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olympio 21 ( +1 | -1 )
kasparov vs. pono in september in ukraine i heard from someone. for the fide world championship. where does kramnik come into play then?

in my mind i rank kramnik #1, kasparov #2.. and ponomeriov isn't even in the top 5
brucehum 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Kramnik Someday, somewhere, Kramnik has to play Leko.
Some people are afraid that will be a draw festival.

Winner of Kasparov-Pono and Leko-Kramnik will face each other for the unified world champion.

And chess people will be united and live together and happy ever after... and the world will be in peace... and there will be no more poverty... and... and... we can keep on dreaming! :-)
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olympio 11 ( +1 | -1 )
that that would be really nice if that happened..

where does anande fit into all of this?
atrifix 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Nowhere Anand wasn't even in the Dortmund cycle (won by Leko) because of contract obligations to FIDE.
v_glorioso12 4 ( +1 | -1 )
...they are unified now??? no1 ever tells me anything :-S
gambitnut 5 ( +1 | -1 )
They aren't unified yet ... ... but they will be after the matches are over.
olympio 27 ( +1 | -1 )
pono is crying because he doesn't get draw odds. he is probably right and deserves the same treatment as past champions.. but in this case I think it may be better to throw that rule aside since ponomariov doesn't really deserve the title he has anyways.
tonlesu 9 ( +1 | -1 )
olympio We haven't had draw odds since Botvinnik---where have you been my friend?
tonlesu 6 ( +1 | -1 )
olympio didnt read you correctly sorry. disregard my post!
olympio 10 ( +1 | -1 )
radjabov radjabov is incredible for his age. by the time he's 20 kasparov and kramnik will be cryin' their eyes out i think
buddy2 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Radjabov vs Kasparov I'd pay to see that match! Don't think there's much interest in the Pono Match. I don't really care who wins that one.
calmrolfe 98 ( +1 | -1 )
Ponomariov match The Ponomariov match is not taking place as Ponomariov has declined to play Kasparov, which is probably lucky for Ponomariov !

Instead there is to be a hastily arranged FIDE World Championship involving 120 top players held in November or December and a new World Champion for 2003 will be declared. The FIDE World Champion will then play Kasparov in 2004 and the winner of that match will play the winner of Kramnik-Leko for the title of unified World Champion.

My thoughts are thus. Will Ponomariov be allowed to enter the new 2003 World Championship, and, if so, what happens if he wins ? Also the name Anand does not seem to feature in the new 2003 World Championship match. Looks like it will be held under the shortened timing, which no one seems to like, but could prove good for speedplayers like Michael Adams (and maybe Zsusza Polgar ?)

No one has yet explained where the Funding is due to come from.

Kind regards,

olympio 5 ( +1 | -1 )
and the new timing is very good for pono as well
olympio 1 ( +1 | -1 )
and and anande
kahju 2 ( +1 | -1 )
seems classical control