Final Analysis

      I have given this a lot of thought, Prague was signed May 6 2002. All we had to do was play two matches, then a world championship match. All these matches were between 4 of the top players in the world, we had the current World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, the ex World Champion and number one rated player Garry Kasparov and two of chess' promising young stars, Peter Leko and Ruslan Ponomariov.  We should have had a world championship by now.  I believe that FIDE is not interested in reunifying the title at this time. They are basically running the next cycle. Unfortunately they are doing it without their  best players, the current World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and current ex Champion and number one rated player Garry Kasparov. 

     This is just another FIDE Knockout tournament.  I don't  see reunification happening under FIDE control. I can't imagine Kramnik and Kasparov waiting 2.5 - 3 years to play a World Championship match. You can't do that to your top talent. I also can't see why chess fans need to wait that long to see two great players go toe to toe for the title. Unless something major breaks,  the Prague Chess Unity Plan is dead. It looks like the World Championship will return to the pre Fide days where the World Champion owns the title and those who can raise the money can challenge him, well we have been there since 2000. It's not the best method, but it's better and it  works.


12/24/2003