, where Veselin Topalov was making the headlines, but Carlsen’s name kept cropping up.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Azmaiparashvili, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Danailov, Fischer, Sutovsky, Topalov, Vasiliev | 15 Responses
“The Russian player we played a match against in 2006 in Elista doesn’t exist for us!”
By mishanp on July 29, 2010
Yury Vasiliev of Sport Express broke the news yesterday that Veselin Topalov would, after all, be willing to play Candidates Matches in Russia. Today, in the full version of the interview, Silvio Danailov goes into much greater detail on his feelings towards Kramnik, his disapproval of FIDE’s conduct during the match in Sofia, and the upcoming matches and Olympiad.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Aronian, Berbatov, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Danailov, ECU election, Elista, Kasparov, Kramnik, Makropoulos, Mamedyarov, Olympiad, Sport Express, Sutovsky, Topalov, Vasiliev, WC 2010 | 11 Responses
Candidates Matches once more in turmoil
By mishanp on July 24, 2010
In a bolt from the blue, the Kommersant newspaper reports that the Russian Chess Federation is lobbying to have the 2011 Candidates Matches switched from Baku, in Azerbaijan, to Kazan, in Russia. Veselin Topalov has joined the fray by refusing to play in Russia.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Armenia, Aronian, Azerbaijan, Baku, Candidates Matches, Dvorkovich, Extra Time, Ilyumzhinov, Kazan, Kommersant, Kosteniuk, Mair Mamedov, RCF, Selivanov, Sutovsky, Topalov, UEP | 5 Responses