Anand v Carlsen Match Set For India?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013. 04. 08. 11:29.

phpfygRlp.jpegA report today in the Indian newspaper The Hindu claims that Chennai will be the venue for world chess champion Vishy Anand's next title defence against Magnus Carlsen.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of the Tamil Nadu government claimed the match will be held in Chennai between 6 -26 November and the state government will allot Rs 29 crore (approx US$5.3 million) to fund the event.

From The Hindu:

Ms. Jayalalithaa said when the World Chess Federation president Kirsan Illyumzhinov met her in 2011, he had requested her to hold the World Chess Championship in Chennai. She also had agreed to organise the event at a cost of Rs. 20 crore. “However, it failed to materialise as Russia made the highest bidding for the championship. Since Tamil Nadu came forward to organise the event in 2012, The World Chess Federation agreed to hold it in Chennai without bidding,” she said.

Chennai missed out to Moscow on hosting the last world championship match between Anand and Gelfand, despite initially having the higher bid. FIDE's announcement then said that "the AICF (All India Chess Federation) 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".

The 3 months have passed, so it's not clear how much weight should be given to this promise.

The reaction from Carlsen's friends and supporters quoted in the Norwegian press has been understandably guarded and bemused, preferring that the match be held in a neutral venue - preferably with a cooler climate.

The challenger: Magnus Carlsen (photo: Ray Morris-Hill)

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Tromsø in Norway is already set to hold the 2013 World Cup and the 2014 Olympiad, so it might also make a bid for the world championship match, if it can raise the necessary funds.

The company with the rights to the world championship, AGON, is rumoured to want to hold the match in New York. Until FIDE actually make an official announcement, we are probably no nearer to knowing the venue of the match just yet!

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  • 4 év ezelőtt

    nameno1had

    Awefully far for Magnus to travel.....! :-\

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    marvinukes

    try north korea

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    nameno1had

    For the record, India has more gold than any nation on earth. They have plenty of money to host this by far. That being said, I'd like to see it hosted in like Prague, Athens, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Warsaw, or Moscow. I think those would be good cities that are fairer to the players. Sorry, all of you who think Carlsen should have to go over to Vishy's backyard and play this on his patio, are wrong. NYC, Paris or London would be good alternates otherwise, but would cause Anand a great deal of travel.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    Aquinas65

    Why would anyone cite Wikipedia as a credible source of information?

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    polinerio

    hkvg, agreed. Too many have seen Slumdog Millionare. LOL. The amount of money is surely peanuts for the government. FWIW I doubt it will take place in India, or Norway for that matter.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    ildolphino

    @kavanam: indeed, Wikipedia refers to an article from 2011 to backup this statement, which contains the following passage:

    The Fide president, who personally met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa two months ago before Chennai offered to host the Viswanathan Anand-Boris Gelfand match, has written a letter to her, explaining the circumstances in which Moscow won the bid and gave a written assurance that the 2013 match would be allotted to the south Indian city provided the All India Chess Federation (AICF) extended its bid to the next championship.

    It's very strange however that FIDE has not yet made an official statement. Either Mr. Ilyumzhinov's word is worthless (which would not surprise me), or he never made such promises...

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    pulpfriction

    Chocolate Teapot's comments about Tata sponsoring chess in Netherlands.  Tata acquired Corus Steel which used to sponsor chess in Netherlands and that's the only reason the Tata name is attached to chess.  Tata, incidentally sponsors Archery, Football, Mountaineering and a host of other activities in India.  Just my two cents.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    starkillervader

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_external_debt contries with debt, norway has two time more debt than India. :) again ignorance

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    Walter0508

    surely the champion is entitled to home advantage ,Himalaya's would be great obviously Chennai is anand's home town so that's a possible if not London ,Paris or new york as a neutral venue,yes in case anyone doesn't know India has the money to to host this and as i think carlsen will win it may be the only chance India will have of hosting such an event so India (Himalaya's) gets my vote.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    ChocolateTeapot

    hvkg, as it happens I know quite a lot about India, and Tamil Nadu in particular. There are plenty of wealthy people in India, but they do not share your sense of national pride. These people are truly monotheistic. They worship only one God, and he is not part of the Vedic pantheon.

    I am not belittling the great strides made by India over the last few decades, but it has bigger priorities right now. Nor can you compare chess with the IPL in terms of popular appeal. That is why Tata sponsors chess in the Netherlands, but not in India. It is all about money.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    hkvg

    "I have a feeling that money, and Norway, will win out. Norway has plenty of it, unlike India''

    i'm having real fun reading comments about more money in norway, developing country spending millions. dont you guys read newspapers anymore? In which century do you live? If anything, India has much more money than norway, but we have more people too ....

    the money allotted here, rs 29 crore, is just peanuts for the govt. To put things in perspective, a recent telecom scam was responsible for a loss of Rs 27,000 crore to the coffers of the govt. so please stop this nonsense about money. India is about the second fastest growing ecocnomy in the world, after china, and the money we are talking about here is very very small.

    Compare it to the hugely popular 20-20 cricket franchise called Indian premeir league , where the amount of money involved is several times this.

    But I agree that the match should be held in a neutral venue, probably US or even Moscow perhaps. But I would love it if it comes to India.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    petercast68

    the best place in the world for such a event

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    ChocolateTeapot

    I have a feeling that money, and Norway, will win out. Norway has plenty of it, unlike India, and Carlsen is a great source of national pride for a country that does not have a lot of heroes.

    I hope I am wrong though. I have a lot of respect for Anand, who had to do it the hard way, and India deserve their chance.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    Twobit

    Anand in Chennai, Topalov in Sofia...

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    albatrosses

    Go for London! Tested and proven.... Also neutral ground

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    GoatsRUs

    india HELL NO

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    Aquinas65

    The Indian newpaper "The Hindu" is hardly world-renowned for its accuracy in reporting...

    I would hold off on all of this "location" debate until we hear something official from a credible source.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    nameno1had

    While I think NYC would be a fine venue, I think one involving less travel for both players would be good. I think a good neutral venue would also be best. I would prefer a large central or eastern European city for the best press coverage.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    deepak19921993

    i read people saying stupid things about india and chennai.i dont know why all the hollywood movies  depicts india as a country of slums .remember europeons our ancestors used to eat all the year where as your ancestors are starved to death in winters . india is a country of great wealth and those 10 million dollars is nothing to be considered and november you have very good climate like 25 degree celcius in days and 20 in nights. and tell me the player who dont wants a billion ppl audience?and there are no cyco pathetic civilian retards in india who pops up with gun in a public place or school and randomly fires

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    Zinsch

    It's not like they can choose, where they want to play. Not a lot of countries want to come up with 5 million dollar funding for a chess event. They have to take, what they get.

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