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Carlsen Wants to Postpone World Championship Match, Ilyumzhinov Says No | UPDATE

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 8/22/14, 7:27 AM.

According to its president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE has denied a request from Magnus Carlsen to postpone his world championship match with Viswanathan Anand. Carlsen is not happy with the match taking place in November in Sochi, but Ilyumzhinov, who spoke at a press conference yesterday, expressed a firm “no.”

Yesterday, the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported on a press conference given by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The FIDE president stated that FIDE had denied a request from Magnus Carlsen to postpone the upcoming world championship, scheduled for November this year:

“I received a letter from the manager of Carlsen, asking if it is possible to postpone the match. I want to emphasize that the issue raised is not about the venue, but simply to postpone the date, so I don't believe this issue is a political one. However, FIDE has already made an official response that the transfer is not possible, because this match has been part of the official calendar since last year, and a postponement can lead to problems with the running calendar.”

Ilyumzhinov also stated that if Carlsen doesn't play the match, he will be forfeited. When this happens, Anand might be facing Sergey Karjakin, who finished second behind him at the 2014 Candidates tournament.

Carlsen's manager, Espen Agdestein, confirmed to Chess.com that a letter was sent to FIDE asking for a postponement. He plans to come with an official statement on Friday afternoon, which will be added to this article when it is available. Yesterday he was quoted by NRK:

“There are several factors that make us want to delay the match. There is much uncertainty about it and it is not a good solution to play in Sochi in November.”

One uncertainty Agdestein seems to be referring to is the company AGON. As reported earlier by Chess.com, AGON still has the commercial rights to events in the world championship cycle, but at the moment it is not clear who owns the company. A statement from AGON/FIDE is expected to appear today.

Another uncertainty is related to the governor of the Krasnodar Region, Alexander Tkachev. At a press conference early June, when Ilyumzhinov made his announcement about Sochi, he stated that an agreement was made with Tkachev.

Later this summer, Tkachev was included in the European Union's blacklist of tycoons close to the Kremlin, to pressure against President Vladimir Putin backing for separatists in east Ukraine.

Back in June, Ilyumzhinov also said the match would “take place on the territory of the Olympic village,” but that doesn't seem to make the choice of Sochi more attractive. Just weeks after the winter olympics, severa journalists spoke of a “ghost town” as they picked up Alexander Valov's pictures. In March, Sochi was full of empty hotels, some construction was still unfinished, and the stray dogs had returned.

The match between Carlsen and Anand is scheduled for November 7-28 of this year. Under the current agreement, the budget is U.S. $3 million, and the prize fund will be roughly U.S $1.5 million. This is $1 million less than the prize fund of the previous match.


Update August 25, 16:08 CET: NRK reported that Espen Agdestein has notified FIDE on Monday that Magnus Carlsen wants to postpone the decision to sign the contract or not until after the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. “We think it's silly to force such a decision, because there have been so many uncertainties around Sochi and the match,” Agdestein told the Norwegian tv channel.

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  • 12 days ago

    milospantovic

    What seems to be the problem?

    It is normal for chess players to play chess.

  • 12 days ago

    power_2_the_people

    It is signed... i would be eager to see this match was i naive enough to believe all the fuss . Game 5 of Chennai Carlsen wanted to win and that  was done. Complete destruction of Anand's slav. Commentators were measured about the position on the board but i think they were measured because the chess engines are measured so to speak. From a human perspective ---maybe naive-- i thought this is not equal fight.

  • 12 days ago

    pride88

    CARLSEN knew a long time ago that he will have to defend the title this  november!, we all know that carlsen is also a supporter of kasparov, so thats understandable!!, But rules are rules!!, Vishy will be ready for the match any time any place!.. so.... Go Vishy!..:)

  • 13 days ago

    milospantovic

    Carlsen is not in his best form, as we all can see, so he has about 50% chances to win in the re-match.

  • 13 days ago

    soulpower74

    With Carlsen's recent form I would want to postpone also. Still give Anand little chance to win.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Gitananda

    @adarkhorse

    There were credible reasons for his protest - not against India but against the match being awarded to the champs country without an open bidding process. This potentially cost both players money. He played anyway but I think it was valid for him to raise the issue.

  • 3 weeks ago

    vaiuuii

    Open letter to FIDE by the Association of Chess Professionals:

    http://www.chessprofessionals.org/content/open-letter-fide-president-mrkirsan-ilyumzhinov

    A breakup seems more and more likely.

