Question: And what about your preparation?
Morozevich: I really didnít make that much preparation. Thatís
maybe why I like to play so much, to fight at the chessboard. I play each
game to win it. This is how I consider chess competition. If it entertains
the public, thatís fine. But I like taking risks, I appreciate being
creative and winning games on the chessboard, not only through home
Hangin's take: Morozevich says :" I play each game to win
Question: What about the World Championship that was held in Libya one month ago?
Morozevich: You cannot call this a World Championship. Itís just a strong international competition. It was very understandable that most of the top players decided not to go there.
Hangin's take: Well I can't argue with that. But that's all the FIDE
KO has ever been. It's a strong international competition. Even if all the
top players participated, such as Kasparov, Kramnik, and Anand. It would
not be worthy of world championship selection. There are numerous
problems with the KO. The test is not tough enough to decide who the
world champion is. This year in Libya, the top 27 seeded player in the
Kasimdzhanov won it. He was rated top 54 in the world prior to the
tournament. He did it by defeating the 4 top seeds.
Question: Anyway, Rustam Kasimdzhanov is the new FIDE world champion. What could happen now?
Morozevich: The most important question is the following one: when and where will his match with Kasparov take place? Rustam needs a lot of time to prepare in order to have a chance. But I heard it could be organized already around next January. If so its too early, he will be slaughtered like a chicken.
Hangin's take: Actually I think Kasparov is at his weakest right now.
He has been busy with his book series, My Great Predecessors. Kasparov is
also very involved with world politics and Russian
politics. He has formed a group that will challenge Putin in 2008.
Kasparov had showed his rust in Linares in
2004. He failed to make full
points in a few promising positions. I got to wonder if Kasparov is trying to
work behind the scenes to help
Bobby Fischer. So with so much on his mind, I think Kasparov is
at his weakest right now. Kasimdzhanov has 5-6 months to prepare. That's a
long time. Kasimdzhanov had a great run during the Libya
KO. He defeated all 4 of the top seeds. So I think Kasimdzhanov
is an unknown product right now. Does his results represent a big increase
in playing strength? Kasimdzhanov is only 25 years of age. Kasparov is 41
and showing the signs of slowing down. Even though Kasparov is still
number one player in the world. He has not been impressive as of late. For
Kasimdzhanov the time to strike is in January of 2005. With so much
going on in Kasparov life right now, you have to wonder if he can find the
time to sufficiently prepare for this match. You also have to figure that
Kasparov feels he can easily defeat Kasimdzhanov, that could be a fatal
mistake. Kasimdzhanov showed his great tenacity at Libya.
Question: Any opinion about the forthcoming Kramnik-Leko match?
Morozevich: Both of them seem well prepared. The quality of chess should be quite interesting. I will follow this with interest. No specific preference. Or, maybe, Kramnik, because he is Russian
Hangin's take: Here are some more predictions on that match in September of 2004.
Question: You seem very pessimistic about the future of the chess?
Morozevich: I donít believe in a real reunification.
Itís fake. Too many players or people only take their own interests into
account. They make money and thatís all. Well, if there will be a unique
World Champion after the matches Kramnik-Leko and Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov
and among the winners, it could be seen as real progress. But look at the
current situation. Kasparov almost stopped playing chess. Kramnik, Leko or
others play less now. A world champion has to play, not just to use his
Hangin's take: Well it's unfortunate a lot of players decided not to
play in the Libya KO. I think Anand and Morozevich made mistakes by not
playing and not contributing to the reunification. The chess world would have
benefited from their participation. However the reunification has 3 of the
top 5 players in the world playing matches for the world championship.
That's not bad. Back
in December 2003, I saw no hope for a reunification. But now things
are looking up, major issues have been solved. When the winner of
Kasparov vs. Kasimdzhanov faces the winner of Kramnik Leko, we will have
reunification and a true world champion. A world champion everyone can be