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Ciudad de Leon XVIII (2005)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Alexey Shirov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Shirov vs Kasimdzhanov 0-141 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Shirov vs Kasimdzhanov 0-143 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Kasimdzhanov vs Shirov  ½-½38 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIC42 Petrov Defense
4. Kasimdzhanov vs Shirov  ½-½36 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. Anand vs Carlsen 1-030 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIC42 Petrov Defense
6. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½39 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Anand vs Carlsen 1-071 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIC42 Petrov Defense
8. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½30 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
9. Kasimdzhanov vs Anand ½-½68 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. Kasimdzhanov vs Anand 1-063 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Anand vs Kasimdzhanov 1-033 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Anand vs Kasimdzhanov 1-039 2005 Ciudad de Leon XVIIIC88 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-13-05  fgh: Good result for Kasimdzhanov :-) And first btw!
Jun-13-05  Kangaroo: Interesting enough: Anand sacrificed three pieces against Kasimdzhanov, with two games won and one lost!
Jun-13-05
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  notyetagm: <Kangaroo: Interesting enough: Anand sacrificed three pieces against Kasimdzhanov, with two games won and one lost!>

Gee, if Kramnik had done that he would have lost all three games! :-)

Jun-13-05  iron maiden: Why couldn't they have Shirov and Carlsen play a match for third?
Jun-13-05  Kangaroo: To <notyetagm> - Don't be so unfair to the acting champion of the world. He has sacrificed sucessfully many more pieces and the number of words directed against him!
Jun-13-05
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  notyetagm: <Kangaroo: To <notyetagm> - Don't be so unfair to the acting champion of the world.>

Acting, indeed. :-)

Jun-13-05  Kangaroo: <<notyetagm>: <Kangaroo: To <notyetagm> - Don't be so unfair to the acting champion of the world.>

Acting, indeed. :-)>

I can only repeat that Kramnik is <formally> the acting champion of the world.

In my view, this is a more valuable title than the FIDE championship currently owned by the 24-th players in the worldwide list!

Jun-13-05  Montreal1666: <In my view, this is a more valuable title than the FIDE championship currently owned by the 24-th players in the worldwide list! >

Yes me too I agree with this. But comming this October if one of the players who are ranked higher than Kramnik wins the FIDE championship (a very likely possibility) it is the FIDE championship that becomes more valuable. The reason that Kasparov could survive away from FIDE was that he was the No. 1 player in the world and no one could dispute his championship. It is very odd to see that at the end of M-Tel, Kramnik was not concerned at all and was very casual with the Journalist and was very full of himself.

Jun-13-05  Kangaroo: To <Montreal1666>: Anand mentioned (perhaps, it has not been properly reported or documented) that IF he wins the next world championship, he will then play against Kramnik. This IF is quite a plausible outcome, assuming that the other participants do not argue with Vishy.

Knowing about the match strength of Kramnik (as the current world champion, with no link to FIDE inflated titles, he won against Kasparov and drew against Leko last year), such a decision may result in the reunification match that will return the world chess community to the situation with Kramnik becoming the united champion!

Jun-13-05
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  acirce: See http://www.chessninja.com/cgi-bin/u...

The interviewer's questions and Anand's replies also seem to contradict what Makropoulos said about the contract issue. "there are still no contracts..."

Btw, FIDE has published the Makropoulos interview as well, together with a couple of corrections of things that "were probably interpreted in a wrong way due to translation problems during the interview" http://fide.com/news.asp?id=727

Jun-13-05  Montreal1666: I have nothing against a unification match. I am just saying that for Kramink to be a worthy champion he should try to stay close the top of the world rankings.

I have also heard about Anand's comment, but I am not sure if it was made before FIDE's annoncement that they will ask the participants in Argentina's championship to sign an agreement to not to play in any title outside FIDE.

Jun-13-05  Montreal1666: In the link given above Anand is just making general comments and he is not commiting to anything. He is just stating his personal feelings. The decision of unificication is not up to the winner of the Argentina's tournoment (Leko, Topalov, Anand, Pogalr,...) but up to FIDE.
Jun-13-05
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  acirce: <The decision of unificication is not up to the winner of the Argentina's tournoment (Leko, Topalov, Anand, Pogalr,...) but up to FIDE.>

Yes, of course. How could you reunify without FIDE? That wouldn't even make sense. And that is also why he's talking about entering negotiations.

