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|Jan-23-07|| ||MrPatzer: Shirov looks awfully pleased for a guy who basically got hammered.|
|Jan-23-07|| ||positionalgenius: Yep.He barely got past a 16 year old Alexander Grischuk in the semis.|
|Jan-23-07|| ||who: It looks like they're holding a roll of red tape. Am I mistaken?|
|Jan-23-07|| ||ahmadov: <MrPatzer: Shirov looks awfully pleased for a guy who basically got hammered.> Was the picture taken after the match?|
|Jan-25-07|| ||ganeshknight: <ahmadov: <MrPatzer: Shirov looks awfully pleased for a guy who basically got hammered.> Was the picture taken after the match?> Nope. It was drawing of lots.|
|Jan-25-07|| ||ganeshknight: You can see Shirov having White Knight and Anand having the Black Knight. And Shirov had white in the first game|
|Jan-28-07|| ||Karpova: Shirov didn't have the slightest chance - a great success for Anand!|
|Jan-08-08|| ||talisman: glad to find this, kind of hard to find though.|
|Jan-08-08|| ||Cactus: How do I find this page (other than in 'Recent Kibitzing'? This doesn't seem to be in the 'FIDE' group of pages or the 'History of the World Championship' pages.|
|Jan-08-08|| ||Udit Narayan: <Cactus> If you visit either Anand's or Shirov's pages, there is a heading "World Championships" which provides a link to here.|
|Jun-14-08|| ||talisman: <MrPatzer> well alexei can say he's in good company.name 3 participants who did not win 1 game in a world championship match.|
|Jun-16-08|| ||lorker: garry kasparov! ermm who else? vassily ivanchuk, and hmm... i think thats it isnt it?|
|Jun-16-08|| ||cuendillar: Fischer remained winless in 1975, but does it count like a match? There's also Lasker-Capablanca World Championship Match (1921), Lasker-Janowski World Championship Match (1910), Lasker-Marshall World Championship Match (1907).|
|Jun-16-08|| ||fromoort: Yep, it's red electrical insulating tape - very rare in India, Spain and Latvia. No wonder both Anand and Shirov are so happy to receive a roll as their prize.|
|Jun-17-08|| ||talisman: <lorker and cuendillar> great job.
alas, <fromoort> gets the FIDE duct tape prize.|
|Jun-25-08|| ||fromoort: <talisman>Lol...I'll still take it. It comes in pretty useful in many situations.|
|Oct-24-08|| ||hedgeh0g: <Lithuanian-born Alexey Shirov>|
I thought he was from Latvia...
|Oct-24-08|| ||Cactus: Yes, he is the 'Magician from Riga version 2.0', and Riga is in Latvia.|
|Oct-25-08|| ||VaselineTopLove: Doesn't chessgames have all the games from this knockout starting from round 1?|
I want to see if Anand had dropped a single game in this knockout.
|Oct-25-08|| ||percyblakeney: <I want to see if Anand had dropped a single game in this knockout.>|
He scored +7 -0 =9 in the classical games, and had to play rapid tiebreak only against Khalifman:
|Nov-02-08|| ||VaselineTopLove: I think Anand started considering this FIDE 2000 win to be important, especially after Kramnik beat Kasparov, because Anand never really felt he was inferior to Kramnik, Topalov, Leko or anyone else. He only acknowledged Kasparov as being the best in his generation, but probably felt he was the next best after GK, and saw no reason to degrade his own achievement once GK was no longer the champ and given that Kramnik's own match and tournament record wasn't all that spectacular (barring his win over GK).|
Had Kasparov won the K-K 2000 match, I'm sure Anand would not have valued his FIDE title as much as he does...
|Nov-02-08|| ||VaselineTopLove: FIDE should have organized a re-unification match between Anand and Kramnik (two different title holders) in 2001 instead of organizing another FIDE Knockout in 2001. That way the schism could have been resolved much earlier.|
Perhaps this was in the works but somehow never saw the light of day because of FIDE bureaucracy, or Kasparov's tactics at filibustering such an effort because that would leave him out, or Kramnik's refusal to defend his title so soon, just so that he could hold on to it for several years...
|Nov-02-08|| ||acirce: <VaselinTopLove> In principle it would have been a golden opportunity. However, it was obviously not Braingames' intention to unify the titles under FIDE instead of going on with their own cycle as planned, and it was obviously not Kramnik's intention to break his contract with them as the first thing he did as new champion.|
Anand was not overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the idea either. He said after winning the FIDE title in Tehran that a unification match would be fine but would not solve anything at all.
|Nov-02-08|| ||VaselineTopLove: What was Kramnik's contract with Braingames? And why did Anand feel a re-unification match would not have solved anything?|
|Nov-05-08|| ||hitman84: This is what Anand had to say in 2004.
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