True, Zhu Chen (FIDE Womens Champ) did just beat Ruslan Ponomariov (FIDE Mens Champ) in a game in the FIDE World Cup. Wicked Sicilian/Najdorf game BTW.
But, as we all know, FIDE is a farce right now, and has been for a long time. The real World Champion right now is Vladimir Krammnik, and to make things even more confusing, the best player in the world is Garry Kasparov (10 straight Super GM Tournament Wins in a row! Wow!).
So until a women (and I hope to god it is Judit Polgar) beats either Krammnik or Kasparov, that record is dubious at best.
I wouldn’t say FIDE were a farce - they do offer decent prize money, and hold regular events.
But I agree there are problems, e.g. with the arbitrary introduction of a rapid time control, the unsatisfactory main source of FIDE funds.
Kramnik ‘qualified’ for his World Championship by losing to Shirov. Not satisfactory.
His current ‘defence’ against qualifiers including a German picked by the sponsors is (in my opinion) a regression to the disappointing events of 80-100 years ago, when the main qualification for a title challenge was a wealthy backer, not chess ability.
Yes Garry is undoubtedly the strongest player in the world. But we have world-record holders and Olympic champions, so why not have a World Championship contest?!
P.S. I hope Irina Krush comes through, because she came to a tournament I organised and was a splendid ambassador for the game.
Agreed. Shirov was robbed. Shirov would have been trounced by Kasparov (his one-on-one record with him is like -15 or something) however. Krammnik, who is clearly the #2 player in the world, deserved to play Kasparov for the title at some point tho. Odd, that it happened in this way.
But technically you are right, Zhu Chen was first world champion women to beat a world champion male in a game. Impressive. That Ponomariov kid is one heck of a good player. And he is only, what, 18 years old?
I just hope at some point Kasparov, Krammnik, Anand, and FIDE can work things out to unify into one confederation. Rename it and be done with it! And while they are at it they need to do away with that seperate womens rating system. Judit Polgar doesn’t need it! Makes no sense to have two.
glee, you play chess online anywhere? I play at kasparovchess.com, best online chess site out there.
I know this is late in the game, but since someone else found a link to the article, I removed the full text of the link from the OP, since we try to encourage people to avoid posting the full text of a copyright article at the SDMB.
This case seems to me to be kind of a gray area however so I’m going to ask for clarification and when I get an answer I’ll post it in our ATMB thread “guidelines for posting.”