It was originally published as a supporting document for Tallinn Presidential Board Maps New World Chess Championship Cycle, dated 24 June 2007. In a post from 27 June 2007, New World Championship Cycle, I used a portion of the diagram to explain where FIDE was going with the concept.
Let's look at each of the events by year. First, 2007:-
- 'Mexico 2007' was won by Anand.
- 'Previous WCH match' was the Kramnik - Topalov match held in 2006.
- 'World Cup 2007' was won by Kamsky.
- 'UEP match' was won by Anand over Kramnik.
- 'Challenger match' was won by Topalov over Kamsky.
- 'Grand Prix 2008-2009' is ongoing with one more event, still unannounced, to be played.
- 'World Cup 2009' will start next month.
- 'World Ch match' is the Anand - Topalov match to be held April 2010.
- 'Challenger match' was scrapped end-2008 and replaced by a Candidates event, to be held end-2010.
- 'World Ch match' is not yet scheduled, but London has been given an option to bid on a 2012 match.
- 'Grand Prix 2010-2011' is not yet announced and its future is uncertain.
It's clear that FIDE has not yet managed to create a stable World Championship cycle. Will the Grand Prix endure? The Candidates event? What will the next cycle, post 2010-2011, look like?