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Ilyumzhinov: “Anand-Carlsen World Championship to be Held in Sochi”

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 6/11/14, 9:48 AM.

The FIDE World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen is going to be held in the city where the Winter Olympics took place earlier this year: Sochi, Russia. This was announced by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov today at a press conference for Interfax in Moscow.

Photo: Russian Chess Federation

The FIDE website reports today that, at a press conference for Interfax in Moscow, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced that the match between World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and the Challenger Viswanathan Anand (India) will be held in Sochi. The dates are 7th November to 28th November of this year, and it will take place on the territory of the Olympic village. Ilyumzhinov also announced the budget: US $3 million.

The website of the Russian Chess Federation gives more details: an agreement was made with the Governor of the Krasnodar Region, Alexander Tkachev and in the next week or two all formalities will be taken care of: FIDE expects to receive a bid to host the match and bank guarantees from sponsors.

Prize fund
It was also mentioned that from the $3 million budget, “one to one and a half million” will be used for the prize fund. 
However, the Rules & Regulations in the FIDE Handbook (in PDF here) speak of a minimum prize fund of one million euros, so right now we're talking about a smaller margin: US $1.35 - 1.5 million. This is one million dollar less than the prize fund of the previous match, which was 1.85 million euros (US 2.5 million).

Andrei Filatov, the President of the Russian Chess Federation, reacted as follows: “Holding in the Russian Federation the most important chess events such as a match for the world title is becoming a good tradition and is evidence of the revival of Russia's status as a chess power. I am grateful to the governor of the Krasnodar Region, Alexander Tkachev, for his willingness to take responsibility for organizing and carrying out the most important event in world chess calendar in Sochi. The Russian Chess Federation is awaiting approval from the sponsors to submit a bid to host the match.”

Anand & Carlsen last November in Chennai

The announcement by Mr Ilyumzhinov makes an end to a period of uncertainty around the upcoming world title match. As reported by Chess.com last month, the World Chess Federation had not received any bids by the extended deadline of 30 April, 2014. The Norwegian Chess Federation had made some attempts to try to get the match to Norway, but no official bid emerged.

Jøran Aulin-Jansson, the President of the Norwegian Chess Federation, said to to Norwegian newspaper VG that, because this is about Russia, nothing is certain yet: “As far as I know they are still negotiating with the players, which can be of influence on this. The situation we have in Ukraine now makes that things may escalate and that for political reasons someone cannot participate. It depends on what sanctions Norway and the EU will impose against Russia.”

The choice of Sochi might be related to a visit to the city by Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, earlier this month. At the Belaya Ladya children's chess tournament Mr Putin met with Mr Filatov and Mr Ilyumzhinov. In his speech he said: “There was a time when chess lessons were held in every school at every district. It is great and pleasant that this tradition is being revived. Chess is the most intellectual sport; we always took the leading positions in all international ratings.” 

After announcing the location for the World Championship, Mr Ilyumzhinov used the press conference to speak about the upcoming FIDE Presidential elections. As the website of the Russian Chess Federation mentions,

In particular, the question was raised about potential violations of the Code of Ethics of FIDE and the United States and the laws of Singapore in connection with the infamous agreement between Garry Kasparov and FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong. According to Ilyumzhinov, this issue is currently studied by the independent Ethics Commission of FIDE, which is soon to deliver a verdict.

Apparently Mr Ilumzhyinov said that the Commission may prohibit Mr Kasparov from participating in the presidential elections, which would mean an automatic re-election for himself. Mr Kasparov's aide-de-camp Mig Greengard tweeted (referring to this leaked document):

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  • 3 months ago


    Ilyumzhinov must go!

  • 4 months ago


    @vinupradeep2580 now that would be a match well worth seeing. You never know, anything is possible. I like both players. So either way I win and lose...

  • 4 months ago


    I have a bet.. Vishy anand will crush magnus..:-P:-P:-P

  • 5 months ago


    everything may be at market

  • 6 months ago


    2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 .. 2016 ... is there any regular pattern ?

  • 6 months ago


    they should ahve the world champoinship every year. or every quarter every year to make chess more popular...once every 2 years is too long!!!


    there should be a world champoin for every form- long regular version and short time plays.....just like in cricket...and make this game popular fast...


    Advertisers will pour in for short version of chess and it will make chess players richer and let them play chess full time..


  • 6 months ago


    the Magnus is on a totally different world of chess then the rest, he will win again

  • 6 months ago



  • 6 months ago


    i am sure ANAND will win

  • 6 months ago


    I m with Anand....let's hope he wins d title dis time

  • 6 months ago


    hope Anand wins this time..

  • 6 months ago


    Funny to note there was a lot of money from last year's bid. It seems like this guy is conected to kirsan (just like agon) due to the small prize fund.

  • 6 months ago


    Balachandar is right. India could do it for Anand and Norway can't do it for Carlsen. In my opinion it is just a shame for Norway.

  • 6 months ago


    Nice to see it's all set up now.....I think I recall someone here saying a while back that after this year the FIDE WC will be held every 2 years.

  • 6 months ago


    Funny to see that a country which was shamed one year ago and declared as the worst location to hold a WC for being a third world nation and shit hole had a prize fund of almost twice the current one. 

  • 6 months ago


    @caronte1 :The last World Chess Championship was held from 9 to 22 November 2013 in Chennai, India and the next one is to be in 7 to 28 November 2014. My math may not be as good as yours but if you ask me that's one year...

  • 6 months ago


    A WCC every year is no good idea - that´s for sure. In Russia - why not - great chess country! No need to look at politics - or is anybody here who still believes what the press is telling us about Ukraine or Russia.

  • 6 months ago


    and you need to know what you are talking about the chess championship is every 2 years

  • 6 months ago


    Having the World Chess Championship every year has a tendency to cheapen it. It's kind of like having the Olympics every year and not every four years.

    We need to go back to having the World Chess Championship every three years or at least every two years to give it some status as being something special. FIDE is ruining Chess by its corruption and it's leadership.

    FIDE needs to change...

  • 6 months ago


    m,ay i ask why the USA and Norway didnt bid , the fide president found resources and a place to make championship match happen , thats his job , he delivers what chess needs , period.

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