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Norway Urge Bids For Anand v Carlsen

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/3/13, 11:20 AM.

phpA5wHSp.jpegThe Norwegian Chess Federation has written an open letter to FIDE to urge them to organise a full bidding process to decide the venue for the World Chess Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen.

FIDE have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the All India Chess Federation to hold the match in Chennai, India from 6-26 Nov 2013. 

Meanwhile, the Norwegian paper VG Nett reports that the Mayor of Paris has written to FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov to offer the French capital city - and birthplace of FIDE itself - as a venue for the match. 

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Open letter to FIDE by the Norwegian Chess Federation

Federation Internationale Des Echecs

Mr. President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov / Presidential board

Oslo, fredag, 3. mai 2013

Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov / Presidential board

With reference to the discussion that for some time has been going on between FIDE and Magnus Carlsen’s representatives with regard to the venue for the upcoming FIDE World Championship Match, the Norwegian Chess Federation finds reasons to intervene in this dialogue with a formal letter to FIDE.

As you are aware of Mr. Magnus Carlsen has expressed dissatisfaction with the plans to arrange the World Championship Match in Chennai, India without having any formal competition on the venue for this match. Mr. Carlsen’s view has been presented to FIDE both in emails and in a meeting in Athens with his manager and his lawyer.

It is our understanding of the rules and regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 that any federation or sponsor may bid for being an organizer. We strongly urge FIDE to facilitate a procedure that enables other interested parties to bid for the event. Furthermore FIDE must, based on the regulation consider all bids before making a final decision. From the regulations, it is not clear that FIDE has the right to grant Chennai an option.

We maintain, as expressed by Mr. Carlsen, that it will be an advantage both for the players and FIDE to have a fair and transparent procedure and competition for the selection of the organizer and also for the reputation of chess in general.

Since the Championship is to be held in November, there will be acceptable time to consider other bids and make a qualified decision in due time prior to the event.

The Norwegian Chess Federation expects that FIDE will follow its own regulation for the World Championship Match enabling others to bid for the event as was the procedure for selection of the organizer for the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

We would like to emphasize that this is not a campaign against Chennai as an organizer; it is merely a request to follow the rules and principles of transparency and fairness.

This letter should be regarded as formal complaint on the process for selecting the organizer for the World Championship Match 2013.

Sincerely,

Jøran Aulin-Jansson

President

Norway Chess federation

Tlf. + 47 91 33 22 42

e-post: jj@sci-group.net

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  • 12 months ago

    Estragon

    I have no problem with Chennai as a venue and there is no precedent for matches to be held at neutral sites.  Some matches have been in the home country of one or the other player, more often the Champion, but the reason also usually seems to be more about where the sponsors lived than the players.

    The Paris bid is effectively $4.5 million at current exchange rates, significantly more than the last match in Moscow.  But they shouldn't automatically win it, either.  There needs to be an open bidding period, and soon, so that venue and accommodations may be secured.

  • 12 months ago

    Ray_D

    "One town's very much like another,

    When your head's down over your pieces, brother."

    ~One Night in Bangkok

  • 12 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    Magnus is afraid that spicy Indian food will upset his stomach. He may have to use the bathroom more than Kramnik once did!

  • 12 months ago

    bigbikefan

    Ilyumzhinov must leave!

  • 12 months ago

    Miraj1991

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  • 12 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Might as well do it in Chennai now, because it's unlikely that Anand will be in another title match after this one. But, whatever. I'm sure they'll work it out, as there are months to go, and both players seem pretty congenial.

  • 12 months ago

    Quin_Nikita

    All u need is a chess board and chess pieces. Why is venue such a big deal? Foot in Mouth  If the process is not fair, then Carlsen's team has a valid point...Cool

  • 12 months ago

    chesszking

    chinky

  • 12 months ago

    chennaisuperkings123

    Anand has played else where for world championships in a row. He deserves to play in his homeland Chennai!

  • 12 months ago

    ivor12

    I am baffled to see how some people sincerely believe in the misconception that one of the players would have some sort of advantage or disadvantage by playing at a specific place. If the venue is bad, both players will suffer.  Hopefully FIDE will consider a real bidding round to find the best venue (not saying that Chennai is a bad venue, because I would not know that).

