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Irony in Moscow !?
A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.
FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich met with Judit Polgar on the 30th of April at the Moscow Central Chess Club for the drawing of lots ceremony with respect to the upcoming Women’s Candidates Tournament (May 29 to June 19) in Kazan.
What is so ironic about inviting the great Judit Polgar to draw the lots is that thru out Polgar’s brilliant career she made it a question of principle and honor NEVER to participate in any event leading to the Women’s World Championship. Judit Polgar believed that women could play chess just as well — if not better — than men and that the one true World Title (commonly called the ‘Men’s World Championship’) was the ONLY REAL TITLE worth fighting for.
Besides, as Judit pointed out in an interview with Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam in 1994 “Why should I want a World Championship match where there are 20 people watching?”
Times have changed since back then, of course, and Judit Polgar has every right to change her opinion whenever she wishes. But the observation that there might only be 20 spectators for a Women’s World Championship still has a lot of weight to it…