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Carlsen to skip World championship

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NEW DELHI: In a surprise move, World number two Magnus Carlsen has declined to be part of next year's Candidates Matches aimed at finding the challenger for champion Viswanathan Anand in 2012.

The 19-year-old Norwegian superstar, ranked number one in the world this year until he was replaced by Anand on November 1, has written to the FIDE President Kiran Ilyumzhinov questioning the current World championship cycle and suggesting abolition of the privileges enjoyed by the reigning champion (Anand, in this case).

“After careful consideration I've reached the conclusion that the ongoing 2008-2012 cycle does not represent a system, sufficiently modern and fair, to provide the motivation I need to go through a lengthy process of preparations and matches and, to perform at my best,” observes Carlsen in his letter.

Suggesting ways to improve the future cycles, Carslen says, “In my opinion, privileges should in general be abolished and a future World Championship model should be based on a fair fight between the best players in the World, on equal terms.

“This should apply also to the winner of the previous World Championship, and especially so when there are several players at approximately the same level in the world elite. (Why should one player have one out of two tickets to the final to the detriment of all remaining players in the world? Imagine that the winner of the 2010 Football World Cup would be directly qualified to the 2014 World Cup final while all the rest of the teams would have to fight for the other spot).

“One possibility for future cycles would be to stage an 8-10 player World Championship tournament similar to the 2005 and 2007 events.

“The proposal to abolish the privileges of the World Champion in the future is not in any way meant as criticism of, or an attack on, the reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who is a worthy World Champion, a role model chess colleague and a highly esteemed opponent.”

As things stand, the 2011 Candidates matches, with a prize fund of €4,20,000 are scheduled at Kazan, Russia in March after being moved from Baku, Azerbaijan.

The change of venue took place after Armenia's Levon Aronian felt unsafe playing in Azebaijan since the two nations are in the state of an undeclared war over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabak.

Originally, the eight-player field was to include, Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik (based on world rankings) Veselin Topalov (World championship runner-up), Gata Kamsky (Candidates runner-up), Boris Gelfand (World Cup winner), Aronian, Teimour Radjabov (the top two finishers of the FIDE Grand Prix) and wild card from the host nation.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, the wild card from Baku, could well be replaced by a Russian, should the organiser insist on a wild card entry from the host nation.

Carlsen's decision to pull out warrants a fresh pairings for the Candidates quarterfinal matches. The quarterfinals and semifinals consist of four games plus possible tiebreaks. The final will be over six games and tiebreak games, if needed.

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