Kasparov on Karjakin's Absence from Stavanger: "It's a Pity, But We Only Looked At the Rating List. There Would Be Some Criticism Anyway"

Время публикации: 17.06.2015 18:54 | Последнее обновление: 18.06.2015 18:34

During the first round of the tournament in Stavanger, one of the organisers of the Grand Chess Tour series, Garry Kasparov, commented during the live broadcast about the absence of the two-time winner of Norway Chess, Sergey Karjakin. 

 

"You have to come up with the system that is the most transparent. We looked for different options and we came up with a plan of having sort of the average rating that was on display by the beginning of January. There was a list of players there, there were nine players, and unfortunately, one player, Vladimir Kramnik, hasn't signed it - he had his own reasons not to participate. Unfortunately, it took him too long to inform us about his decision.

That's why there was a little crisis, because we wanted to make an announcement in Saint Louis during my match vs Short, since we would have all the organizers there at that time. We had to make a decision under serious time pressure, and the idea was that we would go for the player next by rating - but current rating.

[Wesley] So was already very high, but unfortunately, he had signed the contract for his match in Prague. He could play 2 [tournaments] but he couldn't play three... The next player, by the live ratings at that time, was Ding Liren - by rating at that time! It was mid-April when we had to make decision, and we just looked at the Live Rating. Ding Liren also could play two [tournaments] but couldn't play the Sinquefield Cup because he had the commitment for the team championship in China. The next was Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Of course, it's a pity that Karjakin isn't playing in the Norway Chess, but we knew that no matter we would do in this situation, there would be some criticism."

Kasparov also said the next cycle will get an additional tournament in Indonesia, and the ideal number of events would be six.


  


Comments

What does it mean: "sort of

What does it mean: "sort of the average rating that was on display by the beginning of January."

If Kramnik hasn't signed why haven't they RIGHT AWAY established a procedure for selection of a replacement, just in case?

"but we knew that no matter we would do in this situation, there would be some criticism."
What criticism would be there if they had selected Karjakin?

I think you'd better ask

I think you'd better ask Kasparov himself. We are only giving his words.

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