Hangin Wynchell
Good Evening, Mr. and Mrs. World, from border to border, coast to coast, square to square, 
file to file, rank to rank, board to board
 and all the ships at sea,
 Lets go to press..

    Not since the great Roberto Duranís waved his gloved hand  and said the immortal  ďno mas, no massĒ to Sugar Ray Leonard, have we seen another great champion give up on a championship fight.  Kasparov issued similar sentiments in a recent letter he published to FIDE. In his letter Kasparov symbolically waved his gloved hand at FIDE and said 'no mas, no mas'. Unlike Roberto Duran, Kasparov bout with Kasimdzhanov would never hear the first bell ring. Roberto Duran claimed he gave up on his fight because of a bad steak he ate just before the fight. With Kasparov it was a bad meal he had in 2002, it was called the FIDE Prague agreement. This meal just sat in Kasparovís stomach for 2.5 years. It just couldnít be digested. 

FIDE was unable to live up to its part of the deal.  It was a tragic comedy of errors. Fide was unable to schedule or find sponsorship to pull off a match for one of the greatest world champions in chess history. In fact FIDE simply didnít care enough to handle the reunification with the urgency that was needed. Prague was signed in May of 2002. The FIDE piece called for a match between the FIDE KO winner and ex World Champion Garry Kasparov. In 2.5 years this match still has not taken place, and nothing concrete has been scheduled. 

    The other problem was that the match up between Kasparov and Kasimdzhanov was not that exciting. Kasimdzhanov is a excellent top 25 player and he should be proud of winning the FIDE KO in Libya last summer. However this match was viewed as a tune up for Kasparov, the world's dominate player for the last 20 years.  It is not the kind of match up that will generate big dollars from corporate sponsors. Kasparov has been on a holding pattern for 2.5 years. Kasparov missed out on many opportunities to play. You canít do that to your top talent. Not only is Kasparov upset, but so are the millions of fans who would have loved to seen the Kasparov vs. Kasimdzhanov match and the the rest of the reunification process. The other disappointment was not seeing Kasparov, Kramnik, Leko and Anand in the same tournament at Corus. 

 FIDE also failed to act swiftly when Ponomariov failed to sign the contract to play. Good Leadership requires flexibility when plans donít go according to plan.  They could have found a better replacement for Ponomariov, possibly Anand, to step in back in late 2003. Kasparov heard the beautiful music coming from Wijk aan Zee. He wanted to sing along with the Corus. Fans worldwide would have loved to hear him sing. Corus is an exciting tournament and one of the rare times that most of the top players are  together. Kasparov would have been a great addition to the line up. Corus would make a great interzonal tournament. This tournament is going to show us the pecking order of the top players. It going to tell us how each player stacks up against his or her contemporaries.
FIDE made the following errors:

1)      Failure to reunify first. Fide never recognized Kramnikís great accomplishment in defeating Kasparov in 2000.

2)      FIDE even failed to mention Kramnik vs. Leko world championship on its web site

3)      FIDE failed to show the urgency that reunification needed

4)      FIDE failed to act quickly or find quick alternatives when the reunification went off course

5)      FIDE failed to find a process that would lead to finding an exciting opponent for Kasparov

6)      FIDE fail to administrate the sponsorship selection process.


 What should Kasparov do now that FIDE has failed to live up to its end of the deal? I think Prague should still be honored. Kramnik has suggested that ACP organize a tournament consisting of Anand, Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov and Kasparov. The winner would face Kramnik. I think Kasparov should accept this proposal should FIDE fail. The Prague agreement must be honored in spirit to reunify the world championship. Then the ACP and its members should sit down and come up with a true process for the selection of the world champion. The process should allow the current world champion to defend his title against the best of the rest. It must honor and respect the rich tradition of the chess world champions. Prague spirit still lives and breathes. It is needed to heal the chess world. It's needed to heal the damage FIDE caused in 1993. The chess world needs a champion that all players and fans can respect.


 Kasparov's letter to FIDE 
Hangin's Final Analysis of Reunification back in December 2003
Hangin's reasons for failure of Reunification back in December 2003
Reunification in trouble 
Roberto Duran's No mas, No mas
Excitement at Corus