Anand v Carlsen Match Set For India?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/8/13, 11:29 AM.

phpfygRlp.jpegA report today in the Indian newspaper The Hindu claims that Chennai will be the venue for world chess champion Vishy Anand's next title defence against Magnus Carlsen.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of the Tamil Nadu government claimed the match will be held in Chennai between 6 -26 November and the state government will allot Rs 29 crore (approx US$5.3 million) to fund the event.

From The Hindu:

Ms. Jayalalithaa said when the World Chess Federation president Kirsan Illyumzhinov met her in 2011, he had requested her to hold the World Chess Championship in Chennai. She also had agreed to organise the event at a cost of Rs. 20 crore. “However, it failed to materialise as Russia made the highest bidding for the championship. Since Tamil Nadu came forward to organise the event in 2012, The World Chess Federation agreed to hold it in Chennai without bidding,” she said.

Chennai missed out to Moscow on hosting the last world championship match between Anand and Gelfand, despite initially having the higher bid. FIDE's announcement then said that "the AICF (All India Chess Federation) would be given a first option of three months following the match in Moscow, to make a proposal for the organization of the World Chess Championship Match 2013".

The 3 months have passed, so it's not clear how much weight should be given to this promise.

The reaction from Carlsen's friends and supporters quoted in the Norwegian press has been understandably guarded and bemused, preferring that the match be held in a neutral venue - preferably with a cooler climate.

The challenger: Magnus Carlsen (photo: Ray Morris-Hill)


Tromsø in Norway is already set to hold the 2013 World Cup and the 2014 Olympiad, so it might also make a bid for the world championship match, if it can raise the necessary funds.

The company with the rights to the world championship, AGON, is rumoured to want to hold the match in New York. Until FIDE actually make an official announcement, we are probably no nearer to knowing the venue of the match just yet!


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  • 4 years ago


    Chennai is Anand's home town, its funny how ignorance makes people so blind. 

  • 4 years ago


    Is it better for Anand to play in India ? Its not entirely clear. It can help but also can put more pressure on him.
    It is better for India to play in India for sure :-)

  • 4 years ago


    India? Even people from there don't want to live there. Bring it to a non-third world country for goodness sake.

  • 4 years ago


    Just say NO, Magnus. You're not Rocky going to Russia.

  • 4 years ago


    If I were Carlsen I would also go for a more neutral match location. It is hard to estimate the effect of playing on an unfamiliar location vs. a familiar location, but it is clear that it is an advantage to play in one's backyard as opposed to some unfamiliar location. The most logical would be to play in unfamiliar territory (or for that matter, equallt familiar territory).

    Having said that, I think staging the World Championship in India would be a huge boom for chess in India. Just seeing the monetary costs associated with the event is shortsighted, in my opinion, because it gives back in a lot of non-montetary ways.

  • 4 years ago


    Why chennai?  There are lots of more beautiful places in India!  It may well be held in the Himalayas! 

  • 4 years ago


    New York gets my vote.  Followed by San Francisco.  Lets not get emotionally attached to Chennai or Oslo.

  • 4 years ago


    If it were a private sponsor, I wouldn't have issues, but 'm not sure if I agree with a developing country spending millions to host a game.

  • 4 years ago


    Anand has been a champion for a couple of years. The champ can have the match in India. 

  • 4 years ago


    diap makes a good point. anand could win simply because carlsen got sick from the water. i did there once and almost died. 

  • 4 years ago


    if anand can go twice  to contenders defend..noone said anything..whats wrong to play in contender coming 2 india 4 a such he will always b in airconditioning..

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    It'd be good for chess if the match is held in India...

  • 4 years ago


    it will be cold in Europe..and there are no crowds in Europe anyways to watch these tourneys. India is a lot preferable.

  • 4 years ago


    Chennai would wait with some strange surprises for Carlsen.
    Traffic - which could make any tourist go traumatic, wrong water, and your
    ill for days, hords of over-poverished people, that could make you go wuffy.

    That could spoil the whole thing.

    NYC would be best.
    Would stash out the biggest media presentations.

    And look at this:
    He was stashing Stephen Colbert in rock-paper-scissor already !!

    Enjoy !

  • 4 years ago


    It's sort of funny to read the argument about Chennai Weather!

    Oslo Norway - Nov Average Temperature 35F

    Chennai,India - Nov Average Temperature 85F

    Anyone on this planet can go out in Chennai in normal clothing. Can they do it in Oslo in November?

    Forget it.. The match is not going to be conducted in open Cricket ground in Chennai or Ice skating court in Norway. It will be in Airconditioned hall either in Norway or India.

    Let's leave out the questiosn about the weather and focus on other concerning aspects if any!

  • 4 years ago


    I was in Delhi in June and had a 600 ruppi room with A/C and I didn't feel the heat so Magnus should be fine..

  • 4 years ago


    climate in chennai will be moderate during november,can expect showers in the night time . about the championship match ANAND has got nothing to lose , even undisputed kasparov lost to kramnik in 2000.CARLSEN last match showed he gets  nervous on the big stage? ANAND became GM before carlsen was born. hence INDIAN KING has nothing to lose ever,. # ebenezer raja

  • 4 years ago


    would it be hot temparature in Chennai?

    if they stay in AC room, outside temp. will not affect them.

  • 4 years ago


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