Kamsky vs Topalov


Kamsky vs. Topalov

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Thibault de Vassal    (2008-11-07)
Kamsky vs. Topalov

"Kamsky vs. Topalov" to sell...

Roustam Kamsky, father of world championship candidates Gata Kamsky had hard words against FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov : "I do not have any faith in FIDE and Mr. Ilyumzhinov who in front of the whole world breached his word, which is not the first time. Also, I do not have much faith in Mr. Makropoulos, a personal friend of Mr. Danailov."

More surprising, he said a few words about the former match Anand vs. Kasparov : "I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate Vishy Anand on his true victory. This is his third victory at the world championship. I think he could have achieved even more success if during his match against Kasparov he did not have as his trusted seconds grandmasters from the former Soviet Union. I was very impressed by the organization of Anand’s match in Bonn, Germany, except that the match should have been played between Kamsky and Anand. It was unjust to allow Russian GM Kramnik to play three world championship matches, in 2006, 2007, 2008, without a proper selection, just so Russia can maintain the world championship title."

The whole open letter is intersting to read...

Chessbase news :


Thibault de Vassal    (2008-11-09 00:08:30)
Fire on board...

Open letter by Gata Kamsky :

"Dear President, gentelmen, Susan,

When I first saw Bill's letter I was happy, because finally USCF has been showing strong support for their representative. Whether there could be a better solution or a more diplomatic one is a good question, but the reality is that there is no time to negotiate and given FIDE's strong-arm history of negotiating, it is not likely to succeed.

When I spoke with FIDE Vice President Mr. Makropoulos in Greece, it was decided that both my team and Mr. Topalov's team would meet during the rest day at the Olympiad in Dresden to negotiate and discuss everything, including technical details. With their last public statement, Mr. Illumjinov not only attempted to revoke his personal guarantee of the match, but he also imposed the time limit of one week for the players to acceed to his demands and at the same time re-awarded the bid to the Bulgarian Federation, which was the original FIDE's intention in the first place. You all are aware of the clause in the FIDE regulation for this "special" match that gave the Bulgarian Chess Federation a privilege of matching any bid that is coming from my side, which effectively ruined any attempt to find and submit a bid from the United States.

Throughout the negotiations with my managers, FIDE did nothing to find a sponsor on their own, despite the fact that it was solely FIDE's decision to create this match, and thus to allow Mr. Topalov a backdoor into the final steps of the qualification proceedings for the world championship title, quite unfairly, I might add.

FIDE's entire purpose, for chess players, for fairness, has been changed into a special interest group organization and I personally believe that any negotiations with FIDE rulers or tsars, or whatever you like to call them, will be unsuccessful.

The time for the negotiation is over and the only way to fight FIDE is to expose their mistakes, and perhaps fight them in a court of law if and when FIDE broke the law. Therefore, I would respectfully request all USCF Board members to unite and find ways to make sure that justice and fairness will prevail.

Gata Kamsky

Saturday, November 8, 2008"

More informations on Chessbase news :

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-11-16 21:09:54)
Kamsky vs. FIDE

The match continues... Only the board changed, and the "prize" may increase whatever the way.


Don Groves    (2008-11-16 23:43:27)
Organizations become evil

Robert Townsend said it best in Up the Organization; that after some period of time, organizations become more concerned with their own survival than whatever it was they were designed to organize.

Combine this with the idea that power corrupts, and we find that all organizations eventually become corrupt and primarily concerned with retaining power at whatever cost.

Thibault de Vassal    (2009-02-14 13:29:46)
Topalov vs. Kamsky

The match between Veselin Topalov & Gataulla Kamskiy (Gata Kamsky) is about to start, a former challenger of Vladimir Kramnik and a former challenger of Anatoly Karpov in the FIDE World Championship, quite surprising.

Both usually make amazing performances in top chess tournaments, but not exactly as regularly as Garry Kasparov. Who do you expect to win such a match ?

The prize fund is $250,000, the winner should play current FIDE world champion Viswanathan Anand later this year.

More to read in an interview with Veselin Topalov in Chessbase news, particularly on the Lvov bid, originally of $750,000.


Thibault de Vassal    (2009-02-25 00:21:15)
Topalov vs. Kamsky games

Topalov now leads by 3.5 / 2.5

Two games left to equalize...

Thibault de Vassal    (2009-02-27 16:23:19)
Topalov beats Kamsky

The bulgarian super GM Veselin Topalov won his candidates match against Gata Kamsky 4.5 - 2.5

So we'll have a match Anand vs. Topalov for the FIDE world championship final match, right ? Any favourite ?!