  • 12 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Interesting. I'd really just like this thing to get settled, so that it doesn't become something that clouds over the match...

    Danny

  • 12 months ago

    MKCIMICMAN2

    I think people are missing the point, from all the news out there, all Carlsen is asking for are the rules to be followed in picking the best location. What should be looked at is what would be best for chess. Seems like having in home of ether one is wrong. 

  • 12 months ago

    TarjeiJS

    rhari19

    Reg 1) Reg Fairness I would say it is your personal opinion. Anand's match with Topalov was played in Sofia in Topalov's home country. In addition to that, Anand had to take a 40hr bus/car journey to get there due to the Iceland Volcanic eruption and no rescheduling/postponement by a few days happened. What's fair about that ?


    Yes, that was too bad, but how is this relevant to the current WC match with Carlsen? Should unfairness be justified with more unfairness?


    Reg 2) Fully Agree. But this is no reason to say that Paris is better than Chennai.


    A significantly higher bid is certainly one very good reason. For the players, AND for FIDE. My guess is also that the publicity would be a lot higher organizing the match in a western city.

  • 12 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    The "ChessDogg" agrees with many and disagrees with many. Let's look at this take, Anand has represented chess as it should be and himself. If Mr. Cry Baby Carlsen wants his cake and eat it by himself its o.k. Look the guy barely got to the line without the help of my man Ivanchuk; and he still remains ungrateful. O.K. now its Anand's turn right: demand 20 more million than the "CRY BABY" and the game is on. That's fair. After all he is the Champ and he should get lots more money on his plate, than his last five title outings. Now what? This isn't Fischer and the KGB school of chess...dudes. This is the future...and the future of chess does not need this stink in the sink. Carlsen is trying to upset the champ and cause him not to focus on the game. Another, rotten egg Carlsen unsportsman like tactic. Laugh now Carlsen, but the joke is on you. And those who can't stand my truth, you know where to find me. Press play on chess.com and i won't have any excuse to play you down.Money Mouth 

  • 12 months ago

    chessrook1234

    Magnus will love the Chennai's french crapes - indian style- (called masala dosai) and its companion foods (Idly and Vada). Come one Magnus, eat some spicy food and show you can win in chennai. you got many years ahead to earn some easy chess monies..lol..dont miss the chennai scene.

  • 12 months ago

    Spaskasjasky

    FIDE have not used the normal transparent prosess to find a hosting city of the match. A comeptition with bidding from different playing venues around the wolrd would be normal... 

    FIDE must get their act together and now Paris have a better bid and also the city where FIDE was established in the first place...

  • 12 months ago

    fabelhaft

    "I am not aware that he was ever demanding or protesting against anything. In a class of his own"

    Yes, it's hard to find anyone that doesn't like Anand, he has always been thoroughly agreeable and will be rightfully remembered for a long time for that as well as his chess.

    The only criticism I could possibly come up with is maybe also exactly that he never has protested against anything. When he had to play dozens of Candidates games in a few weeks and then only had a couple of days both to travel and prepare for the FIDE title match against Karpov in 1998 he accepted that without complaints, just like minimatch knockout World Championships, and Kasparov's door slamming in the 1995 match. Anand also accepted it when FIDE out of the blue decided that he would have to defend the title against Kramnik in case he won Mexico 2007. He had no complaints against playing five World Championships in six years either. Maybe it would have been better for him to complain a little now and then.

  • 12 months ago

    mjDangerous

    The home country of the current World Champion is preferrable, i think it's a right decision.

  • 12 months ago

    Twobit

    "Paris is of course better than Chennai, but I think that for once Anand should play without a disadvantage, and if Carlsen wants to prove that he is the best, he should prove that he is able to defeat Anand anywhere."

    This implies that Carlsen should have the disadvantage, doesn't it? Also, why would Paris be an advantage for Carlsen? I do agree however that during it all Anand remained a gentleman and I am not aware that he was ever demanding or protesting against anything. In a class of his own.

  • 12 months ago

    Wolfgang_83

    "it is merely a request to follow the rules and principles of transparency and fairness."  As is well known in every sport save this equality of conditions. It would be fair a neutral city for the match. No  India!! Go Magnus!

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