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Reigning World Chess Champion, Vishy Anand, is NOT representing his country at the 2010 Chess Olympiad, currently taking place in Siberia.
Whose fault is this? Should the best players in the world feel a "duty and obligation" to represent their countries at these prestigious events? Is Anand worthy of "Chess Treason"???
Or does it fall on the "people of India" for obviously not making more of an effort, providing more "incentive" for the current Chess King to lead his team at the Olympics? He is, afterall, a professional first right?
We gave our thoughts in today's show "Pardon Our Blunders" on Chess.com/TV. Now it is your turn!
I think its weird not having him there. I mean he's world champion!!!!!! I want to see him play Magnus!!
I think he might be scared of Mag town or simply they wont pay him the moola that he wants and he said eff it.
I think it all comes down to money. Yes he is the reigning World Champion, and money has gone back to the Fischer days when he wanted more money to play Spassky. So that's nothing new. I DOUBT heavily he just said "nah, I'm the champion, I'm taking some me time."
I feel like the Olympiad and the National Championship of a country are the two times when a top player should "donate" their time. Consider Germany, now maybe GM Naiditsch and company have a legitimate point about the problems in their organization but the end result is just the fans suffer.
Meanwhile Michael Adams appearance in the British made for increased interest in the event. I mean when was the last time you saw a top GM take on the hippo opening? Great stuff.
It would to be nice to have Anand at the Olympiad, but I guess he does have the choice so... maybe he just wanted to do something else I don't know.
P.S. I thought the Olympiad is currently taking place in Russia.
Siberia is Russia last time I looked Kayden. Stalin sent a lot of people to Siberia to prisons during his purges
speaking just as an avid spectator, it would be nice to have Anand join the competition in my opinion, but he has no "obligation to his country" whatsoever if the format and the timing doesn't work for him (which is the case), or he simply wishes not to participate. I think it shouldn't be handled any different than him not attending to, say, corus.
Show me the money!!!
No, I don't think he is scared of Mag-Town... except for maybe his good looks :)
Oh I thought he said Serbia. A little confusion on my part.
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