FIDE Respond To Magnus Carlsen

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/7/13, 4:43 AM.


FIDE have issued a press release to explain their decision to award the world chess championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen to Chennai, India without a bidding process.

The challenger Magnus Carlsen had complained in a strongly worded statement about FIDE's decision, since it appeared that there may have been other possible venues if a bidding process had been undertaken.


FIDE Press release

Since the Candidates’ Tournament ended, and GM M. Carlsen became the challenger of the coming World Championship Match there have been several developments, mails exchange between all parties (Carlsen, Anand, FIDE), questions asked, and also speculations.

FIDE would hereby like to put forward the current situation regarding this event.

Directly after the 2012 match was awarded to Moscow, FIDE agreed to grant an option to Chennai. The PB and its meeting in Armenia in January decided that FIDE and AGON, who holds the rights for organizing the whole cycle of the World Championship, were advised that India would take up its option organize the World Championship match. This was done on January 24 in Athens, where both parties agreed not to open a bidding procedure, but to grant an option to India, as requested. We should emphasize that according FIDE rules the World Championship cycle is not included in the list of events, for which FIDE is obliged to do so (like Olympiads, for instance). This has been deliberately done, because in many cases FIDE, having the priority in mind to secure the match and the cycle, was ready to give an option or even to grant the match if the proposal was attractive enough.

Consequently three of the last matches were given to an organizer without a bidding procedure.

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 and just needed an approval of the Tamil Nadu State Parliament, a session which took place on April 8th. One could ask why was the extension given to a date when the name of the challenger will be known already, and the simple answer is that FIDE, being convinced that the positive answer was just a matter of technicality, did not want to lose this bid for an alternative that gave no guarantee for a better result or any result at all.

When the approval of the bid by India was published and FIDE representative was called to formalize it, on April 8th, GM Carlsen’s manager contacted FIDE and asked to have a meeting to discuss this matter before a formal move is done with India.

Carlsen and FIDE’s representatives met in FIDE office on April 15th, when all claims were brought up by Carlsen’s representatives and were answered by FIDE. Among the points raised and answered we would like to emphasize one and this is the issue which was also raised in media – the question of neutrality. Unfortunately it has always proved difficult to find a sponsor to such a match when the name of the challenger is not known yet. Therefore most of matches in the past were organized in one of the participant’s countries. Consequently both World Champions Anand and Topalov played in their opponent’s country – a natural result of the situation.

On that day both parties signed a paper whereby 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 India wanted to fulfil what has been approved by the government of the Tamil Nadu State and FIDE had to keep its obligations, and consequently an M.O.U was signed in Chennai on April 19th. One day later, the FIDE President visited France, where he got a proposal to organize the match in Paris. Mr Ilyumzhinov promised to bring the proposal before the Presidential Board. The French proposal was higher than the Chennai one, with more contributions offered. However, the Board decided (unanimously with one abstention) that FIDE must respect its obligation and thanked the French federation and the city of Paris for their proposal, hoping that there will be another opportunity to have a big event in Paris.

FIDE has acted with full transparency during the whole process, trying its best to secure the match and standing by its obligations and reputation. FIDE will do everything to secure equal conditions for both players and also will try and still trying to increase the prize fund for the match.

FIDE wishes these two great players a successful match, and is sure that India, the homeland of Chess will bring to the world a fascinating event.

Gens Una Sumus.

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  • 4 years ago


    thanks to FIDE...

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus and his bosses want a break-even match venue, which is, I think fair and logical. While the champ is an Indian, the FIDE is mindful with great pride granting the loopsided option to India, the birthplace of chess, the overall venue of the match. But, I smell something pungent here. FIDE eyeing Paris the second option for the match venue, because of  those big  sponsors whose assurance, if being fulfilled, to host the match venue, will give big purse money for this chess championship. With this in mind, FIDE now is being transitory in their decision. What comes next, we will see.

  • 4 years ago


    Wow how the mood on the boards have changed now that we have two sides to the story. I read the one previous to this about Carlsen's response and it seemed everyone thought FIDE was a corrupt and horrible organization with a few scattered who cares mixed in. Glad to see people get it now and that this controversy wont work it's way into the even when it occurs. Should be an interesting match for the chess alone.

