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


    Its funny how people support the next big thing, Anand had to face a lot adversity during his last championship game in bulgaria. I dont think Anand really cares where the game is going to be held. he just wished it would be chennai so that he will play in front of his friends and family.

  • 4 years ago


    If the regulations for FIDE to include that there will be a bidding process for the host city, then it should be conducted. By not doing this, it just opens the question of corruption.

    What good reason is there to not consider bids from any other Chess federation?

    Carlsen is more than correct to ask them to explain.

  • 4 years ago


    Peer pressure plays a role. I guess Anand has some advantage playing in his country where Magnus will be the guest. I don't think it really makes a bid difference though. A chess game is a chess game. I think what Magnus is stating is that FIDA might make future arrangements withouth the consent of the players, arrangements that will actually matter.

    Good luck for both players!

    GO MAGNUS!! Cool 

  • 4 years ago


    ritul, they actually had a bidding for WC match between Anand and Topalov in Bulgaria, and such isn't happening here

  • 4 years ago

    NM papapizza

    Interesting. Carlsen now has the chance to beat the reigning champion in the city where he grew up, which would make the match even more unforgettable for both players.

  • 4 years ago


    I guess Carlsen should start eating south indian food get prepared to live in Chennai. just kidding..

    ps: but he can have his pick of delicious tamil food from below article ;-))

    starting with Biryani, Kuzhambu, Sambhar, Paruppu, Rasamm Kootu, Kari, Poriyal, Pickles, Papads \vadai, bonda, bajji, soups, chutneys idlis, dosai, poori, pongaluppma, idiyappam, aappam, adai, parotta, paniyaram

    he can enjoy and build his culinary he will apply to become a chennai resident after the

  • 4 years ago


    By not having a formal bidding process it is possible that the price money for the match is less than what it could have been.

    Otherwise Magnus shouldn't complain, the organizers will certainly do their best to meet all his requirements about the playing conditions.

  • 4 years ago


    i think everyone forgets that Anand went to Bulgaria to defend his title against Topalov! .. faced super hostile environment and he didnt complain at all inspite of the adversity he faced! .. so i am not sure what Carlsen is worried about . just shut up and play chess .. that is your job! .. Anand has earned this right to play it in Chennai! 

  • 4 years ago


    rightly so, good to see he doesn't shun to voice his opinion

  • 4 years ago


    No, he's not another Fischer --yet.

    But he's running a close second, passing Kasparov in the backstretch.

  • 4 years ago


    One truly wonders what it would take to dethrone FIDE. A corrupt organization it is with "lack of transparency...and fairness" , although I would not call it "unpredictable". You always know it is about money and behind the curtain wheelin'-dealin'...

    If I remember correctly, they promised the Gelfand-Anand match to Chennai first, too. At that time Chennai made a fair bid, put up the money and all. Then, unexpectedly it ended up in Moscow, due to late and come from behind bid. Go figure.

  • 4 years ago

    Why are the rules of chess the same in different countries?
    His answer: Because the game comes from outer space. Whahaha.
    Why is this idiot Ilyumzhinov president of anything?

  • 4 years ago


    Thankfully Carlsen didn't make a big deal out of this. Anand-Carlsen will be the match of the 21st Century!

    I believe Anand will win this time and Carlsen will finally dethrone him next time (2015?).

  • 4 years ago


    No bidding process is bullshit and everyone knows it. I think Magnus is really a good sport for going along with it. I'd be happy with either of them winning as they are both great chess players, I just think it should be in a neutral area. I mean if Magnus win are the going to make the next contender play in Norway without bidding? Probably not...

  • 4 years ago


    Well, November in Chennai is reasonable for minimizing the effect of weather which can tire out players in humid climates. One could then wonder if there is any home turf advantage, other than having the audience dominated by Indians. Carlsen needs to be careful with his choice of foods, as even the most seasoned travellers can have adverse reactions in faraway places.  Yes, Magnus is really being a good sport in light of FIDE's questionable process of a host city award without bidding.

  • 4 years ago


    I am watching you extremely closely, with my glass eye.

  • 4 years ago


    Thankfully he's not a whiny bitch like Fischer

  • 4 years ago


    Just play the game.

  • 4 years ago


    Ilyumzhinov must leave immediately!  Stop this Soviet imp once and for all!

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