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The reason for the tournament was to get Carlsen's participation. the match-play tournament that was held last year was about as expensive as this year's tournament to hold.
It was indeed possible to have a match-play tournament instead of this double round robin event where the winner will be the player who beats up the most on the bottom half of the table. This is no way to select the best player.
On the other hand a match format will depend on the draw you get and which players you can manage to avoid. Lets see if this finds a stronger challenger than last time. I suspect it will.
Also, it's just great to have a tournament with such a field.
How many of the short "matches" in 2011 were decided by fast chess tiebreaks? Two of the four quarterfinal matches and both the semifinals. Gelfand won the last classical game in the final.
The old Candidates' Matches were 8 games in quarter and semifinal rounds and 12 game finals, that was still short but 4 and 6 game matches are not long enough to give a true result, the cost of a loss is so great the players adopt a more cautious style.
FIDE has changed to a DDR tournament? I would say magnus will definitely win now. Being a soccer player his feet are probably the most coordinated
When I first read it I read it as DDR too
Is that game still even around?
@NM Reb Yeah the Candidates Matches were awesome but who's going to pay for them? And the answer is...probably no one. Or else we'll see 6 rd matches that end up being settled by blitz games...after a 3-3 tie - how impressive. And then we get to see a World Championship Match consisting of a lousy 12 games, that might also end up being decided by blitz games.
BTW is there a source for Capa's complaint to Stalin? What event was he complaining about? He talked to Uncle Joe in person about this?
Capablanca talks to Stalin about Russian cheating - Put this in google and you should get several sources . It happened at a tournament in the 30s in Moscow and this incident was even later retold by his widow .
It seems some people only count how taking draws loses potential points, but fail to see how a series of easier matches for one challenger, can be a big advantage against someone who has had to play many grueling matches.
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