Tomorrow will begin Candidate Challenges in Kazan with those eight players, which have been classified by the complicated system of qualifying tournaments using tournament or series of tournaments (World Cup, the Grand Prix of FIDE), or because they have privilege to participate for other reasons. Dueling Candidates themselves are held in three phases. In the four games of the quarterfinals and semifinals, losing just one point can be decisive. Apart from chess skills, nerves play an important role in that struggle. "A four games is like playing Russian roulette," said GM Artur Jussupov in its forecast for the challenge. The eight "gladiators" are: Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) vs. Gata Kamsky (USA), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) vs. Teimur Radjabow (Azerbaijan), Levon Aronjan (Armenia) vs. Alexander Grischuk (Russia) and Boris Gelfand (Israel) vs. Shakry Mamedjarow (Azerbaijan).
By Dagobert Kohlmeyer
This week starts the Dueling candidates in Kazan, Russia, one if not the chess point of the year 2011. Players and coaches have come to the metropolis on Tuesday of the Tartars and Wednesday are going to perform the opening ceremony of this tournament candidates. As of Thursday (tomorrow) the eight super grandmasters will determine who receives the right to challenge the reigning world champion, Vishy Anand (India) for the title. These are the interesting pairings: Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) vs. Gata Kamsky (USA), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) vs. Teimur Radjabow (Azerbaijan), Levon Aronjan (Armenia) vs. Alexander Grischuk (Russia) and Boris Gelfand (Israel) vs. Shakry Mamedjarow (Azerbaijan).
Unfortunately, the "crown prince" is not part of the illustrious group of participants was removed because the current circuit for the World Championship. Two more controversial details: Gata Kamsky has roots Tartars Kazan which for him is practically a home game, and the other thing is that the two main favorites, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik, in the case of both to survive the first round , will face off in a direct duel and in the semifinals.
Both the first and the second phase of the Candidate Challenges, will be played four games, respectively. In the event that the match ended in a 2:2 tie, be played a match tiebreaker. The final, to be held from May 19 will be played by a duel to six games. Latest, on May 26 we will know who the challenger will face title against Viswanathan Anand in 2012. The prize fund of Candidate Challenges is a total of 500,000 euro, of which, as always, the FIDE calls you. Net Awards, organizers said were 420,000. The losers of the first round (the quarterfinals), will receive 30,000 euros. Players who are eliminated in the semifinals will leave with 60,000 euros and the two finalists will be 90,000 euros each. The real money wins the challenger to world champion next year. It is unclear where or when the next contest will be held the title of World Chess Champion. London had offered to host, but withdrew the offer after a dispute with FIDE. FIDE is now due to receive new offers.
I thought, what player I could give a forecast for the games. And I live in Germany, came to my head the name of Artur Jussupov instantly. No one has played as many candidates as he duels, including three semi-finals, meaning that the man knows what he is talking. Artur, you have the word!
Topalov - Kamsky
The favorite is Veselin Topalov. Evaluraría your chances of winning at a rate of 60:40, but no more.
I know from my own experience, it is very difficult to beat the same opponent twice. I have never succeeded. Dutchman Jan Timman in his time, hit me back. It was in the Duel of candidates in 1992. Gata Kamsky I think it will be extremely motivated.
You will want to avenge their defeat against Topalov in 2009 in Sofia. There may well be a surprise. Kamsky, despite having taken a paréntisis nearly ten years, has been placed back on top of world. Yet above all, but it certainly is impressive, how it is performing. It is also a fighter with nerves of steel and is obviously very good in shape, has once again proved to be crowned U.S. Champion recently. Cat is playing the first level. Is to remove the hat! Have many followers in Kazan.
Kramnik - Radjabov
I do not know exactly what fitness Vladimir Kramnik is now. If everything goes normal, he is the favorite.
In his case also give a possibility of 60:40 to claim the victory. But if you weaken the health, Kramnik would have it hard against Teimour Radjabov hungry.
Know, what was the reason for the poor performance of Vladimir in the Amber tournament in Monaco in March this year. I do not know if he was wrong or if it just was not in shape. Naturally not want to show anything either of its preparations for the Challenges of Candidates. Kramnik has extensive experience in the games. That is something that speaks clearly in his favor. The problem with this format is certainly there so few games. In just four games almost anything can happen. It's almost like playing Russian roulette. Therefore, there is no guarantee that the strongest player in the competition is the winner at the end. If you lose a game and a draw in the remaining three will be eliminated, period.
Aronian - Grischuk
The Armenian is the clear favorite over to me the whole tournament.
I appreciate your chances of winning in 70:30. But this is also true: never take on little by Alexander Grischuk. If you have a good day, the Moscow grandmaster can beat anyone.
But Levon Aronjan plays very stable. Just lost and has also demonstrated his extraordinary powers in tournaments in recent years. His most recent achievement was the victory in Monaco, ahead of Magnus Carlsen. Aronian, if any unforeseen occurs, decide the match in his favor. Play chess seriously and I think we'll see the Armenian also the final of the Candidates. Levon, at 28 years is in the best age to succeed in chess. His favorite position seems more clear that Kramnik and Topalov because they do not really know, how are those other great teachers today.
Gelfand - Mamedjarov
This will be a very interesting duel between two generations of chess players and the possibilities seem to me 50:50. In favor of "veteran", Boris Gelfand, 43, speak their age and extensive experience in the Challenges of Candidates and for speaking his juventas Mamedyarov and his fresh and imaginative play.
You may go to the desemaptes. Gelfand also is so strong also in the form of rapid chess that I dare not give any clear prediction about who will win this duel.
Both masters have more or less the same possibilities. The fact that the match will take place in a short time gives some advantage to those who are not favorites. Therefore, in the circuit for the World Championship this time almost everything can happen and almost anyone can win.
Probably there is no ideal format for Candidate Challenges. On the one hand, you can criticize the tight schedule that FIDE has raised a few duels to play shortly. Moreover, we and many of our friends think it may also serve to increase the excitement. But former candidate for the championship of the world and now Master Trainer and author of books, Jussupov, again insisted: "That may end up to look like Russian roulette easily."
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