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Friday, November 5, 2010

Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen withdraws from World Chess Championship cycle

In a startling development in the world of professional chess, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen,  one of the main contenders to fight for World Chess Champion Vishy Anand's crown, announced yesterday that he is withdrawing from the current World Chess Championship cycle. Carlsen, who at the present time is the highest-rated player on the FIDE ratings list,  was quoted as saying in a letter to the governing body of chess, the FIDE:

"After careful consideration I’ve reached the conclusion that the ongoing 2008–2012 cycle does not represent a system, sufficiently modern and fair, to provide the motivation I need to go through a lengthy process of preparations and matches and to perform at my best."

"Reigning champion privileges, the long (five year) span of the cycle, changes made during the cycle resulting in a new format (Candidates) that no World Champion has had to go through since Kasparov, puzzling ranking criteria as well as the shallow ceaseless match-after-match concept are all less than satisfactory in my opinion."

"Question: Magnus, you've got to feel a bit uneasy about this momentous decision?"
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"Magnus Carlsen: It's been a difficult process. But now that the decision has been taken, I actually feel relieved."

"Even if that means you will be missing an entire World Championship cycle?"


"The World Championship cycle will last for almost five years, and with constant rule changes. It takes too much effort to deal with the political part of the process. I would therefore like to focus my energy on developing my skills as a chess player, and to defend my position as number one in the world rankings."

Once again a top player in chess has voiced his negative view of the FIDE and its handling of the World Chess Championship. Will the FIDE work to make  changes to the World Chess Championship cycle, or will they simply believe Carlsen is a prima-donna, who is only interested in using the FIDE as a scapegoat so he can force the FIDE to implement changes Carlsen wants in the FIDE World Chess championship cycle?

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