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Monday, May 15, 2006

Topalov – Radjabov match for the world title agreed


Topalov – Radjabov match for the world title agreed

The award fund is $1.5 million (Sofia, May 15, 2006) The manager of the World Champion Veselin Topalov – Silvio Danailov and the Minister of Sport of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov agreed yesterday on a match for the world title to be held between Topalov and the Azerbaijanian Teimour Radjabov (ELO 2720). All conditions of the World Champion have been accepted and the two sides have signed a memorandum.

The match will probably take place in April 2007 in Baku. The award fund will be $1.5 million, of which $1 million will be for Topalov. According to the rules of FIDE every chess player with ELO over 2700 can challenge the World Champion in a match for the title. Radjabov, currently number 13 in the FIDE ranking will be the next challenger for it if Topalov defends it in the match against Kramnik in September this year in the capital of Kalmykia - Elista.


I am not sure how this will work? Let's say Topalov defeats Kramnik. Then what? The winner is supposed to play in the double round robin world championship in Mexico City? So if Radjabov defeats Topalov, he will then have to defend his title in days/weeks/months until Mexico City? And what if Kramnik wins? What will happen to the Topalov - Radjabov match? Will it become Kramnik - Radjabov vs. the winner from Mexico City? I need Advil! Calgon, take me away!
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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are right, its very confusing.
and nobody is offering clear explanation!!!

Michael C.M. said...

"Radjabov, currently number 13 in the FIDE ranking will be the next challenger for it if Topalov defends it in the match against Kramnik in September this year in the capital of Kalmykia - Elista."

So if Kramnick wins the match doesn't happen. And if Topolov wins there is no way Radjabov beats him so we won't have to worry about that scenario.

It does seem however that TOpolov might be no more anxious to clear up the CHess mess than any of the others lately.


$$$$

Marc Shepherd said...

April 1st was a month and a half ago!

awfulhangover said...

This is like pro boxing. Crooks and money decide!

classplayer said...

Agreeing to this before he plays Kramnik is extremely poor sportsmanship!

How will Kramnik react? Will their match still be on after hearing this?

Tommy said...

It shows that people want matches and that people are willing to put up the money to support their hero.

Anonymous said...

Kramnik will not win Topalov. Topalov's manager can see in the future, no doubt. And having this extraordinary capability, he organized another match in advance. Very interesting! Lucky Topalov!

Anonymous said...

aw cmon.....I'm sure Radjabov is a promising player....but he has not earned a right to the shot at the title...Neither did Kramnik as far as I remember...
The qualifying cycle of the 70 and 80's was the correct way to go.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand that, $1M goes to Topalov just for playing? What happens to the other $0.5M? Did you mean to say that $1M goes to the match winner (probably Topalov but normally we wouldn't come right out and say it as a sure thing like that)? Or does $0.5M go to Radjabov regardless of the outcome, or get split somehow depending on the outcome, or what?

samikd said...

I repeat what Anand said many years ago .."Plase stop this circus"

bolsen said...

I challenge Topalov June 1st for a match! $2 million winner take all!

samikd said...

I am going to rob a bank and challenge Topalov with that money

Anonymous said...

"I am going to rob a bank and challenge Topalov with that money"

What about the 2700 elo limit? Where are you going to rob that, you future thief?

Anonymous said...

"I am not sure how this will work? Let's say Topalov defeats Kramnik. Then what? The winner is supposed to play in the double round robin world championship in Mexico City? So if Radjabov defeats Topalov, he will then have to defend his title in days/weeks/months until Mexico City? And what if Kramnik wins? What will happen to the Topalov - Radjabov match? Will it become Kramnik - Radjabov vs. the winner from Mexico City? I need Advil! Calgon, take me away!"

Too many questions. Why is is so important? Let the boys play chess for cash.

Phil Harris said...

If anyone was ever in any doubt of the damage done to chess by Kirsans desire to turn it into a mirror of pro boxing, should now realise the damage being caused.
I am expecting to see interviews with Topalov, Kramnik and Radjabov shouting how they plan to crush each other any minute now.
This is a joke, and the disrespect shown to Kramnik is unforgivable in my opinion.
Everyone knows Topalov is a great tournament player, certainly the best right now. How will he do against a wall of preparation by Kramnik? Thats another issue altogether.
Kramnik deserves the right to have the result in doubt until the last game is played.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with pro boxing? It's a recognized Olympic sport, unlike chess.

Anonymous said...

What does Kasparov say? Where is he now, do you know?

Anonymous said...

Chess by Robert Byrne:

"In Game 5, Zsuzsa played sharply to crush Xie and go into the lead for the first time in the series."

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E05E7DA1639F931A25750C0A960958260

Crushing the opponent is a part of the game.

awfulhangover said...

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with pro boxing? It's a recognized Olympic sport, unlike chess.
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No, it isn't. Olympic boxing is amateur boxing. Much cleaner.

