Norway Urge Bids For Anand v Carlsen

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/3/13, 11:20 AM.

phpA5wHSp.jpegThe Norwegian Chess Federation has written an open letter to FIDE to urge them to organise a full bidding process to decide the venue for the World Chess Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen.

FIDE have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the All India Chess Federation to hold the match in Chennai, India from 6-26 Nov 2013. 

Meanwhile, the Norwegian paper VG Nett reports that the Mayor of Paris has written to FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov to offer the French capital city - and birthplace of FIDE itself - as a venue for the match. 


Open letter to FIDE by the Norwegian Chess Federation

Federation Internationale Des Echecs

Mr. President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov / Presidential board

Oslo, fredag, 3. mai 2013

Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov / Presidential board

With reference to the discussion that for some time has been going on between FIDE and Magnus Carlsen’s representatives with regard to the venue for the upcoming FIDE World Championship Match, the Norwegian Chess Federation finds reasons to intervene in this dialogue with a formal letter to FIDE.

As you are aware of Mr. Magnus Carlsen has expressed dissatisfaction with the plans to arrange the World Championship Match in Chennai, India without having any formal competition on the venue for this match. Mr. Carlsen’s view has been presented to FIDE both in emails and in a meeting in Athens with his manager and his lawyer.

It is our understanding of the rules and regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 that any federation or sponsor may bid for being an organizer. We strongly urge FIDE to facilitate a procedure that enables other interested parties to bid for the event. Furthermore FIDE must, based on the regulation consider all bids before making a final decision. From the regulations, it is not clear that FIDE has the right to grant Chennai an option.

We maintain, as expressed by Mr. Carlsen, that it will be an advantage both for the players and FIDE to have a fair and transparent procedure and competition for the selection of the organizer and also for the reputation of chess in general.

Since the Championship is to be held in November, there will be acceptable time to consider other bids and make a qualified decision in due time prior to the event.

The Norwegian Chess Federation expects that FIDE will follow its own regulation for the World Championship Match enabling others to bid for the event as was the procedure for selection of the organizer for the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

We would like to emphasize that this is not a campaign against Chennai as an organizer; it is merely a request to follow the rules and principles of transparency and fairness.

This letter should be regarded as formal complaint on the process for selecting the organizer for the World Championship Match 2013.


Jøran Aulin-Jansson


Norway Chess federation

Tlf. + 47 91 33 22 42



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  • 4 years ago


    Let It Be..!!

  • 4 years ago


    (FWCM) 2013 
    15.3 FIDE may exercise the right to reject any bid application. 
    16. Other: At any time in the course of the application of these regulations, any grounds that are not covered or any unforeseen event shall be referred to the FIDE President, for final decision

  • 4 years ago


    1. Team Carlsen has made an "EXCUSE" now; in case he LOSES against Anand!!

    2. Anand is LOST; either way; if he loses or wins Carlsen (due to venue dispute)!!

    Maybe we should not hold the chess match in any country at all; WHY NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN or the NORTH POLE or SOUTH POLE!! This should SOLVE all the venue problems!!

  • 4 years ago


    come to india my dear norwey friends. we welcome you

  • 4 years ago


    Most of these comment are idiotic.  Both Anand and Carlsen are good guys.  Kirsan Illyumzhinov is a well know power hunger crazy idiot.  Of course there should be no agreement without bids.  Do you think either Anand or Carlsen would complain if, for example, someone added a million to the prize fund?  There is never any harm in looking at all possible bids!

  • 4 years ago


    If this discussion would not be about bids but beds, I think Anand has definite advantage.
  • 4 years ago


    "FIDE have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the All India Chess Federation to hold the match in Chennai, India from 6-26 Nov 2013"

    Is there really anything to discuss?

    I don't understand why Carlsen is so demanding all the time... he didn't take part in WCC last time because he wanted the World Champion to take part in candidate matches like everyone else did.
    Now he is crying about the venue...
    Why don't he just give up playing chess and take modelling as his full time job...or he does this just because he is too publicity hungry...

    Anand on the other hand is not only a good chess player but a decent human being... has anyone ever noticed him involved in such stupid things...


    Not cool.

  • 4 years ago


    BTW, Chennai or elsewhere, the matches are played only in closed rooms... What advantage a player will get playing in his hometown? Chess is not like other outdoor games where you will have cheering fans to support you.....

  • 4 years ago


    Why the comments about Carlsen and Anand? Well, maybe some people just aren't capable of understanding what is being discussed. It's just the same same about what a bad boy Carlsen is etc from a bunch of nutters.

  • 4 years ago


    Rules and Regulations of FIDE for World Chess Championship-

    15.3 Fide has the power to reject any biding application.

  • 4 years ago


    Why are all these comments about Anand and Carlsen?  Irrelivant!  Bidding rules are bidding rules, and they should be followed!

  • 4 years ago


    If Carlson thinks that he is the no 1 player in the world then he should stop worring about the venue. Its an open challenge for him to beat anand in his home town. He should accept and play in India , i cant understand what is he afraid of  ?????

  • 4 years ago


    I think the venue doesent matter in chess as it effects in other games it can be chennai or paris or any other place dosent matter.  Carlsen being a chess player should have understand this and i think he should behave in machured manner and learn sportmanship if possible.

  • 4 years ago


    It really hurts to see some people posting comments which are just baseless. Sir Anand i am proud of you being an Indian , you are a true gentlemen and in your career till now you never demand anything. And today Chess is developing at lightening speed in India , all because of you. No matter which place be the venue i know sir you will defend you title happily but somewhere you will feel sad i know as you were so happy knowing the WCC is going to be help in your hometown, a town which is the the power house of chess in India, chennai which gave India its 1st IM in the year 1961-Manuel Aron than in 1978-V.Ravi and in 1988 its 1st GM Viswanathan Anand and numerous master.

    And please it is a request to all if you dont know about chennai than better dont post sharp comment which hurts sentiments comparing with other cities, no matter how chennai is, it has given the chess World Anand. A man who has won numerous heart, so calm and never seen a GM so friendly egoless, always smiling. Love you sir.

  • 4 years ago


    I had a slight plan to go to Chennai to watch the WC. Damn, I can't be going to Norway now...

  • 4 years ago


    It is Kirsan Illyumzhinov, the FIDE president, whose duty is to ensure the fairness and transparency of the World Championship. But in reality he bothers very little about all that. Illumzhinov must go. Otherwise, he will have to be reminded about his duties by letters sometimes, and there will be new surprises. Anyway, by the level of its prestige the World Championship is worth to be held in better conditions than those which one can expect to find in India. I guess there is hardly any pleasure pleasure for both Carlsen and Anand to play the historical match amid the squalor Asian shambles.

  • 4 years ago


    I have no problem with Chennai as a venue and there is no precedent for matches to be held at neutral sites.  Some matches have been in the home country of one or the other player, more often the Champion, but the reason also usually seems to be more about where the sponsors lived than the players.

    The Paris bid is effectively $4.5 million at current exchange rates, significantly more than the last match in Moscow.  But they shouldn't automatically win it, either.  There needs to be an open bidding period, and soon, so that venue and accommodations may be secured.

  • 4 years ago


    "One town's very much like another,

    When your head's down over your pieces, brother."

    ~One Night in Bangkok

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus is afraid that spicy Indian food will upset his stomach. He may have to use the bathroom more than Kramnik once did!

  • 4 years ago


    Ilyumzhinov must leave!

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