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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. 


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.


Jøran Aulin-Jansson


Norway Chess federation

Tlf. + 47 91 33 22 42

e-post: jj@sci-group.net


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  • 2 years ago



    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 ?

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

  • 2 years ago


    veryzxy - will india want to host the WCC when anand loses? NO

  • 2 years ago


    Would norway have wanted to host if Kramnik had won?

  • 2 years ago


    Paris much much better of course

  • 2 years ago



  • 2 years ago


    "Team Carlsen is only asking for the rules of FIDE to be observed"

    Of course. And Paris offer much more money, so no reason to be against having things done the same way as before, with a bidding process according to FIDE's own rules. 

  • 2 years ago


    @bagpiper123456 the answer is in the open letter..

    "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."

  • 2 years ago


    if not on the ISS, I would like to see it held in Paris

  • 2 years ago


    What about 1985 - Moscow, both players from USSR?

    WCC should be played in Vladikavkaz - somewher in between New Delhi & Oslo. Wink

  • 2 years ago


    Team Carlsen is only asking for the rules of FIDE to be observed, I do not think this is anything to do with worrying about his opponent.

  • 2 years ago


    To end all debate I ask this simple question:

    Why is there such protest now when these rules were decided quite a long time ago? The only that's changed is Magnus is the official challenger. But where was any discussion about these decisions months, or even weeks, ago?

  • 2 years ago


    Lets hold it in the International Space Station!!! Far away from earth and controversies... Such politics is bad for chess... I hope this gets resolved amicably. Ideally, people should be discussing what kind of moves players would play rather than where they would play.

  • 2 years ago


    "Carlsen is too afraid to play in Chennai"


  • 2 years ago


    Vishy deserves the right to defend his title in his home country, he is the WORLD CHAMP.  

  • 2 years ago


    Vishy had to fight for his WC title at his opponents backyard and he won it all, whilst Carlsen is too afraid to play in Chennai... It's like everyone wants Anand to go down by making it hard for him. 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.


    I agree completely!!!

  • 2 years ago


    It would seem that chances are excellent for a larger pay day (for both players) and for greater publicity and PR of the game itself with a bidding process.

  • 2 years ago


    The oldest active trophy in international sport is the America's Cup, which for those of you who don't know is sailboat race. The venue is determined by the defender, which can certainly give them an advantage. when you get down to the nitty gritty though, isn't the venue for chess just 64 squares and 32 pieces, which never changes? 

  • 2 years ago


    So many politics in chess and it's not like we're a huge sport like football/soccer...  

    I wonder what the specs on Carlsen's computer are?  

  • 2 years ago


    "fide has given rights to chennai....fide cant turn back as chennai too can use breach of contract"

    What contract would that be? After signing a Memorandum of Understanding (that is in no way binding or a contract), the FIDE representative said: "We are considering a couple of venues, and we are discussing them with the players. The final decision will be taken in two-three weeks". So no decision has been made, only the Presidential Board can decide where the match will be played.

  • 2 years ago


    Let them play on the top of Mt. Everest. Then both will have a disadvantage :P

    PS: Not serious comment

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