Currently the highest rated Russian player GM Sergey Karjakin shared his thoughts regarding the formula of identification the candidate for the title of the World Chess Champion.
- It might be interesting for spectators to watch a round robin tournament, but then the problem of deliberate losses becomes very topical, especially if one of the participants lost his chances to proceed to the final. I think the system of matches is perfectly viable and valid, but it is necessary to play more games. In a match of 6 — 8 games for the weaker opponent it will be much more difficult to «survive» until the tie-break, the stronger one will win almost always. The same problem also exists in the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, where only two games are played. In case of a tie-break the winner will be the one with better nerves, and not the one who plays chess better — quoted «Sport-Express «.
You can read the entire interview with Sergey Karyakin on our website in Russian.