Chicago Chess Message Board › GATA KAMSKY WINS CHESS WORLD CUP!
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So what does this mean?
Well, from what I've been told and what I was able to gather (but mostly from what I've been told.)
Earlier this year, V. Anand of India became World Champion, the former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, immediately gets a rematch. The winner of the world cup was supposed to challenge the reigning world champion, but because of an official FIDE (world governing body for chess) edict, the winner of the world cup will challenge the, person who lost the championship match to Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov first. The winners of both of these matches will then face off in another match to decide the world championship.
Confusing? Well, I've never pretended to completely understand the world championship cycle in Chess, but this is Really exciting as the USA has not been this close to a world championship in a very long time, probably not since the last time that Gata Kamsky played in the world championship cycle. Someone correct me here, but is this result closer than Gata got last time or are we talking "not since Fisher" close?
|A former member||
Kamsky got one step closer the first time - he actually played for the World Championship against Karpov:
Of course, no other American has gotten that close since then.
So we've got both the Kramnik-Anand and Kamsky-Topalov matches happening in (approx.) September 2008. That's going to be a great month for chess!