FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov recently announced at my press conference (at the Dresden Olympiad right after the FIDE Congress) about the new proposed cycle for the World Championship. Some players seem to like it and some do not. Here is the link to a summary of the FIDE Congress.
Do you agree with FIDE President Ilyumzhinov?
The problem with returning to the old system with Zonal, Interzonal, Candidates matches, and World Championship match is there is not enough interest in sponsoring some of the matches. In addition, a three / four year cycle is way too long.
The complaint about the knockout system is many of the elite players will not compete and a two game knockout format leaves too much to chance.
The problem with the 8-player double round tournament format is it does not please the die hard fans for the traditional match play.
So what is the solution?