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TheJoker
06-03-2008, 11:40 AM
FIDE has annouced the participants and schedule for the upcoming GP series.

http://www.fide.com/news.asp?id=1607

Noteable players not participating include:

Anand
Kramnik
Topalov
Morozevich
Shirov

Kevin Bonham
07-03-2008, 01:36 AM
Noteable players not participating include:

Anand
Kramnik
Topalov
Morozevich
Shirov

Disappointing, and suggests that FIDE have failed to secure the interest of these players with either sufficient $$$ or a schedule to their liking.

There is a risk the 2010 World Championship match will now be lopsided, since the player who challenges the 2009 World Champion will be the winner of a match between the World Cup winner and the winner of this depleted Grand Prix.

The World Cup being such a lottery, it's quite likely the Grand Prix winner will get a clear run at the title. Indeed, whichever two (at least) of Anand, Kramnik and Topalov fail to win the 2009 World Championship match will now need to win the 2009 World Cup knockout or be out of the picture until 2012 world title wise.

Of course, that's their fault for not entering the GP but there must be some reason all three of them declined it.

Then again, by 2010, Carlsen might be enough of a threat to be competitive in a World Title match should he win the Grand Prix (which, on the strength of recent performances, he must have a good chance of doing.)

Garvinator
07-03-2008, 01:47 AM
From www.susanpolgar.blogspot.com

Statement by Mr. Geoffrey Borg of Global Chess regarding the Grand Prix:


"Anand and Topalov would have liked to play but their schedule this year (2008) is very heavy and they are playing some serious matches. Kramnik is also involved in a heavy schedule but he made it clear at the outset that he was not directly interested in the GP.

Shirov actually confirmed but changed his mind during Linares and excused himself correctly and gave us time to replace him with Grischuk.

Morozevich has expressed his opinions openly so this is well known and Judit saw the commitment of four tournaments as too much but welcomed the work being done.

Regarding Ponomariov, this is the President's choice but of course there are also two other Ukrainian players in the GP already and apart from Svidler (who is world number 5), the President's nominations are all from countries which did not have any players in the GP."

So it seems clear to me. Fide in their usual genius manner failed to take into account that their own top players would be participating in the current cycle of matches and would be too busy to participate in the next cycle at the same time.

I would not be surprised if there is a small attempt to keep scuttling these attempts to start anything other than the traditional candidate matches.