    @ adarkhorse, you have been banned from Chessbomb before for your attitude, now you come here, nice try.

  • 3 weeks ago

    pride88

    @farid_88 yes ur right i understood every word wrote..:P

  • 3 weeks ago

    adarkhorse

    Techcentaur: you seem to mix things up. Talking about someones motives is not the same as talking about a conspiracy. What remains of your text is that Carlsens reservations are for political reasons. But if they were, he could state them immediately, or later on for that matter. There is no reason to create uncertainty. Unless he wants to harm the preparation and psychological state of his opponent. Just like Fischer, or Kasparov for that matter, he makes all things revolve around him for his own benefit. Simultaneously hurting Anands interest is a nice side effect. If he really wanted to make an effective political statement he could have done so but he didn't. My guess of his motives is fare more credible, logical and in line with his history and the earlier fuss about the first match in India. It is probably for this reason that you brought up the straw man of a conspiracy.

  • 3 weeks ago

    TechCentaur

    I'm anything but a Carlsen groupie, but I don't find it too difficult to find an alternate explanation that makes more sense -- at least to those who aren't either fond of conspiracy theories or who don't have something personal *against* Carlsen.  It seems to me that Carlsen is being vague out of political correctness and he is putting the decision off for now because he has to prepare for what is billed as the strongest tournament in history... he has more immediate concerns to deal with.  I know that doesn't appeal to the conspiracy lobe in your brain and it gives a man -- who seems to be no less a straight shooter than anyone else -- the benefit of the doubt.  But maybe you can see past the hate and/or the bias towards conspiracy theory this time.

  • 3 weeks ago

    adarkhorse

    So team Carlsen still has not explained its reasons. I"ll make a small prediction here: if Carlsen wins St.Louis he will use the momentum and not play. In the eyes of many of his groupies (who'd instantly forget about the olympiad and Norway chess) he'd still be champ after a forfeit-even if there are no clear grounds for a refusal to play-and with Fide out of the way he could set conditions for his challengers and get some more bucks/power. And he could postpone the chance of losing his title ofc. If he doesn't win and has to play, he at least will have messed with Anands preparation, keeping him uncertain about the match till the last moment.

    If it was really about questions regarding the match Carlsen and Agdestein could have just asked those questions. The extreme vagueness of a problem defenition and the decision depending on time instead of answers all point to a sneaky strategy-not to honest protest.

  • 3 weeks ago

    floydAkash

    tucumcari Anand is Okay with Sochi. Carlsen now has announced he will decide on his action after the Sinquefield cup.

  • 3 weeks ago

    fabelhaft

    "If anything is clear by now, it is that chess for Carlsen is ONLY about money. Him abandoning his team twice, his dirty off and on the board behavior, his marketing play and media contacts..even his interviews"

    Waiting for Thomas to migrate here as well, but this far only good old sitzkrieg has turned up :-)

  • 4 weeks ago

    tucumcari

    How does Anand feel about playing in Sochi? Anyone here talk to him lately?

  • 4 weeks ago

    hunterz7

    carlsen could play at any place for the rematch. the matter is clearly about the venue. sochi now looks like a hollow-ghost town. Espen should also clearly state why they wanna postpone the date. kirsan shouldn't just say NO. FIDE should make a formal meeting with magnus asap regarding this as he is the world chess champion.

  • 4 weeks ago

    bigbikefan

    @farid_88: 白痴,吸起來。

  • 4 weeks ago

    yogiOK

    I'm a big Carlsen fan but these dates have been on the books since last year. He knew when this would take place, so he should schedule everything else around it. What in the chess world should be more important than defending his WC title?!

  • 4 weeks ago

    Gitananda

    @GM thegormacle re: "For Carlsen it's all about winning tournaments. You see in golf and tennis the world championship title isn't that important."

    Maybe because Carlsen doesn't need the money. However what sponsors are willing to pay the loser of a chess world championship match with a minimal prize fund is far more than what they are willing to pay the first place winner of any round-robin tournament. So sponsors still see it as a bigger deal than tournaments.

  • 4 weeks ago

    RobbertLubbers

    The power of reasoning well is not given to everyone on this forum, unfortunately.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Skeleize

    Carlsen is the most dramatic chess champion of all time

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