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Chennai To Host Anand v Carlsen Match

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/5/13, 5:32 AM.

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Eye-witnesses at the FIDE Presidential Board meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan (from 4-7 May 2013) say that Chennai, India has today been confirmed as the host city for the Anand v Carlsen match from 6-26 November 2013.

Magnus Carlsen and his advisors had been unhappy for the venue to be decided without any bidding process being undertaken, and recently issued a formal complaint about the matter. It seems that their complaint has either been ignored or dismissed.

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UPDATE: FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov (centre) has confirmed the decision on twitter

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Picture via Ali Nihat Yazici on Twitter.

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  • 18 months ago

    jazzTUNE

    You cannot blame Carlsen for his reaction. He wants the title more than anything else on earth, and doesn't want to put himself at any disadvantage at all. Huge consequences and stakes at play for this match. To be fair, it really should be at a neutral location, like the USA for instance. ;)

    Carlsen is a better, more talented chess player. But Annad will beat him to retain his title. It's because Annad plays much better in championship matches. And Carlsen, when under pressure, has folded (note last tournament). Annad is a stronger mental player. He will remain champion.

  • 18 months ago

    chatur

    Last time (Anand -Gelfand) also there was a bid to make Chennai the venue of the World Championship. What's wrong if the present Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, whose capital city Chennai is, managed to get it confirmed. Chennai Chess lovers in India will welcome Magnus in the same way and spirit as they welcome Anand.

  • 18 months ago

    archmage81

    it is unbelieveable that no bidding process was allowed.  It is probably about time for players to break from FIDE again and start a new organization as this one is obviously crap.

  • 18 months ago

    steve_bute

    "in this simple case, who cares"

    But where do you draw the line? Do you have rules to say 'graft is okay in this case' and 'graft is not okay in that case'? Your nation is in massive debt because voters do not care.

  • 18 months ago

    strngdrvnthng

    When did the corruption in FIDE begin? Was it present at its inception or has it crept in over time? Does anyone have an answer that is fact based?

  • 18 months ago

    GuAdRa678

    Although I'm happy that Anand gets the opportunity to play on his home turf for once, I do think the eschewal of a bidding process this year was unfair to Carlsen.

  • 18 months ago

    dzindzifan

    Stop the biotching!  It's just like boxing ... you want to take the title, go the home turf and beat the guy; it's that simple.  Plus as many of the East Indians have pointed out ... Anand, the great champion and person that he is, does deserve to defend his title, at least once, on his home soil.  Corrupt?  FIDE and India ... are you kidding?  Of course, but in this simple case, who cares! Let it ride.

  • 18 months ago

    steve_bute

    This isn't about Carlsen. It's about FIDE and corruption of due process and the potential for bribery and graft to tilt future decisions.

  • 18 months ago

    magic-yak

    I'm not happy with how it came about, but I am glad that Anand gets to play in his home turf for once. 

    And all you Carlson fans who are crying bloody-murder over this farcical display of FIDE's administration techniques. Just remember, if Carlson is as good as you keep saying he will win this anyway. And when (if) he wins it will be all the more convincing because of the location.

  • 18 months ago

    vijaykulkarni

    @peregrine88  Does the venue not matter for Anand? He is quiet and not demanding. Seen that for years. Topolv games were best example of what gentle sportsman spirit he has. If Carlsen is no 1 in the world, prove it anywhere in the world

  • 18 months ago

    IndianHarry

    Carlsen if you are not comfortable to play in Chennai, no issue at all you can declined the challenge and you will be replaced by Kramnik since he is the next right choice to play against Anand. 

    You may be world number 1 for time being but you have to remember that your not a World champion. 

    I suprised to see a challenger giving excuses rather than world champion. 

    In Chess history only World Champions show there discomfort in this kind of situation.

  • 18 months ago

    peregrine88

    @tridev It's always been a huge deal for good reason. The climate of certain regions can lead to distinct disadvantages for players. Considering chess proffesionals are strained to the utmost during a match, that can make a huge difference.

  • 18 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Such a corrupt organization! 

  • 18 months ago

    tridev1234

    Man how does the venue matter whe you are playing indoor and no one is pinching you.

  • 18 months ago

    drumdaddy

    I don't care if it's played in Antarctica! It's two geniuses guiding thirty-two pieces over sixty-four squares. The rest is scenery for the tourists, so let the battles begin! 

  • 18 months ago

    Skaboard

    Whoa, i can't agree with FIDE decision, but declining is too much i think.

    It's not that big of a deal, although Magnus has the right to complain the match could happen with the exact same conditions with nobody making a fuss.

    But since the challenger is not satisfied and there was no bidding process, they should reconsider.

  • 18 months ago

    vijaykulkarni

    Six times World Champion Anand deserves to play on home soil at least once. 

  • 18 months ago

    steve_bute

    I think Carlsen has no proper choice now but to decline.

    Chennai may be the best available venue, but FIDE corrupting its own process has to be challenged.

  • 18 months ago

    Tinku_Basumatary

    it is true

  • 18 months ago

    Incrense

    wah so is there a bidding?? so fide is intending to let whole world know how they violate their own rules.

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