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|Jan-15-07|| ||sitzkrieg: <Anand played Karpov in a 6 game match match. In the even of a 3-3 tie, the match would be decided by a series of 2-game rapid matches. Anand fell behing 2>|
This reminds me of Bogulobojv.
|Jan-15-07|| ||sitzkrieg: Lots of errors in these WCH stories.|
|Jan-20-07|| ||whatthefat: <danielpi>
Seems strange that Anand would have the temerity to make such arrogant statements after not only taking part in the other cycle, but receiving a heck of a thumping when he did.
|Jan-21-07|| ||danielpi: <whatthefat> In his defence, Anand gave tons of interviews during that period, and I imagine that after awhile, you just start to say the first things that come to mind, depending on your mood. This may not have been his most thoughtful, measured response. He might have just been sick of people asking him about unification. Or, he might have been a bit miffed that he wasn't being consulted. At any rate, this interview seems to be a bit of an exception to his usual graciousness, so I'd cut him some slack.|
It is surprising, though, which is why I remembered it with reasonable accuracy, six years later. One doesn't expect such things from "nice guy" Anand.
|Jan-21-07|| ||whatthefat: <danielpi> As with you, I consider Anand one of my favourite players, and very sportsmanlike. I suppose it may have just been a throw-away interview, but the way he repeatedly discarded the questions was striking. Nonetheless, he'll have to do a bit worse to get out of my good books - Topalov just managed it.|
|Feb-13-07|| ||botevist: This interview doesn't seem to mean anything as to Anand's personality. He is obviously hostile and doesn't want to answer - for reasons of an arrogant journalist or whatever. Maybe he just got p***ed off by questions he warned them he didn't want to discuss. I don't think public persons should always be polite and nice in interviews - especially when talking to pushy jerks.|
|Feb-13-07|| ||JointheArmy: Anand is a great guy and I don't blame him for getting pissed at some journalist that asks him what he's already been asked many times. We like when Short gives honest answers in interviews, why not Anand?|
|Mar-25-07|| ||Chess Classics: <JointheArmy: Anand is a great guy and I don't blame him for getting pissed at some journalist that asks him what he's already been asked many times. We like when Short gives honest answers in interviews, why not Anand?> Well, presuming some of us actually do like Short's terse answers...|
I am joking. Anand has a very good excuse for losinh his patience.
|Mar-30-07|| ||Timex: Poor Anand, had to play after a good tournament.|
|May-20-07|| ||MJW 72: At least this way no one is going to say that Vishy was a world champ.|
|Aug-20-07|| ||sanyas: Broken link - 'next' sends me to the Belgrade Candidates tournament of '59.|
|Sep-30-07|| ||talisman: 8 games.let it never be again.|
|Oct-07-07|| ||zking: Anand is the only player who is 12years #2. What a patience.|
|Oct-28-07|| ||russep: was this match really only 8 games long or are their games missing?|
|Oct-28-07|| ||Karpova: <russep: was this match really only 8 games long or are their games missing?>|
Answer: <Anand played Karpov in a 6 game match match. In the even of a 3-3 tie, the match would be decided by a series of 2-game rapid matches. Anand fell behing 2 games to 1 but summoned enough strength and won the sixth game to bring the match into overtime. Karpov, however, won 2 speed games and remained FIDE champion.>
Source: Karpov-Anand World Championship (1998)
|Jan-05-08|| ||slomarko: what is all this discussion? Anand was the real world champion in 2000 same as Khalifman in 99 or Pono in 2001. at the the same time Kramnik with an armada of seconds (Svidler, etc) managed barely to draw a match against Leko. Anand had all the right in the world to consider himself a true world champion in 2000.|
|Apr-01-08|| ||VaselineTopLove: <He would have no way of anticipating this. Kook at the other WC KO winners: Khalifman etc. Almost any one can win in this format.>|
Karpov himself said in interviews after the match that he had prepared for Anand or Kramnik, but since Kramnik dropped out, he focused mainly on Anand. Anand was Karpov's biggest fear in Groningen.
|Oct-04-08|| ||Cactus: <slomarko> I can see Anand, and even Ponomariov, but Khalifman? When he won the lottery that is the FIDE championship, wasn't he 63rd in the world in ELO? Today, that would make him the equivilent of Ivan Ivanisevic, rated 2658, a player I've never even heard of. That was why noone considered the FIDE championships all that important: anyone could win. As well, in the FIDE championship in Libya, only two of the top ten played. Not only that, but FIDE allowed Libya to bar Jews from participating. It amazes me that FIDE would do that even today.|
|Oct-04-08|| ||acirce: <Not only that, but FIDE allowed Libya to bar Jews from participating.>|
It's annoying that this disturbing myth persists. Why would Libya even want to ban Jews? Israelis would at least be plausible, but they didn't do this, either (and of course would not have been allowed to by FIDE). Every official statement said the opposite.
|Oct-04-08|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: So Anand lost to Karpov, but then Karpov was stronger than Kramnik even then, and now Anand is even stronger himself...so who will win in Bilboa?|
Answers on a postcard.
|Oct-04-08|| ||cannibal: <...so who will win in Bilboa?
