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Anand v Carlsen Match Set For India?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/8/13, 11:29 AM.

phpfygRlp.jpegA report today in the Indian newspaper The Hindu claims that Chennai will be the venue for world chess champion Vishy Anand's next title defence against Magnus Carlsen.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of the Tamil Nadu government claimed the match will be held in Chennai between 6 -26 November and the state government will allot Rs 29 crore (approx US$5.3 million) to fund the event.

From The Hindu:

Ms. Jayalalithaa said when the World Chess Federation president Kirsan Illyumzhinov met her in 2011, he had requested her to hold the World Chess Championship in Chennai. She also had agreed to organise the event at a cost of Rs. 20 crore. “However, it failed to materialise as Russia made the highest bidding for the championship. Since Tamil Nadu came forward to organise the event in 2012, The World Chess Federation agreed to hold it in Chennai without bidding,” she said.

Chennai missed out to Moscow on hosting the last world championship match between Anand and Gelfand, despite initially having the higher bid. FIDE's announcement then said that "the AICF (All India Chess Federation) would be given a first option of three months following the match in Moscow, to make a proposal for the organization of the World Chess Championship Match 2013".

The 3 months have passed, so it's not clear how much weight should be given to this promise.

The reaction from Carlsen's friends and supporters quoted in the Norwegian press has been understandably guarded and bemused, preferring that the match be held in a neutral venue - preferably with a cooler climate.

The challenger: Magnus Carlsen (photo: Ray Morris-Hill)


Tromsø in Norway is already set to hold the 2013 World Cup and the 2014 Olympiad, so it might also make a bid for the world championship match, if it can raise the necessary funds.

The company with the rights to the world championship, AGON, is rumoured to want to hold the match in New York. Until FIDE actually make an official announcement, we are probably no nearer to knowing the venue of the match just yet!


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  • 2 years ago


    it should be in india in tamil nadu state..

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  • 2 years ago


    I think Anand is being greatly underestimated. He is a seasoned and talented veteran who will probably rise to the occasion and give a good account of himself. By the way, I believe he has a 6-2 record against Magnus.

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  • 2 years ago


    Do something good for the emerging chess nations and hold the match in China or somewhere in SE Asia - even India would be good from this perspective rather than the same old, same old countries - the best players should be able to play anywhere at all....

  • 2 years ago


    Good, I hope they hold it in India. That way Anand won't have to go when he drags his whoopedass home.

  • 2 years ago


    London is a great venue!

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  • 2 years ago


    Anand said he would be put under much more pressure if they were to play in India.

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Glad interest is already stimulated!

  • 2 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Impressive prize fund! We are on the right track :)

  • 2 years ago


    I would like a more neutral location. Canada :)

  • 2 years ago


    Can't wait!

  • 2 years ago


    new york would give the most exposure .i live in jersey so i'm biased. never saw a world champ match in person. did wall boards at 65-66 us champ.

  • 2 years ago


    India would be a fantastic location. Vishy defending the title in his kingdom.

    Magnus, the invader from Norway, trying to steal the crown from the Lion's den. 

    Can't you feel the greatness, the spectacle! ! !



    (Also Anand already has defended his title on the home ground of the challenger, so it wouldn't be unfair to have it on his home ground as well for a change.)

  • 2 years ago


    India's weather is so terrible that somebody not used to it would be at a great disadvantage. For Carlsen's sake I hope they do it in NY.

  • 2 years ago


    It should be held in India.  Anand went to Bulgaria and defeated Topalov and then he went to Rusia and defeated Gelfand.  

  • 2 years ago


    I think the World Chess Championship match should be held in a location that is as neutral as possible, unless both players are in agreement about a particular non-neutral location (such as Kasparov and Short both wanting to play in London).

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