Since FIDE on their homepage is repeating Makro's language about not allowing a Kramnik match, this must without doubt be considered their official line as of now. The headline is hilarious, <WE ARE AGAINST WARS AND CONFRONTATIONS>, when this is nothing else than an act of war and confrontation against Kramnik.

Jun-13-05  Montreal1666: Well the first correction they have added is a step forward toward saying that they would like to have a unification. They probably won't say that outright untill after Argentina's tournoment is over and they have crowned their champion. What they are planing to ask the players to sign is just to make sure that any match against Kramnik will be for the sole purpose of unification with FIDE.
Jun-13-05  Hesam7: <Montreal1666: Well the first correction they have added is a step forward toward saying that they would like to have a unification.> Can you post what was corrected?
Jun-13-05  Montreal1666: <We would like to correct a few points, which were probably interpreted in a wrong way due to translation problems during the interview:

1. Concerning GM Kramnik`s proposal for a possible future match between him and the World Champion, Mr Makropoulos clearly stated that FIDE has no possibility to force the World Champion (and not "make" or "ask" as published elsewhere) to play against GM Kramnik.

2. Concerning the prize fund of the new World Championship cycle, the correct saying of Mr Makropoulos was that FIDE will attract USD 5,000,000 during the next two years for the whole cycles of both men`s and women`s world championships (and not only for the Continental Championships and FIDE World Cup as actually written).

3. Concerning the next elections of FIDE in Turin 2006, Mr Makropoulos actually said that he cannot see any candidate able to beat the current President, Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, and he will really be surprised if such a candidate actually wins those elections. The written text mistakenly states that Mr Makropoulos doesn`t see at all any candidates running for the office of FIDE President.>

Jun-13-05  Hesam7: <1. Concerning GM Kramnik`s proposal for a possible future match between him and the World Champion, Mr Makropoulos clearly stated that FIDE has no possibility to force the World Champion (and not "make" or "ask" as published elsewhere) to play against GM Kramnik.>

It sounds positive. I guess they want their (15% ?!) prize share from unification match more than anything else. Thank you <Montreal1666>

Jun-13-05  Montreal1666: My pleasure.
Jun-14-05  pantlko: last game of the match ....i think <chessgame> should include this game in thier daily puzzle coloumn " move 30 ?, white to play and win. howzz that?
Jun-14-05
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  notyetagm: <kangaroo: Knowing about the match strength of Kramnik (as the current world champion, with no link to FIDE inflated titles, he won against Kasparov and drew against Leko last year), such a decision may result in the reunification match that will return the world chess community to the situation with Kramnik becoming the united champion!>

The way Kramnik is playing now, Anand or Topalov would <annihilate> him in a match. How can you even remotely talk about "match strength" when you are blundering games away in 20 moves, which Kramnik has done not once but twice this year?

Jun-14-05  Kangaroo: To <notyetagm>: I agree that Kramnik now is not in his best shape.

We can endlessly argue on what will happen IF ...

Yet, recently there was an interesting interview with Viktor Korchnoi. He apparently said (I am translating it from Russian, trying to deliver the meaning) that:

(A) Kasparov remains the strongest player and it is a pity that he resigned

(B) FIDE champions are numerous and not too often visible or convincing

(C) Kramnik remains the only one who earned his title by winning against Kasparov.

My opinion is pretty much coinciding with that of Korchnoi.

Let us base our conclusions on a comprehensive vision of the past and not on snapshot of the year 2004 and very beginning of 2005!

Jun-14-05
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  Annie K.: Was this tournament rated, and if so, how will it affect the FIDE standings?
Jun-14-05
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  notyetagm: <Annie K.: Was this tournament rated, and if so, how will it affect the FIDE standings?>

No, the FIDE ratings are based <only> on classical (slow) chess results.

Jun-14-05
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  Annie K.: Oh, so this one was a rapid? It doesn't say so anywhere...

Thanks, <notyetagm>. :)

Jan-29-14  nummerzwei: The mid-2000's 1.e4 craze at its peak!
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