Garry Kasparov on His Match Against Vladimir Kramnik

Время публикации: 27.02.2013 03:32 | Последнее обновление: 27.02.2013 19:40

Garry Kasparov has answered on the question that has been widely disputed among the chess fans. Namely, why he hasn't included the demand of the return match in the contract of the world championship match against Vladimir Kramnik held in 2000. Here's the answer Kasparov gave during the online-conference held on Russian newspaper "Argumenty i Fakty" website.  

"It was a matter of principle with me. You can of course consider that decision stupid and contradictory to my interests, but I always believed that the automatic right of the champion to play the revenge match contradicted the logic of the fight for the title. Maybe the champion lost his shape and his time has gone. For instance, it's clear that's happening to Anand now. So if he loses why should he have the right for the return match? I fought against that rule, although I was following it myself. It was absolutely clear for me that including it in the contract would undermine my own legitimacy. Maybe I would do it differently now, but I thought that the right to play the rematch had to be won.

Kramnik saw it all differently. I have won the tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the one in Linares and what is more important I won the competition in Astana in 2001 by defeating Kramnik in the last round. That was evident for those in the chess world, because the world championship match is held for defining the strongest chess player. Kramnik wasn't the strongest player and failed to repeat the success of the London match in other tournaments. So, he just hid himself behind that legal wording. To some extent now I of course regret that I acted too nobly just trying to follow my principles; but at least no one can reproach me for changing my attitude to the return matches and in general the rules of the world championship matches."  


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