Phil Harris said...

Anonymous said...

Chess by Robert Byrne:

"In Game 5, Zsuzsa played sharply to crush Xie and go into the lead for the first time in the series."

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E05E7DA1639F931A25750C0A960958260

Crushing the opponent is a part of the game.


I was suggesting the way the game is going, we would eventually have players doing pre game interviews in the style so beloved of wrestling and boxing.

I have no objection to the use of the word crushed, except its too frequent use by those with a limited vocabulary.

I have always felt chess should be above such nonsense, and opponents should treat each other with a modicum of respect. This maybe an old fashioned belief, but I'm stuck with it...

Anonymous said...

Chess Olympiad 2006

Russia wants everything:

http://www.chessolympiad-torino2006.org/eng/index.php?cav=1&dettaglio=511

9 of the youngest GMs of all time will be in Turin:

http://www.chessolympiad-torino2006.org/eng/index.php?cav=1&dettaglio=509

Anonymous said...

"limited vocabulary"

Most professional chess players, like pro boxers and other pros, don't have university diplomas, so limited vocabulary is part of the game, too.

yevlev said...
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yevlev said...

Hi Susan!

Of course all of this is very confusing, but I think that first of all we need the unification match between Kramnik and Topalov to be performed, so we'll finally have 1 World Champion.
Secondly, the match Topalov/Kramnik-Radjabov is simply stupid, in my opinion, because in October 2007 there will be a FIDE World Chmpionship. I suggest that FIDE will let Radjy to join somehow to the WC candidate matches so he'll an oppotunity to play at the WC.

What do you think about it, Susan?

Anonymous said...

This is a ridiculous joke! How in the hell can a 13th ranked player compete for The World Title? Why even have a ranking of top players if 10 better players (ranking wise)get passed over! Theyre making a mockery of Professional Chess! I agree this system is very similar to the scandalous Pro Boxing, for years jaded by the presence of organized crime, leading to fixed fights, and hand picking of Title matches. When I think how the greatest chess Champion ever Robert Fischer got screwed out of a Title defense when he was the Champion makes my head spin when I hear the 13th seed will be playing for The World Title!! Good luck Kirsan trying to have success and integrity in the world of professional chess you idiot!!
TFK

Phil Harris said...

Anonymous said...

"limited vocabulary"

Most professional chess players, like pro boxers and other pros, don't have university diplomas, so limited vocabulary is part of the game, too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 9:24:05 AM

I am astonished to read this....

I have been fortunate to meet quite a few of the top 100 players in the world. I can honestly say I have never found any of them to have a vocabulary limited to anything, other than English being their second language.

In fact in long conversations with Svidler and Aronian, I was struck by their eloquence in English.

To compare the intellect of the average chess professional, to the average professional boxer is patently ridiculous. As daft as saying the average chess player could probably stand 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.

Anonymous said...

A professional chess players' vocabulary must be limited to: e4, d5, trick, sack, wow, queen, king, compensation, novelty, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Topalov, Alekhine, etc. Anything more would be exceptional. Probably these exceptionals are among the top 100.

Otherwise our public schooling system failed.

Anonymous said...

Professional chess players spend half of their lives without being allowed to talk, right? During those hours, their thoughts are limited to a two-dimensional board. And when they do talk, you shouldn't expect too much. Why do you think there is so much conflict recently? Lack of good vocabulary is one of the reasons. Just proof-read some campaigning texts.

Anonymous said...

"The former Olympic gold medalist, welterweight boxing champion, Grammy-nominated singer and happy husband of Puerto-Rican songstress Millie Corretjer scored every gamer’s dream gig, posing as the cover athlete for ‘Fight Night Round 3.’ AOL Games spoke with the multi-talented pugilist about his gaming proclivities and which winter Olympic sport he might take on in his free time.

'I view boxing as art. Sure, two gladiators enter a ring to do battle, but there is a strategy to every move you make, every foot movement. If you were to put paint on my feet when I entered the ring, you'd be able to the see the Picasso at the end of the match, and that's probably the best way to show people what boxing really is.'"

Anonymous said...

I know they call boxing "the sweet science" but it is far from it. I know there is much strategy on why a fighter does the things he does but it is really a savage sport of warriors similar to ancient times like gladiators in Rome. Even though boxers train hard, have a fight plan, and their managers prepare a strategy for them there still comes the occasional lucky punch or low blows that come with pugilism. Furthermore boxers are taught to hit their opponents in the kidneys, attack the wounded area/areas of the other fighter such as continuing to batter an open wound or a swollen eye. Then sometimes comes outlandish behavior of riots in the ring caused by taunts and bad decisions to outright animalistic behavior ala Tyson biting the tips of Evander Holyfields ears off! A sport that can lead to brain damage and even death is no work of art.
TFK