BIGGEST WHINGER - Boris Gelfand
WHINGER MOST LIKELY TO BE SYMPATHETICALLY INTERVIEWED ON CHESSBASE - Boris Gelfand
LOUDEST MOUTHS ON COMMENTARY - Yasser Seirawan, Nigel Short
INDIVIDUALS MOST LIKELY TO DEPLORE CONSTANT CHANGES IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CYCLE - Garry Kasparov, Nigel Short
PHRASE MOST LIKELY TO BE SPOKEN BY YOUR WORKMATES - "is Kasparov still the champion?" (Or "is Bobby Fischer still playing?")
MEDIA OUTLETS UNLIKELY TO COVER TOURNAMENT UNTIL LAST DAY - BBC Online, British television news
MEDIA OUTLETS LIKELY TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE - most major European newspapers
PEOPLE LIKELY TO BE BLAMED FOR THIS ON INTERNET - English Chess Federation
SUBJECT OF LARGEST NUMBER OF GAGS INACCURATELY CONSIDERED ORIGINAL AND FUNNY BY THEIR AUTHORS - toilet visits of Kramnik and other players
NORMAL TIME FOR LIVE GAMES TO BECOME UNAVAILABLE ON INTERNET DUE TO SERVER OVERLOAD - ten minutes before time control
MOST TIRESOME FEATURE OF CHAT ROOMS - people telling you that their computer says Aronian has an advantage of 0.17 as if it meant something
OPENING VARIATION LEAST LIKELY TO BE ON DISPLAY - Haldane Hack
MOST POPULAR WINNER IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT - Alexander Morozevich
MOST UNPOPULAR WINNER IN THE NOT UNLIKELY EVENT - Peter Leko
PLAYER PRESENT WRITER INCLINED TO SUPPORT ANYWAY - Peter Leko
COMPULSORY SUBJECTS IN ALL PROFILES OF PETER SVIDLER - cricket, Bob Dylan
AVERAGE CHESS WRITER'S KNOWLEDGE OF CRICKET, BOB DYLAN - absolutely stuff all
PRESENT WRITER'S KNOWLEDGE OF CRICKET, BOB DYLAN - rather greater than stuff all
CHANCE OF PRESENT WRITER WATCHING CLIMAX TO GAMES, GIVEN TIME DIFFERENCE - absolutely stuff all
CHANCE OF PRESENT WRITER LIGHTENING UP AND ADOPTING MORE CHEERFUL ATTITUDE TO LIFE IN GENERAL - absolutely stuff all. What do you think attracts me to chess?
I like the way he draws.
I take it you're at least an hour ahead of the UK, Justin... What are the time limits (I couldn't see them stated on the website)?
Any prediction on the gender ratio in chessbase's photographic reports?
Time limits - I don't know, actually. But yeah, we're an hour aheaqd of you here despite mostly being to your West.
I wonder if you considered the Speedy Malc technique of not publishing your predictions until after the event has finished.
In any event,
I've no real clue who's going to win and to be honest I don't much care.
If pressed I'd go for Anand or Kramnik.
When you said Nigel Short loudmouth you missed out ( and pig ignorant )
Details on request.
Nemesis - yes, the website listed him - and now doesn't. I thought he'd ben included. What happened?
Most likely to change the rules, allowing Topalov to enter mid-tournament, just "to add commercial viability to the game": Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Great list. I'm guilty of some of the stupid jokes, and at work the few who know about the tournament ask me if anyone will be able to beat Kasparov.
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