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|May-25-09|| ||Udit Narayan: <dx9293> Sure, they may legally have the right to have been called world champions. But most people wouldn't favor either Khalifman or Kasimdzhanov in a 12+ games match against the likes of Kasparov, Anand, or Kramnik. They may have been FIDE champions, but they were never the people's champions.|
|May-25-09|| ||dx9293: <Udit Narayan> We don't know how Khalifman or Kasimdzhanov would fare in a match against the players you mentioned:|
Kasparov? No chance...of getting Garry to a chessboard unless it was under the auspices his new organization-of-the-month (let's see: there was the PCA, the WCC, BGN...any others I'm forgetting about?).
Anand? He did win in 2000, and was not given fair conditions in 1997-98 versus Karpov, but Anand was not a slam dunk to win the Championships either.
Kramnik? He never tested his mettle in the Championships as far as I remember, correct me if I'm wrong. I love Kramnik, but he was busy being Kasparov's hand-picked challenger.
Personally, I think of the FIDE Champions as being more of the "People's Champions" than Kasparov (after 1993) and Kramnik! Khalifman (1999), Anand (2000), Ponomariov (2002), and Kasimdzhanov (2004) had to beat out roughly 100 "common folk" to become the Champion, not just sit on their high ranking and play whoever they wanted.
|Jun-27-09|| ||percyblakeney: On the question if Kasim deserves more invitations to top events or not, it's not as if he has missed out totally. In his Corus A starts he has failed to reach the top ten, -3 being his best score. He was last in Linares 2005, and is playing in the Grand Prix series, where his latest result was last place in Nalchik. He also played San Luis 2005 and was given a spot in the Candidates 2007. In this year's Corus B he shared second with Short behind Caruana.|
On the next rating list Kasim will be just over 2670 and not in the top 50, and there are many higher rated players with very few invitations. Malakhov has been around 2675-2700 seven years in a row (and higher than that lately), usually ahead of Kasim, but has never played the top tournaments the latter has been invited to. Considering how hard it is to get these invitations Kasimdzhanov will probably need to start showing better results to once again be included in events like Linares and Corus.
|Aug-31-09|| ||dx9293: Congratulations to Rustam for returning to the 2700 Club for the first time since October 2001! I hope he can stay there for awhile.|
|Aug-31-09|| ||nigelsnoru: Nicely done Kasim. I believe he was the dead-bottom seed in Jermuk, yet managed to share third place, and gained the most rating points of any of the players. Impressive.|
|Dec-05-09|| ||kurtrichards: Happy Birthday, Rustam!|
|Dec-05-09|| ||Red October: Happy Birthday <GM Kasimdzhanov>|
|Jun-20-10|| ||wordfunph: GM Joel Lautier once told Paul Hoffman that GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov's nickname is "@#$%* Genius" because of the range of his knowledge of literature, poetry, and other non-chess subjects.|
(Source: King's Gambit - A Son, A Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game by Paul Hoffman)
|Nov-16-10|| ||wordfunph: Congrats to GM Kasimdzhanov for winning the 2010 Asian Games Individual Rapid with 7.5/9 ahead of 19 GMs..|
|Feb-15-11|| ||KingV93: Well, Kasimdzhanov is 1/2 of a point off the lead at Aeroflot, hope he wins it, he seems like a good guy.|
|Feb-28-11|| ||hand banana: i see that he just released three DVDs called "Beating the French Vol. 2 "|
i think the best way of beating the french would be to dress like hitler, and watch as they resign instantly.
|Mar-05-11|| ||Octavia: <Personally, I think of the FIDE Champions as being more of the "People's Champions" than Kasparov (after 1993) and Kramnik!>
But Kasimdzhanov is also the best foreigner to speak English well that I've ever heard! He's given some lectures on Fritz which are a joy to listen to because of the excellent English - they're quite demanding chess wise. He gave 6 lectures in 2008.
|Mar-05-11|| ||HeMateMe: His wife is hot. Never discount these little plusses.|
|Jul-21-11|| ||dx9293: Wow...Kasimdzhanov wants a result in every single game! Interesting proposal today on ChessBase. It goes against chess history, but no doubt chess would become much more interesting to the public and to sponsors.|
Maybe we have to do something radical like this.
|Jul-21-11|| ||yoozum: It's definitely an interesting proposal and I kind of like it, but it doesn't change the fact that chess probably won't ever be "cool" and not very many people can grasp what's going on in a GM game.|
|Jul-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: Its another Frankenstein version of chess. Why not add another piece, a submarine piced, that can hyperspace onto the board anywhere? That was Capablanca's idea.|
Best solution so far, I think, is the simple 3 points for a victory. This produces an incentive to play sharper variations. The best players will have to play more often for the win, or be left behind.
If two players have produced a well played draw, why insult their skills by making them play 20 minute blitz chess. In fact, what Kasim proposes is that there will never be a result, all serious games will be marred by being reduced to blitz games.
Just try more tournaments with 1) 3 points for a victory, and 2) Sofia rule, no draws offered before move 30. I would also prefer that an experienced arbiter would have to "allow" the draw at that point, meaning that if their was a sufficient amount of tension in the position, the two players must continue.
