Viswanathan Anand has won his fifth Oscar for the 2007 year after scoring a double crown of the World Champion and the world’s #1-rated player. The personable India Grandmaster will face rival Vladimir Kramnik in the qualifying match for the world title. Gata Kamsky will face Veselin Topalov in the other qualifier.
Any combination will prove to be an exciting matchup and a Kramnik-Topalov will cause the chess world to relive memories of “Toiletgate.” Kramnik-Kamsky will have the least appeal (to the chess world and sponsors) given the throwback to the old Soviet “K vs. K” matches.
Most of the top players were nominated and in the coming years, we will no doubt see some new faces.