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jemj ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Unification? Somebody now something about the unification process?
coyotefan ♡ 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Will not happen Chess Gods are idiots!
soikins ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Well... They have found the money for Leko-Kramnik, so it will happen in the autumn. The FIDE KO Wch will be held soon (at least Kirsan has said so) in Libya (I think there...). 2 more steps to go -- Kasparov vs FIDE Wch and the final match...
peppe_l ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Very nice to see "Give Kaspy his title back" plan is going forward :-)

What next? The winner of Kramnik - Leko vs the winner of FIDE Wch to play Kasparov for the unified title?
ckytep ♡ 15 ( +1 | -1 )
No it's supposed to be winner of Kramnik-Leko vs. the winner of the winner of the (:D) Fide WC vs. Kasparov

Kramnik         ---
                       |- ??? ---
Leko             ---            |
                                   |-Undisputed World Champion          
FideChampion ---            |
                       |- ??? ---
Kasparov       ---
ckytep ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
hmm... Now.. I think I might be wrong.. not sure
ccmcacollister ♡ 129 ( +1 | -1 )
Lack of unification hasn't seemed to hurt Pro-Wrasling !? Boxers just collect belts here & there. Sometimes get them all. But otherwise 3 titleholders can get a good payday instead of just one.
Seems like that toaster that defeated G.Kasparov should be in there somewhere tho! (I'd sure like to see a rematch there. I don't believe it would win it again.)
I would be interested to hear if anyone has thoughts as to why unification or non-unification is more desirable. Seems to me like a "More-the-Merrier" situation as far as WC's go. Less chance of one player being able to usurp the WC title & avoid legitimate contenders I'd think?! And more chance to play vs one then in a tmt(???)
or a simul. More WC games to study. etc. Would it hurt to have, oh seven WC's?.
Maybe one on every continent !? Whenever a nation gets its own Chess WC then the game becomes more popular & newsworthy there. Thus, I wonder if non-U is not advantageous. And maybe it gets Chess into the news more, if there is controversy on it.
But, otherwise it's really much of a non-issue to me tho, unless
someone has some reason it should be important to me or to Chess.
If not I'd just as soon have 2 or 3 WC's out there with their controversial claims (EG. Some have suggested that RJF is still the Legitimate WC.) & outrageous demands & behavior keeping the game more in the public eye.
peppe_l ♡ 59 ( +1 | -1 )
Some comments... "Lack of unification hasn't seemed to hurt Pro-Wrasling !?"

I hope you are not talking about "pro" wrestling, since they are as close to chess as Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed...

"Boxers just collect belts here & there. Sometimes get them all."

Yes, but compared to boxing chess is more or less marginal sport, plus the role of champion has always been extremely important. You know - "chess? Yeah, I know chess, Kasparov/Karpov/Fischer..." :-)

"EG. Some have suggested that RJF is still the Legitimate WC."

Some have suggested Elvis is alive :-)

baseline ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
peppe_l "Thank you very much" --- Elvis!
ccmcacollister ♡ 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Peppe Yes, Boxing & Wrasling ARE popular, You help make my point there.
Thank You, Thank you very much! {%-D