Fmr Chief Producer DD News and Sports, India
A month before the start of the World Chess Championship in Mexico, we talked to our good friend Vijay Kumar, Fmr Chief Producer DD News and Sports, India. Here is what he shared with us.
Q: Hello Vijay! The World Chess Championship in Mexico 2007 starts in a month. What are your expectations for this year’s edition?
A: As always, the World Championship will have maximum interest amongst followers of the game. It promises to be exciting as ever but contrary to last time when Topalov was in full swing int he first half, this time it will be more of a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of WC.
Q: Who do you think has the highest chances to win Mexico 2007?
A: I would rate Kramnik and Anand as cut above the rest but the presence of Aronian might make it more exciting. Moro and Grischuk are the kind who will have some excellent days and everyone will have to beware of them. Peter Svidler has his own style that is also typically suited for this year’s field.
Q: You have been able to meet recently most of the players. Who do you think can bring the surprise?
A: Morozevich can be a very dangerous opponent when in full swing. Aronian should be the one from whom we can expect more than a few surprises.
Q: Will the World Chess Championship miss any player (Carlsen, Topalov, Mamedyarov, Ivanchuk)?
A: Well, the players cannot be bigger than the game. Topalov is a part of the cycle in some way. The rest wil be there most in next cycle.
Q: There is a new WCC cycle that was agreed in Tallinn this year. What do you think about it?
A: I think finally FIDE is doing what is possibly an aceptable format. Even though Kramnik has some extended benefits not many have much against them in his present form. Its ok I think, in a couple of years the dust might settle down and we will all have what we want in a World championship.
Q: What coverage can we expect on the website Live Tele Shows?
A: The World championship is a big event and as in the past Live tele shows will have daily reports of the games, exclusive interviews and photos from Mexico City.