Last year on my main blog I posted about the ACP Survey 2016 (February 2016; ACP: 'the most detailed opinion poll related to the professional chess ever released') and the Survey 2016 - Results (April 2016). The ACP is the Association of Chess Professionals (chessprofessionals.org), and for the start of this year the group produced a World Championship Format Poll and a Summary of the General Assembly of the ACP and Polls.
The poll ties in nicely with last week's WCC post, How to Break a Match Tie? Here is a summary of the results. The last column shows the number of responses received by the ACP.
|Q6: Which format do you prefer determining the World Champion?|
|Q7: If you prefer to have a tournament, what would be the best format?|
|8 players double round robin||58%||76|
|Other (please specify)||21%||27|
|Q8: If you prefer matches, please answer the following questions: How many games do you think is optimal to award the WCh title in a match?|
|Other (please specify)||16%||72|
|Q9: Which time control do you think is best for a WCh match?|
|100’x40 moves + 50’ x 20 moves + 15’ with 30” increment from move 1||37%||168|
|90’x40 moves + 30’ with 30” increment from move 1||20%||89|
|120’x40 moves + 60’x20 moves + 15’ with 30” increment from move 61||34%||155|
|Other (please specify)||9%||39|
|Q10: In case of a tie at the end of the match, you would prefer?|
|The title stays with the Champion.||34%||153|
|The title is awarded based on rapid/blitz playoffs||48%||218|
|Other (please specify)||18%||79|
|Q11: In case you think rapid/blitz playoffs should be used in the WCh title match - what would your preference be?|
|Tie breaks should be played after the regular games.||38%||119|
|Tie breaks should be played before the regular games.||62%||194|
|Q12: In case you think rapid/blitz playoffs should determine the WCh title, what would your preference be?|
|All tie break games should be played in one day||36%||113|
|Tie break games should be played in 2 days.||64%||199|
Except for Q9 (time control), where I have no preference, and Q12 (days to play rapid/blitz playoffs), which I've never thought about, my responses would be the same. I especially like the idea behind Q11 (playoffs after/before the regular games) of playing tiebreak before the match starts. This would give one of the players an advantage in case of a tied match, which would force the other player to win at least one game.