May 29, 2012

World Championship Chess: speed check in decider

Now that world champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand are at a 6-6 standstill, their fates will be decided in a single day, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

In years past, a tie in a world championship match was no problem — the champion kept his title and the challenger had to go back into a three-year qualifying cycle.

However, when the chess world was reunified in 2006 after a 13-year split, there were two world champions and no challenger and a reliable method of breaking a tie needed to be codified.

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4 thoughts on “World Championship Chess: speed check in decider

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Are there any women grand masters?

  2. Ian Rogers

    Plenty, but only one has ever been a possible candidate for the world title, Judit Polgar of Hungary. Polgar has been the top woman player in the world for 24 years, since she was 12, but her career is winding down now.

  3. Grover Jones

    Thanks, Ian, for keeping us all up to date with the world championships. I’ve loved your reports.

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