Carlsen "Deeply Disappointed" by FIDE

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/6/13, 2:05 PM.

phpWXxbIZ.jpegMagnus Carlsen has responded to FIDE's decision to award the world chess championship match between himself and Vishy Anand to the city of Chennai without a bidding process.

Writing on his Facebook page, Carlsen said he was "deeply disappointed and surprised by the FIDE decision", but that, "My team and I will now start preparing for the match".

So thankfully, it seems likely that the match will now go ahead.  Vishy Anand will defend his title against Magnus Carlsen in the city where he grew up, Chennai (formerly Madras), from 6-26 November 2013.

Full statement from Magnus Carlsen

After qualifying for the World Championship match by winning the London Candidates I have been highly motivated for, and looking forward to the World Championship match against reigning champion V. Anand.

I’m deeply disappointed and surprised by the FIDE decision to sign a contract for the 2013 match without going through the bidding process outlined in the WC regulations, and for not choosing neutral ground. The bid from Paris clearly showed that it would be possible to have more options to choose from.

The lack of transparency, predictability and fairness is unfortunate for chess as a sport and for chess players.

My team and I will now start preparing for the match. The main thing now will be to come to an agreement with the Indian Chess Federation and FIDE regarding terms and conditions before and during the match. I really hope this process will run quick and smoothly.

Lastly, I will not let the news from Baku diminish the joy and excitement derived from playing the top level Norway Chess tournament starting tomorrow.

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  • 4 years ago


    this is usually russian corruption    some one paid money that it.

  • 4 years ago


    Should be played in London so I can go watch it. That seems reasonable enough. 

  • 4 years ago


    Last time Anand agreed to defend his title against Topalov in Sofia... 

  • 4 years ago


    You guys should give halfgreek1963 a break. He is not just expressing his own opinion. He is speaking on behalf of all the narrow minded, xenophobic bigots out there.

  • 4 years ago


    I am surprised that anyone can choose not to side with Carlsen on this one. Like @Ashaum who wrote: "If Magnus is truly disappointed he should demand for a neutral location...". Well, that is exactly what he has done. There is really no argument to not let the match happen on neutral ground. In so many other sports, this would have been unquestioned. Sometimes champions get to defend their titles on home ground, but always after a transparent process following all the rules of the sports. And when this happens, it is generally considered an advantage for the champion. If, like someone here suggests, it is a disadvantage to the champion, it is still not an argument not to let the match happen on neutral ground. And if ever the process of choosing a location is not fully transparent, fair and by-the-book, it is expected that the competitors complain, exactly like Carlsen does. Attempts to call him whiner etc seem to me more like fanboi/anti-fanboi rants. There is no reason not to protest when something does not follow the regulations, which clearly hasn't happened this time.

  • 4 years ago


    Silly post halfgreek :/

    Very naive Magnus; he is trying to play mind games with Anand because he knows he’ll be tough to beat. Chennai or anywhere it shouldn’t matter. In fact it is more pressurizing for Anand as he needs to live up to expectations of his countrymen. If Magnus is truly disappointed he should demand for a neutral location like Bobby Fischer, not sit there and crib!


  • 4 years ago


    The FIDE talk about "full transparency during the whole process" is laughable at best.

  • 4 years ago


    PhoenixTTD made some excellent points.  Thank you for the thoughtful post!

  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen is right. Why play in India, the opponents ground? Right decission is neutral ground and there is no doubt about that. I mean, is not enough that the world champion just waits for his challenger doing nothing and the challenger has to play 20 games to reach the final? I don't know any other sport where such a thing happens. Should Spain wait for the team in the football world championship to reach the final? Of course not....WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN IN CHESS? not fair.

  • 4 years ago


    Complaining Carlsen:

    Below are a few facts:

    a. He may be the higest rated player on earth; as of date; but he lacks the finesse of a true champion chess player.  He belittles his opponents when he loses a game; without giving them their due.  He does not have the required etiquettes in a post match interview; basically he has to learn a lot!!

    b. He won the Candidates Match by the skin of his teeth (not convincingly; as his fans wished); that too courtesy; Vasilly Ivanchuk!!

    c. Last time he complained about the event format for the World Championship; and this time he is complaining about the venue!!

    d. Thus he has created a neat alibi; in case he loses his match against Vishy Anand! Great strategy; but does not wash with me.

    e. If he is a true Chess champion as he and his fans claim; then he better go with a smile; beat Vishy Anand a gentleman chess titan; in his own city Chennai; and own country India; and become the World Chess Champion!!  That is his challenge!!

