Meanwhile, Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand, the current World Chess champion has a challenger. This came after 22-year old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, the highest rated player in the world was adjudged winner by tie-break in the recently concluded Candidates tournament held in London, England.
No less than Garry Kasparov, the ex-world champion, however, criticized the rules of tie-breaks harshly. For one, Carlsen and Kramnik, also an ex-world champion, both lost their last games which brought an anti-climactic finish to the Candidates matches. Kasparov also scored the nonuse of a play-off match to break the tie. “Even if it’s not a tie but one of them finishes ahead of the other by no more than a point. Only if that match ends in a draw should the tiebreakers be taken into account”, Kasparov concluded.
The world championship is slated November 2013 in a venue yet to be decided. (For comments & suggestions, direct email to: josef_soliven@ yahoo.ca)