Anand or Kramnik will win the World Chess Championship

interview with Alex Brunetti

Hello Alex! The World Chess Championship in Mexico 2007 starts in a month. Who do you think has the highest chances to win Mexico 2007?

My favorite is Anand. Among the others only Kramnik has a comparable strength, but he hasn’t sufficient stamina to win such an event. So I say Anand 60%, Kramnik 35%, others 5%.

You have been following chess closely these years. Do you expect surprises at the WCC?

I’m not expecting big surprises. Someone will do a little better, someone a little (or even a lot) worse than expected, but hardly winner’s first name won’t start by “V”.

Will the World Chess Championship miss any player (Carlsen, Topalov, Mamedyarov, Ivanchuk)?

Of course Topalov and Ivanchuk would have big winning chances and the event would be far more interesting. Mamedyarov is quite strong too. Definitely, I would like to see all the top-20 players, but it would be an extra-long tournament :)

There is a new WCC cycle that was agreed in Tallinn this year. What do you think about it?

I think that the best system is the one in use until mid 90′s. It is a pity that Kasparov & Campomanes & Ilyumzhinov did not do a great job. I don’t like the new system: from the continental championships qualify too many players, so the World Cup has too short matches. A reasonable length for a match should be at least 8 or 10 games, not 2. And 2008-2009 matches include only 2 or 3 players. What a static situation for a 2-year period: It doesn’t fit with the 2-games KO’s of WCC!

Talking about chances and the WCC, will you organize the toto game for Mexico 2007?

Of course! It’s already into our database, just looking forward to the drawing of lots!