FIDE Awards Anand v Gelfand Match To Moscow

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/8/11, 4:48 AM.

fide_official_logo.jpgMonday, August 08, 2011 - PRESS RELEASE

The Federation Internationale des Echecs is pleased to announce that following the evaluation of the bids for the World Chess Championship Match 2012 and the recommendations by the World Championship and Olympiad Commission, it has awarded the organization of the match to the Russian Chess Federation.

The match will be held in May 2012 in Moscow, Russia and offers the World Champion Vishwanthanan Anand from India, and the Challenger Boris Gelfand from Israel, a prize fund of 2,550,000 US dollars.

FIDE thanked the Russian Chess Federation for its winning bid and will work together with the RCF to ensure that the match is organized under the best conditions for both players.

The FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude also to the All India Chess Federation who worked very hard to put in a very competitive bid with the support of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

In view of the commitment shown by the AICF and the appreciation of FIDE towards the development of chess in India, the AICF 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.

FIDE is further pleased to announce that the Women’s World Chess Championship Match between Women World Champion Hou Yifan from China and the Challenger Humpy Koneru from India, will be held in Tirana, Albania in November 2011 for a prize fund of 200,000 euros.

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  • 5 years ago


    Obviously Moscow is an excellent choice. Good job.

  • 5 years ago


    I'm surprised that so many think it would have been wrong to hold the World Championship in India because Anand would have had home advantage, Anand-Topalov was held in Bulgaria, Kramnik-Topalov in Russia, the Euwe-Alekhine matches in Netherlands, Lasker-Capa in Cuba etc. There's nothing unusual with a player have home advantage.

  • 5 years ago


    Flash, considering that these two women aren't even in the top 100 ranking, yet they make so much more than the majority of the men outside top 10, it's hard to consider this discrimination. Especially when you consider that Anand and Boris isn't playing a man World championship, bot Humpy and Yifan are both very welcome to compete in it, they just gotta become alot stronger and qualify.

  • 5 years ago


    chess men and women are equal.

    but women have the advantage of being smarter than srongn.

    lt no accident that the gooddess of chess is a women: Caiça.

    women men must face in tournaments.

  • 5 years ago


    what is the point of bids if the highest bidder doesnt win?? NONSENSE

  • 5 years ago


    Anand beat Topalov in the house Bulgaria =]

    No matter where.

  • 5 years ago


    @Nickil, the competition could not be in India as this would be an advantage to Anand.

  • 5 years ago


    The best thing for the world champion to be in neutral place.

  • 5 years ago


    it should have gone to India; the prize money was twice as much, politics again

  • 5 years ago


      Alright!!! That's what I was hoping for as a result of this. I can not wait to see that match. Hopefully Gelfand and Anand are preparing dilligently for it.  Yeah baby!!!   Cool


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