    f. In future; if he wins the World Chess Championship; he should do two things; one change the format of his choice; as he wanted last time; when he is the World Champion and never ever make Norway a World Championship venue; as he will surely look for a neutral venue!!Tongue Out

  • 4 years ago


    The thing is that FIDE themselves agree that the option they had given to Chennai no longer was valid, but that they just decided to prolong it half a year after it had expired:

    "On March 15th India asked to extend the option until April 10th and FIDE agreed to it because it was clear that the bid would be accepted"

    As for not allowing neutral bids, like the higher Paris bid, FIDE also stated that:

    "Unfortunately it has always proved difficult to find a sponsor to such a match when the name of the challenger is not known yet"

    Which doesn't really make much sense as "excuse" since there were neutral bidders very interested in this match. It is also pointed out that India refused the split match solution FIDE thought was OK:

    "it was agreed to give Norway an option to come up with an organizer for half of the match, provided that India would accept such a solution. FIDE tried its hardest to convince India to split the match, but they refused"

    "FIDE has acted with full transparency during the whole process"

    That last one is particularly funny. Who for example knew about their prolonging that three month option they gave to Chennai half a year after it had expired (without telling anyone)?

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    i love how disapproving of corruption (and approving of an open bidding process which would make a lot more money possibly for him and possibly FIDE, but who knows what backdoor deal took place) is associated with primadonna behavior on the behalf of carlsen.  considering the costs of seconds and sustaining a team, he may be making very little indeed from this match!

  • 4 years ago


     all FIDE cares about is the money. Really sad...

  • 4 years ago


    If Carlsen stops chickening around he will be a tough opponent.

  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen should man up. He is a disgrace to chess.

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus is young.  With young people there is a tendancy to be a bit narrow minded.  Once you have a reason for the opinion you want, it can be difficult to see other sides.

    First, even though the bidding process was skipped this round, it was announced a long time ago that it would be and the reason was given.  It is only now that that reality is upon him that he is surprised and disappointed.  It's a little late for that.

    Second, there is more involved than just the location and process.  If he offends the hosts, the akwardness during the match may affect him.  Even if it doesn't, he is still offending his host who just accepted what was offered them.

    Third, he is just one player.  Even the best player cannot run the show.  It does not take a long look at the big picture to see that any competition cannot be run by the competitors.  He should stop trying to influence the process beyond what is allowed.  Let others handle the unfairness.

    He had similar poor judgement when he withdrew last time.  His letter suggested changing the world championship to a one tournament free for all.  He compared chess to team sports and questioned why the reining champion should have privledges like defending his title in a match.

    Chess is not a team sport.  Even when a team repeats as champion, the same team does not show up.  Changes are always made and possible.  Individual competitions are different.  Some use a rating system, some use a championship match.  Boxing is an example of a sport with champions.  College (American) football was an example of a team sport using ratings for championships.  It always ended in arguments.  As well it should.  Ratings can only decide who plays, but you have to play. 

    There is more prestige in winning a world championship when you have to beat the world champion.  There have only been a handful of champions over 100 years.  It is not like American football where some wildcard team can get hot at the right time and win even though eveyone knows they are not close to the best.  If there were a world championship tournament for the past 100 years, we would have had probably 3-4 times more world champions.  Do that many people deserve that title?  It would completely redefine the term if every few years some luckbox outside the top 5 or 10 becomes "world champion".  It would be like putting an escalator on Mt Everest and then adding the names of those who rode it to the list of those who climbed the mountain.

  • 4 years ago


    If Spassky in Anand place, he will not allow this since he doesnt want to be unfair to his opponent... I dont think this gives Anand advantage, but remind him that the match begin with an unfair "bidding" .

  • 4 years ago


    All controversies aside, I am really happy that India gets to host the world championship - That too in Chennai which is my hometown!! 

    Vishy Anand is my chess idol. Getting an oppurtunity to watch his games live in Chennai againt Magnus Carlsen is really exciting indeed!. Good luck to both the players - Thank you FIDE for giving India an oppurtunity to host the event!!

  • 4 years ago


    @drumdaddy I agree. FIDE abolish bidding only hurt players and chess in general. disappointed that Kasparov and Noweigian federation did not send a formal protest. all FIDE care is money

  • 4 years ago


    Dont worry people Carlsen is mature enough to not let this outrageous decision by FIDE to affect his play... This world is totally unfair.  Just like Bobby, his going to prove that even FIDE and Indian federation make underground agreement to skip bidding, he can still win the match fair and square.

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