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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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  • 3 months 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.

  • 3 months 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!..:)

  • 3 months ago

    soulpower74

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

  • 3 months 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 months 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 months ago

    pride88

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

  • 3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago

    floydAkash

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

  • 3 months 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 :-)

  • 3 months ago

    tucumcari

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

  • 3 months 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.

  • 3 months ago

    bigbikefan

    @farid_88: 白痴,吸起來。

  • 3 months 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?!

  • 3 months 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.

  • 3 months ago

    RobbertLubbers

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

  • 3 months ago

    Skeleize

    Carlsen is the most dramatic chess champion of all time

  • 3 months ago

    power_2_the_people

    The quality or state of not being prejudiced towards or against any particular side or party, impartiality, treating all people and groups equally : not partial or biased, is paramount in FIDE's decisions . Its more important than anything else.

  • 3 months ago

    jimknow

    Chess, and especially it’s organisation FIDE, has become one oft he numerous funny oligarch hobbies of our times. Oligarchs love funny „elections“ as much as their other little hobbies, and especially the last two FIDE elections were a wonderful display of oligarchic political culture.


    So for now oligarchic clowns keep on possessing FIDE, acting with all the usual means like dirty shadow companies, exchange manoevres in the dark of legal voters for countries etc. etc. All oligarchic everyday business. And all sharp critics can be thankful not to be killed by people close to Ilyumshinov, like Larissa Yudina was.


    So what? No reason to get excited: that’s just the oligarchic way of life. Will these kinds of people raise worldwide interest for chess? Of course not, they just want it to stay what it is: their little hobby, with their dwarf delegates and dwarf supporters standing around between the flowers in their front garden, feeling honoured for the pure attention, or well paid, to join the party of utterly meaningless people.


    Does anyone expect these people to get worldwide sponsors of real companies (not the aeEGOny kind) for world championship matches? Of course not. Does anybody excpect them to avoid silly rematches after only a year or so? Of course not. Does anybody expect the FIDE Grand Prix to take place in lots of Grand towns where it might gain some worldwide attention? Of course not: just read the published list of venues with a big smile.


    Now the reigning world champion is not only supposed to play the rematch in a silly short time frame, but even under the typical oligarchic circumstances. If anyone has a question or two about these circumstances, asking for delay until some things are clarified, he or she will of course get no clarification at all, or even any real answer. And after eventually asking if the non-answer is supposed to be regarded as answer, we will receive the same impertinent joke as from the funny female FIDE representative in Tromsoe, speaking her utterly stupid „Yes“ into the microphones.


    Let’s face it: This FIDE and everything it manages is an ongoing soap opera. We have to live with episode 253, while real chess from people really loving chess just hast o try to survive these people anyway.


    I will regard Magnus Carlsen as the only legitimate chess world champion as long as no one beats him in a match worth calling a match, no matter if he plays in Sotchi or not. In fact any decision of the present FIDE regime is completely irrelevant to me, like to most people in democratic countries.


    The big problem is that they have ruined chess since decades, to a degree which has killed most oft the public chess interest in many countries, especially in the west, where hardly anybody aside from some dark or trojan horses and their aliases and friends takes them serious anyway ;-)

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