Times of India on 'Kramnik's psychological warfare'

7/17/2008 – Recently Vladimir Kramnik spoke about the world championship title which Anand won last year. His interview, says one of India's most prestigious newspapers, is full of salvos against the title holder. "Kramnik’s stance smacks of double standards and selective amnesia," editorialises the newspaper, which goes on to deliver its own salvos against the challenger. Let the hostilities begin.

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By Amit Karmarkar

When Garry Kasparov took on V. Anand in the PCA World Championship title match in New York (1995), Vladimir Kramnik was one of his seconds. Not surprisingly, the latter knows a thing or two about psychological warfare. His latest interview is full of salvos ahead of his World Championship title match against Anand scheduled at Bonn in October. [Sample quotes of Kramnik's interview follow].

The majority of chess world has high regard for Kramnik. For, he defeated none other than Kasparov in a head-to-head match (London, 2000) and that too with a great idea of Berlin Defence which, according to Anand’s former second Elizbar Ubilava, took his games with black from opening to the endgame without having to play much of the middlegame!
However, Kramnik’s stance in some of the above quotes smacks of double standards and selective amnesia.

Kramnik believes that the real championship should come through a match, not a tournament. That’s understandable. Partly because he won’t win many tournaments now with Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk, Veselin Topalov and Levon Aronian in form and playing great aggressive chess. In fact, if chess decides to award three points for a win and one for a draw (instead of existing one and 0.5 respectively), Kramnik could well announce his retirement. But if it sticks to the current rule, he can be the “best second ever” in most of the tournaments due to his high percentage of draws.

The statement of whoever wins will be considered the Champion and best chess player, is way off the mark. The chess world is in such a mess that any match won’t give clear-cut answers. The winner of Anand-Kramnik is slated to take on the winner of Topalov-Kamsky in 2010. If Anand wins against Kramnik, there is a better possibility of he being considered the best player in the world than Kramnik if the latter wins it. For, Anand is the world No. 1 according to Elo rating and he is winning many more super titles than Kramnik and is game enough to play in all formats and not run away from variety of challenges.

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