September 6, 2001
Brain Games Network
Garry Kasparov has
little difficulty in turning down the BGN/Dortmund invitation.
an opportunity to offer him conditions in Nov. 2000 and did not bother to meet
In 1995 the Dortmund Tournament organizers caused a
great deal of harm to Kasparov when he was busy organizing his title defense
against Anand. For years they stood firmly at the side of the FIDE position and
acknowledged only Karpov as the World Champion. This despite Kasparov defeating
Karpov for the title many times. This duplicity on the part of Dortmund raises
a fascinating question: If Dortmund did not recognize Kasparov as the World
Champion, how do they think Kramnik won the title?
The offer from BGN
paid absolutely no attention to the financial terms discussed in 2000 between
BGN and Kasparov. Worse still, the financial conditions for the title match in
October 2002 are non-existent which is further evidence that every effort is
being made to ensure that Kramnik does not have to face the worlds number
one ranked player!
As we analyze the BGN offer, it is transparently
calculated to obtain a quasi-legitimate challenger for Kramnik. Somebody ranked
between # 4 and about #12 in the world. Lets be blunt: no effort is being
made to find the top challenger and this will haunt Kramnik as he searches for
Compare Kramnik's not-so-subtle avoidance of the top
challenger with the actions of Garry Kasparov from 1985 to 2000 when he
consistently played the strongest and most dangerous opponents. Three times
against Karpov when nobody doubted that he was the best challenger. Then Nigel
Short in 1993 after Short had beaten Karpov and won the right to play Kasparov.
Then followed Anand, who nobody denied was the top challenger.
came Kramnik who was offered the challenge after #2 Anand turned down the
opportunity for the relatively safe haven of FIDE. Kramnik then moved past
Anand to the #2 ranking and was definitely the most dangerous opponent for
Kasparov and the only top ten player in the world with an equal score against
the world champion.
Kasparov could have offered the 2000 match to
Shirov after he had beaten Kramnik in the qualifying match and who was still
"the chess publics popular choice." With a 9-0 winning record over
Shirov, a lesser man than Kasparov would have chosen a safe match against
Shirov. Kasparov, as a true Champion, did not take the easy path! This is not
so in the case of the Kramnik-Dortmund "setup."
Now, the reality of
this year is that Kasparov has won Wijk-aan-Zee 2001, won Linares 2001, won
Astana 2001 with a last round classical chess victory over Kramnik. In the
process he has increased his margin over Kramnik for the worlds number
one ranking. In light of the foregoing for BGN and Kramnik not to voluntarily
offer Kasparov a rematch is reprehensible and makes a mockery of a true World
Championship, whose aim, after all is to find the World Champion.
Worldwide Agent for Garry Kasparov