29 August 2007

2007 Mexico WCC Player Records

Tournaments like the forthcoming FIDE World Championship in Mexico City are rare events. How have the eight players fared against each other in the past? To answer that question, I spent a few minutes to create the following table.

Aronian xx******
Gelfand   xx*****
Grischuk   xx****
Kramnik    xx***
Leko     xx**
Morozevich      xx*
Svidler       xx

The players' names link to the corresponding FIDE Card. The asterisks ('*') in the crosstable link to the games played by each pair of players as recorded at Chessgames.com.

Once the event is over, the Chessgames.com links will continue to show current results.

22 August 2007

Insider Interviews

Here are interviews with three Mexico City insiders: Aronian, Hensel (Kramnik and Leko's manager), and Anand; and with two principals of Global Chess BV: Kok and Borg.
  • Aronian: the world championship should be decided in a match • 'Levon Aronian is one of the hot favourites for the world championship in Mexico City this September. What does he think of his chances, what does he think about the format? In an article in the German broadsheet Neues Deutschland, born in Armenian and now living in Berlin, speaks about these and other subjects relating to the inclusion of Veselin Topalov in the FIDE cycle.' [9 July 2007; Chessbase.com]

  • Carsten Hensel on Kramnik and the World Championship cycle • 'After his victory in Dortmund world champion Vladimir Kramnik came to Hamburg for a few days, to record his first DVD with ChessBase. With him was his manager Carsten Hensel, who also looks after the interests of Hungarian chess star Peter Leko. During the recording sessions with Kramnik there was ample time to talk to Carsten and get his take on the situation in world chess.'[11 July 2007; Chessbase.com]

  • Chess soon to be a million dollar business?; Interview with Dutch businessman Bessel Kok • 'Recently FIDE founded a commercial branch called Global Chess BV. Based in Amsterdam and run by Dutch businessman Bessel Kok this company, equippted with a seed capital of $4.5 million, is set to take over the marketing of major FIDE events, especially future World Chess Championships.' [5 August 2007; Chessbase.com]

  • FIDE Vice President and CEO of Global Chess BV Geoffrey Borg's interview • 'During the official visit to Turkey, the FIDE Vice President and the CEO of Global Chess BV Mr. Geoffrey Borg gave an interview to the Press Officer of the Turkish Chess Federation Mr. Ozgur Akman. Mr. Borg speaks about chess, FIDE and Global Chess VB and how he sees the future developments of chess in the sphere of marketing and promotional activities.' [8 August 2007; FIDE.com]

  • Anand criticizes the World Chess Federation • 'In an interview with a German newspaper on Tuesday the world's number one ranking chessplayer has criticised the world chess federation for haphazardly breaking and changing its own rules. Usually to favour Kramnik or Topalov, who get extra chances at the title. "At some stage you become sick of all this and decide to just play chess," says Anand bitterly.' [16 August 2007; Chessbase.com]

Borg: 'One of the principles for Global Chess is that to be successful we must have a credible, reliable and stable world championship cycle. The main difference that was introduced in Tallinn [FIDE Presidential Board, June 2007] is a six year plan, a very good principle, where we are looking forward to have a balance between the World Cup, which is the knockout tournament and an introduction of a tournament series which will give top players, selected on certain criteria, an opportunity to play in a Grand Prix system. We can also involve several continents and try to ensure that tournaments are held not just in one continent.'

16 August 2007

ICCF World Championships

What's missing on my World Championship page for Correspondence Chess finals? The 'ICCF Tables and Results' are found on different sites: www.iccf-webchess.com and tables.iccf.com. Here's a summary:

17*Not finished
19*Not finished
20 Not finished; winner not yet known
21 Not finished; winner: van Oosterom
22 Not started

The asterisk ('*') means I've listed the winner, but am missing the crosstable. Next step: find PGN game scores for the WC18F. • IECG World Championships, which I don't list yet, can be found on the IECG Tournament Results page.

08 August 2007

Preparations for 2007 Mexico City

I added the list of players, the schedule, the official logo, links to the official site, and links to relevant pages on FIDE.com to my page on the World Chess Championship, 2007 Mexico City.

Official logo The official site is something of a disaster. The domain name Chessmexico.com produces a blank page, so I included a link to the start page in English. Many of the images are broken and the 'Players' page doesn't list the four players who qualified from the candidate matches in June. With a little more than one month to the start of the event, someone should look after this.


Later: The broken images were my fault. I was running with Flash disabled, as I usually do. When I enabled it, the 'images' were fine.

02 August 2007

15th World Computer Championship

I added the crosstable and PGN for the 15th WCCC, 2007 Amsterdam to my page on Computer Chess. See also my report for About.com: Elsewhere on the Web, New World Computer Chess Champion, 1 July 2007.