Answers on a postcard.>
Tapolov, I'd say.
|Oct-05-08|| ||Cactus: <acirce> Normally, you're the most factual person on the web site but here I have to disagree with you. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIDE_W...|
Perhaps the greatest criticism has concerned the choice of Libya as venue. Claims of human rights abuses, and state sponsored terrorism have caused some consternation, but on a more practical level the country's history of not allowing entry to citizens of Israel has been of some concern, as three Israeli players (Boris Gelfand, Emil Sutovsky and Ilia Smirin) had either qualified for the championships or were high on the list of reserves (in the event of qualifiers choosing not to play). Additionally, a number of players have joint Israeli and American citizenship, and so were also expected to be disallowed entry.
With this in mind, FIDE originally announced that a parallel event in Malta would be held alongside the one in Tripoli to ensure that Israeli players could take part--Sutovsky sent his entry form back on the condition he played in Malta . This parallel event was cancelled, however, following a press release from the Libyan authorities that "The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya will pleasantly provide entry visas to all the qualified participants of this great Championship", which was taken by most (including FIDE) to mean that all players, including Israelis, would be welcome to take part. This appeared to be contradicated by a statement from Mohammed Qadhafi, chairman of the Libyan Olympic Committee (FIDE is affiliated with the IOC) and son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, that "We [the Libyans] did not and will not invite the Zionist enemy to this championship." 
Several prominent figures have criticized FIDE over this matter, with both Grandmaster Boris Gulko, a Jew with joint American and Israeli citizenship, and Beatriz Marinello, president of the United States Chess Federation writing open letters to FIDE criticizing their handling of the issue .
On May 13, the Anti-Defamation League wrote to FIDE, saying it was "troubling" that Libya should be hosting the championships, and urging FIDE to ensure that Israeli players were treated equally. The letter raises concerns over the Libyans not allowing the coaches and families of Israeli players into the country . Similar concerns were expressed in an Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) open letter of May 26  (the ACP have also criticized several other aspects of the tournament's organization).
FIDE has maintained throughout that Israeli players would have been issued with visas upon their arrival in Libya. This assurance was never put to the test, however: none of the qualified players took part in the championship and Boris Gulko, who has joint American and Israeli citizenship, withdrew from the event after initially indicating he played (fellow Americans Alexander Shabalov and Alexander Onischuk also withdrew in sympathy with the concerns of Gulko and others ). The only player in the final list of participants with an Israeli passport--Vadim Milov, representing Switzerland--never travelled to Libya: he complained that his official invitation to the event had arrived so late (on the day of the opening ceremony, one day before the first game) that it was physically impossible for him to get to Libya with it in time. Milov claims that this constituted a deliberate attempt by FIDE to exclude him . In response, FIDE said that the delay in sending Milov's invitation was due to Milov not sending them his passport details until a deadline had passed, and that even with this delay, Milov could still have arrived in Tripoli in time for his first game, which they had offered to postpone if necessary . Milov took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Tribunal Arbitral de Sport) in Lausanne  which found that FIDE "undertook extraordinary efforts to make sure that Claimant [Milov] could participate in the WCC 2004 although such efforts could and should have been made earlier" and ultimately cleared FIDE of any ill-intentioned effort to exclude Milov, concluding "there is no ground for Claimant to claim damages from Respondent.". Milov later responded to this decision in an open letter .
It was also reported (on June 17) that the Israeli chess federation was considering suing FIDE "for compensation for the damages incurred by our exclusion from this tournament"
|Oct-05-08|| ||Cactus: Basically, the most important part of that was "We [the Libyans] did not and will not invite the Zionist enemy to this championship."|
|Oct-05-08|| ||acirce: <Cactus> Most of that text is irrelevant for what I said, and I stand by it. Every official statement said that all the qualified participants were welcome. I don't put much significance to rumours and biased interpretations. A bigger problem was that Israeli law didn't allow Israelis to go to Libya. Sutovsky mentioned that as a reason why he could not go.|
|Oct-05-08|| ||Cactus: But what do you make of the whole 'zionist enemy' statement?|
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