In a sense I'm hoping $1 would be a successful bid, as it provides an opportunity for someone to take hold of this somewhat dubious title (and organisation) and bury it once and for all. Surely there is some 1800 rated player out there willing to endure a little ridicule in return for doing the rest of us a favour. Anyone?
Friday, 20 May 2011
Buy your own World Championship title?
The World Chess Federation (not FIDE btw) has been pretty quiet lately, after the supposed multi million dollar match between current (self proclaimed) champion Stan Vaughan and Ron Gross failed to materialise. However I've just received a slightly confusing press release from the organisation which states that (a) bids for a match are now open and (b) there is no minimum amount required to be bid. It seems to imply that this is an open challenge, in that the bid can specify Vaughan's opponent, with the only condition that the winner then play Gross in 2012. However visiting the web page of the WCF (no I'm not giving a link), still speaks of minimum prize pools in the millions, so I'm not quite sure whether a bid of $1 is a valid bid.