Saturday, July 14, 2012

Karpov: This was probably the worst World Championship Match

Anatoly Karpov, the former World Champion, shared his impressions on the recent match between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand in an interview given to Sportbox.com:

"If evaluating the match from the qualitative and entertaining modes, I think that this was probably the worst World Championship Match played at least in the postwar period. One of the main reasons is the format of the encounter. 12 games is not that mockery on chess we observed during the knock-out system - but it is still not enough. At least 14-18 games are needed for full-fledged, creative fight: then the rivals have an ability to risk; whilst in a short match of the rivals whose strength is equal, the game is usually just hold, while the opponents are just trying to catch "a fail-safe chance." That's what we saw in Moscow and surely that made the match plain and boring."
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