If one isn't trying to win, why even show up? If one player is trying to draw quickly because of fatigue, then he shouldn't be saved by a quick draw. Fitness is a part of every sport; chess players should not be able to escape this principle.
|Jul-21-11|| ||laskersteinitz: I heartily disagree with Kasmidzhanov's proposal. However, I do agree that short draws are detrimental to our sport and are one reason it is less mainstream than we would like it to be. But the real barrier is the fact that it takes effort, even on the part of strong chess players, to understand and appreciate top-level chess. The efforts needed to appreciate chess as a spectator are very close to the ones the players themselves put in at the board. This is clearly not the case with tennis or soccer. You don't need to sweat your tail off to appreciate a Wimbledon final or a Champions League final.|
|Jul-21-11|| ||nimh: Short draws constitute a small share of all games, so it really isn't a problem. If the number of draws in top level is too many, then how about just shortening the time controls? Sofia rules, 3-1-0 scoring system and propositions by Kasim and Chitatelsky are unnatural.|
Chitatelsky's ideas can be read here.
|Jul-22-11|| ||MaxxLange: <..short draws are detrimental to our sport and are one reason it is less mainstream than we would like it to be. But the real barrier is the fact that it takes effort, even on the part of strong chess players, to understand and appreciate top-level chess>|
Yes. I read articles like this, and wonder, what are these folks thinking? The reason that Linares isn't a big TV event like Wimbledon is that viewers would say, '"ah, the players are just gonna draw, let's play XBox instead"?
|Jul-22-11|| ||alexmagnus: Well, the example of the Soviet Union some 50 years ago shows chess <can> be a mainstream sport. I mean, most of that generation plays, and quite strongly. My grandpa doesn't know any opening name yet still convincingly beats me (I'm 1600ish).|
|Aug-24-11|| ||nummerzwei: I find the proposals made by Kasimdzhanov and, subsequently, Shipov really unspeakable.|
In particular, I wonder whether there is any (mathematical, chessical, psychological) basis for Kasim's claim that the winning scores in high-level tournaments would increase if his proposal was implemented. I can't think of any.
|Mar-20-12|| ||shivasuri4: In the 13th round of he Bundesliga 2011-12,Rustam Kasimdzhanov of the top seeded (and ranked) OSG Baden Baden beat IM Roeland Pruijssers of SK Turm Emsdetten in a 59 move Dutch defense, with the white pieces.|
Earlier in the 12th round, he drew against GM Jon Ludvig Hammer of Werder Bremen in a 34 move Nimzo Indian with the black pieces.
|Apr-25-12|| ||Nightsurfer: The former World Champion of International Chess 2004, namely <Rustam Kasimdzhanov>, has a broader view on the colourful culture of Chess than the average player. Therefore he plays Chinese Chess <XiangQi> as well, please have a look at the photo as follows: http://www.chessbase.de/2010/Chinas... ... - and there you see <Rustam Kasimdzhanov> sitting at a board of International Chess after that has been transformed into a board of <XiangQi> and obviously discussing <XiangQi> with Alexander Grischuk.|
The former World Champion of International Chess 2004, that is to say: <Rustam Kasimdzhanov>, is not the only person who has not only learned International Chess, but who plays Chinese Chess <XiangQi> as well.
Members of the club are: the former Women's World Champion in International Chess, namely Zhu Chen ; the former Women's World Champion in International Chess, namely Xie Jun.
Prominent male players who both play International Chess and <XiangQi> are: the charming Alexander Grischuk ; the RISING STARS Zhong Zhang , Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue ; the former German candidate to become World Champion of International Chess, that is Robert Huebner; last not least <THE PIONEER of INTERNATIONAL CHESS in CHINA>, namely Liu Wenzhe - please check out the corresponding personal pages!
|Apr-25-12|| ||Nightsurfer: In case that one would like to know more about that mysterious Chinese brand of chess that has been the basis of so many Chinese careers in International Chess and that even fascinates a player like <Rustam Kasimdzhanov>, namely that thrilling game <XiangQi>: herewith the link that will lead you to a clip that the German program of MTV has produced on Chinese Chess aka <XiangQi>: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBX....|
The Chinese version of Chess can be compared to modern strategic <tabletop games>, please have a look at a clip that features the climax of a game of <XiangQi> after having transformed the traditional pieces into units on a tabletop: Red army corners Black General, and that is the matrix of the dreaded <HORSE-CANNON-PALCORNER-CHECKMATE> - please watch the final moves in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_ef... .
The foregoing clip has transformed the final moves of the friendly game Rene Gralla vs Phan Thang, Hamburg 2003, into a scenario of <Chinese Battle Chess>.
That very game <Rene Gralla vs Phan Thang> has been battled out on February 28th, 2003, at Hamburg, Germany, at the place of the Vietnamese <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> at the square <Berliner Platz> in the eastern part of Hamburg.
The well-known <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> is a mentor of Chinese Chess, herewith a photo: http://shaolinchess.de/svalban0.gif .
|Apr-26-12|| ||Nightsurfer: The game that has been featured in the <XiangQi>-video that has been aired by MTV, namely the contest between the well-known German experts on e-sports and electronic games, that is to say: Daniel "Budi" Budiman (herewith the biography: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel...)/ Red vs. Etienne Cedric "Eddy" Garde (herewith the biography: http://www.esport.de/wiki/Etienne_G... )/Black - please see once more again the clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBX... - , can be watched from the first move to the last check by following the link as follows: http://www.gameone.de/blog/2010/9/g... , you have just to click on the second picture on that page!|
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