My Letter to Ruslan Ponomariov - 1/11/2003


Hi Ruslan, I enjoy your chess.

You have a difficult decision to make about playing in the Fide Reunification Process.


 Your demands are justified, but they will fail. You will lose your great opportunity here. You are two steps away from being in the elite of chess history, the Chess World Champion.


 My reasons:

  1) You are very young 18-19, so Fide will not listen to you.

  2) Other great player’s have made demands; Bobby Fischer's were rejected in 1975.


    Life is not always fair. Sometimes great chess players can get off the board advantages, sometimes not.


    I know you have suffered a great lost, your coach. You must think clearly now, drop your demands and play in the reunification matches. You have a great chance to win here. Kasparov is showing his age.


    Please do not pass up this great opportunity to become a member of a great club:

 Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Ponomariov  It has a nice ring to it.


  One of your fans.

  Matt ,


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