Carlsen Drops Championship Competition

Anand and Carlsen during the Bilbao Final Masters


A match that may never be? Viswanathan Anand, left, and Magnus Carlsen during the Bilbao Final Masters tournament last month in Spain.

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  1. Chess star drops World Championship
    November 5, 2010

    Magnus Carlsen, the teenage Norwegian chess whiz, won support on Friday for his decision to drop the chess World Championships, even though it means he’ll lose his chance at the title and at least NOK 10 million in earnings. Norway’s chess association thinks he did the right thing…………………….

    *SOURCE Views and News from Norway{Nina Berglund}

  2. November 5, 2010, 6:00 pm
    Top Player Withdraws From World Championship Competition

    Magnus Carlsen, the No. 2 player in the world (No. 1 if the results of the Pearl Spring tournament in China that ended last week are included in the rankings), has withdrawn from the competition to select the next challenger for the world championship.

    A series of elimination matches involving eight top players is supposed to take place sometime early next year in Kazan, Russia, though exact dates have not been announced. The winner of the matches will qualify to play a title match against Viswanathan Anand of India, the current champion………

  3. To: FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov & FIDE World Championship Committee.

    Reference is made to the ongoing World Championship cycle.

    The purpose of this letter is to inform you of my decision not to take part in the planned Candidate Matches between March and May 2011.

    After careful consideration I’ve reached the conclusion that the ongoing 2008 – 2012 cycle does not represent a system, sufficiently modern and fair, to provide the motivation I need to go through a lengthy process of preparations and matches and, to perform at my best.

    Reigning champion privileges, the long (5 yr) span of the cycle, changes made during the cycle resulting in a new format (Candidates) that no World Champion has had to go through since Kasparov, puzzling ranking criteria as well as the shallow ceaseless match-after-match concept are all less than satisfactory in my opinion.

    By providing you with 4 months notice before the earliest start of the Candidates as well as in time before you have presented player contracts or detailed regulations, I rest assured that you will be able to find an appropriate replacement.

    Although the purpose of this letter is not to influence you to make further changes to the ongoing cycle, I would like to take the opportunity to present a few ideas about future cycles in line with our input to FIDE during the December 27th 2008 phone-conference between FIDE leaders and a group of top-level players.

    In my opinion privileges should in general be abolished and a future World Championship model should be based on a fair fight between the best players in the World, on equal terms. This should apply also to the winner of the previous World Championship, and especially so when there are several players at approximately the same level in the world elite. (Why should one player have one out of two tickets to the final to the detriment of all remaining players in the world? Imagine that the winner of the 2010 Football World Cup would be directly qualified to the 2014 World Cup final while all the rest of the teams would have to fight for the other spot.)

    One possibility for future cycles would be to stage an 8-10 player World Championship tournament similar to the 2005 and 2007 events.

    The proposal to abolish the privileges of the World Champion in the future is not in any way meant as criticism of, or an attack on, the reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who is a worthy World Champion, a role model chess colleague and a highly esteemed opponent.

    Rest assured that I am still motivated to play competitive chess. My current plan is to continue to participate in well-organised top-level tournaments and to try to maintain the no 1 spot on the rating list that I have successfully defended for most of 2010.

    Best regards,
    IGM Magnus Carlsen

  4. FIDE statement concerning the Candidates Matches 2011
    FIDE respects that every player makes his own decisions and regrets that GM Magnus Carlsen has expressed his desire to withdraw from the upcoming Candidates Matches. It is always a big loss for any event when a player of Magnus Carlsen’s strength is not participating. FIDE’s policy is to review regularly the World Championship cycle after consultation with the top world players. At this point in time, the current cycle is in its final stages and it is not possible for FIDE to change its regulations. In the case of GM Magnus Carlsen not participating, according to regulations GM Alexander Grischuk from Russia will be his replacement.

    The match system for the World Championship has been in place for around a century with some slight variations such as in 1948 or 1999-2007 when round-robin or knock-out tournaments were also used to decide the world title. FIDE has always been sceptical about World Championship matches instead of tournaments. Ten years ago, FIDE established that the World Champion should not have any privilege when entering the World Championship Tournament (knock-out or round-robin), in accordance with the current suggestions of GM Magnus Carlsen. After 2007, FIDE discussed the format with a number of top players and many of them, including former World Champions Anatoly Karpov, Gary Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik still preferred a match to decide the winner of the title instead of a tournament. FIDE accepted this change and returned to the classical system of a World Championship Match but without the privilege of the World Champion keeping his title in case of a tie.

    As a matter of principle, FIDE cannot change its regulations upon the wish of a single player, even if this player is the World Champion or the No. 1 or No. 2 of the world ratings. On the other hand, FIDE is always open for suggestions which can be applicable in the future and which would also support or increase the marketing value of the World Championship.

    Best regards,

    Georgios Makropoulos
    FIDE Deputy President

  5. Grischuk to replace Carlsen in the Candidates:
    Alexander Grischuk, born 31 October 1983, is from Russia and the current chess champion of his country. In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2000 he made it to the semi finals, in 2004 he made it to the quarter finals. He finished in the top ten in the 2005 FIDE World Cup, which qualified him for the 2007 Candidates Tournament, where he advanced to the eight-player FIDE World Chess Championship 2007 tournament, where he finished last.

    Along with being a top-level professional, Grischuk is also known as one of the best blitz chess players in the world, winning the 2006 World Blitz Championship in Rishon Lezion, Israel with 10.5 points out of 15 games. Grischuk is married to the Ukrainian WGM Natalia Zhukova.


  6. “I understand that it is a personal decision of Magnus and he must have thought it over, but it’s sad. The cycle has a clear direction and seems to have the pieces in place. We have the most probable venue and organisation for both stages and the match in London would definitely be a high point in chess, something I am keenly looking forward to. The candidiates by itself will be an extremely strong and very keenly contested event.”
    World Champion Viswanathan Anand


  7. Loal Davis (DoughBoy)

    I may well be wrong, but there is a part of me that thinks that THIS is not Carlsen’s time to assail the throne anyway. In the last few tournaments, Carlsen has lost (rather convincingly) to Anand (current World Champion) and Kramnik (Prior World Champion). Yes he (Carlsen) is younger – He does not have as much experience as either of the other two. The World seems to root for ‘Youth’ and the ‘New Lad on the Block) – but chess is the Great Equalizer in age/sex/etc. Carsen has been, lost it for awhile, and regained the ‘Top Spot’ on the World Ratings. He has been phenomenal at taking out lower rated players, and almost all of the people rated around him – With The Exception of Anand and Kramnik. In a match for the World Championship, ratings don’t matter – Moves Do. Picking up rating points by beating players other than Anand and Kramnik is not available in a match. There – you must play the VERY TOUGH opponent on the other side of the board. I look back to Fischer in 1971 when he deferred to Bent Larsen in the playing of Board #1 in the USSR vs the World matchup. Therefore, Fischer did not play Spassky (whom he had not won a single game from at that time), but instead played against Petrosian. It may well have been that Fischer lacked confidence against Spassky and didn’t want to drive that nail in, and didn’t want to feed Spassky’s confidence. Remember – Fischer was about to play a match for the World Championship (1972). As I said earlier, there’s a part of me that thinks that Carlsen may well be thinking along similar lines. It may well be that THIS is not Carlsen’s time. Regardless of the validity of my ‘psychological’ evaluation, I feel that Carlsen still has some work to do.

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