  • 4 years ago


    Good reply by FIDE.

    Case closed.

  • 4 years ago


    "I dont know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone." -Bill Cosby

  • 4 years ago


    I just want both World Chess champs to be happy!!!!! Then I'll be happy!!!!!!!Undecided

  • 4 years ago


    FIDE is absolutely right this time.

  • 4 years ago


    As much as I don't like how this was done, FIDE does have a point.  They have to insure that there is a championship match regardless of who wins. Since it was Carlsen and he is the rock star of chess of course there are now other cities wanting the match.  However, at the beginning of the cycle who could know?  Suppose someone with less name recognition had won, such as Radjabov?  If FIDE hadn't already secured a site then they would be left scrambling at the last minute and taking whatever offer that they could get.  I'm sure Paris wouldn't be fighting over a Anand vs. Radjabov match.

    The best thing that could happen would be for Carlsen to win in fine style and then start a bidding war for the next match.

  • 4 years ago


    The Indian media knows nothing about Carlsen since chess isn't that popular here. The home field concerns are without basis.

  • 4 years ago


    Well!!!!! Now carlsen vs anand in India!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It could be 1984

    kaspy vs karpov?????????? .....   Rematch between carlsen vs anand in paris 2014-2015..   take my words............>>>>>>>>>


  • 4 years ago


    I guess all the fuss happened because FIDE didn't realised that people (including MC) would complain. They just needed to make it clear that there was a compromise with Chennai since long ago, even with no complains its a good idea to explain those decisions, otherwise people will always ask questions.

    The best way to do it would be to split the match between both home countries, but its not easy to make it happen.

    Its great that the match venue is decided (or at least guaranteed) in advance.

  • 4 years ago


    Democracy and chess often go different ways, this is a real problem. That is because of the lack of coverage of it in the mass media.

  • 4 years ago



    a. India expressed interest to conduct WCC last time itself; when Boris Gelfand (not that popular player) was the challenger; but Russia got selected by FIDE. Paris was no where in the picture; and "bidding process" not a must for this event; according to FIDE!!

    b. To appreciate India's gesture; FIDE gave India the first option; stuck to it; and now granted WCC at Chennai - India.  To appreciate Paris's gesture; FIDE should give it the first option for the next WCC match!!

    c. Carlsen; who did not know till the last match of the Candidates; whether he was winning; but did due to courtesy Vasilly Ivanchuk; tries to change the venue; but fails.

    d. Two great chess minds settle down to play the great game of chess in India; to decide the real issue; who will be next World Chess Champion!!


  • 4 years ago


    He is afraid of police here

    If there is any chip in his brain as most people have doubts . He is very afraid that he could be in trouble in India.

  • 4 years ago


    I don't think MAGNUS ever thought he'd be able to change venues.


    He was just holding out for compensation.



  • 4 years ago


    it will give Anand an advantage. If you travel to follow sporting teams you will know it's not just the crowd. It's the hotel, it's the food, people calling your hotel all night, crowds outside the window, bureacratic issues, etc...anything to mentally put you off the game. Carlsen is good enough to beat it though.

  • 4 years ago


    It will help to make chess popular among Indians. It is going to be a big hit in India.

    A historic moment for us Thanks FIDE.

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks for the clarification and we all chess lovers look forward some quality chess and less politics.. Two great players meet each other in a long duel. Wish both of them good luck

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    FIDE is in the right here. Magnus sort of *has to* make a complaint on behalf of his countrymen, but in all honesty, he has no grounds. Look at the last several matches as FIDE points out: Played on the "home turf" of the two players, who by the way were NOT AnandWink... 

    So I don't believe a bias exists, nor do I believe the match being in India gives Anand any kind of advantage. 


  • 4 years ago


    Indeed it is a long standing practice. The world champion would choose (whether it is Paul Murphy or Laskar) where and when for how much they would get challenged. The practice comes from even before there was a FIDE

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