Originally posted by gambit:
I still wish for the "old " candidate matches system, it was before my time, but I simply relish recalling the grt games btn fischer and his candidate opponents, same for all the rest, portitch,ivkov,petrosian etc.... a truly glorious time ......
then all these "petty" aurguments as to who is better could be done with. :-)
This perhaps merits its own thread.
I've been reading Kasparov's "My Great Predecessors", which is a tremendous series of books. I sincerely recommend them to any ardent chess players and enthusiast.
We've discussed much about FIDE and their current structures to filter candidates to the World Championship Title. The KOs (World Cup), the past candidates matches, the new series of events, etc.
I guess there's many people supporting the past Candidates matches. I was quite surprised to read in Kasparov's fifth book the method for the 1975 match.
Karpov begins playing against Poluga. The first three games ended in draws, and in his book, Kasparov writes "By the new FIDE rules, adopted under the influence of Fischer, they now played to a definite number of wins; in the quarter-final - to three (but not more than 16 games)"
Karpov beats Poluga 3 wins to nil, and he goes on to face Spassky. Kasparov writes: "They played up to four wins, but with a limit of 20 games"
Karpov is again victorious, this time by 4 wins to 1. So on he goes to face Korchnoi. And what was the requirement in the Candidates Final? Kasparov writes: "The Karpov-Korchnoi match (Moscow, autumn 1974), which effectively became a clash for teh world championship, was played to five wins by one of the participants, but with a limit of 24 games (...)"
Oh the good old times! Since then, not only the candidates stage has suffered many changes, but also the Final stage has mutated! In 1973-74 the Candidates stage
was played with 16, 20 and 24 games limits, whilst in recent years, we've had WC Finals
to 24 games, then to 20 games (Kasparov-Anand 1995 and Karpov-Kamsky 1996), to 6 games(!) (Karpov-Anand 1998; Khalifman-Akopian 1999; Anand-Shirov 2000), to 16 games (Kramnik-Kasparov 2000), to 8 games (Ponomariov-Ivanchuk 2001), to 14 games (Kramnik-Lťků 2004), back to 6 games (Kasimdzhanov-Adams 2004), then to a 14-game tournament (Topalov 2005), then to a 12-game match (Kramnik-Topalov 2006), back to a 14-game tournament (Anand 2007), then to a 12-game match (Anand-Kramnik 2008).
What a mess FIDE's created... :rolleyes: