FIDE Respond To Magnus Carlsen

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013. 05. 07. 4:43.


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 év ezelőtt


    Carlsen is correct in having concerns about the current practice of granting options by FIDE instead of a proper bidding process.

    Hopefully this will change after his match with Anand. While WGM Pogonina described this as a long-standing practice, [possibly due to the stale state of the game prior to Carlsen], it is clear that things need to change in the future.

    Neverhteless, Carlsen is a true gentleman and his response reflects a mature and tempered character. He's a professional player and we all expect him to win the contest- even with the disadvantage of the current venue.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Usually I enjoy rooting for a rebel who tries to break the system, a la Kuhn's paradigm shift.

    But Carlsen is a spoiled whiner who thinks the chess world should do what he says (eliminate candidate matches, change venue) because he is a fashion model and knows how to win drawn games by dragging them out for hours.

    So I find myself rooting for Anand - it's sort of like rooting for the Yankees. 

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    They both get paid $1m+ whether they win or lose.  I think it will be more monumental when Carlsen dethrones Anand in his own country.  FIDE is retarded anyways (i.e. FIDE's WC tournament system).  There's a reason why Kasparov seceded FIDE's regulations; they are a bunch of D-bags.  Some things in life you just have to grind through.  

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    An interview with Henrik Carlsen says Fide rules states WCC venue must go through bids. The veteran in the chess scene must know way more than internet people here

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    "It has been relatively well-known that the next match will take place in India since the Moscow WCC in 2012"

    India was given a three month option to bid for the match, which expired August 2012. When they didn't take advantage of that option it was hard to say that it was well-known the whole time that they would hold the match anyway.

    "one has to stick to one's obligations and keep one's word. FIDE granted the WCC match to India in advance, so they had to keep their promise no matter what"

    Yes, now that it turns out that they actually had promised India the match after the Candidates had started they of course had to keep that promise when they finally did make a bid in April 2013.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    "according FIDE rules the World Championship cycle is not included in the list of events, for which FIDE is obliged to [have a bidding procedure]"

    If this is indeed so, then the whole calamity about why FIDE didn't follow its own rules is mute -- they did, and the rules don't mandate a bidding process.

  • 4 év ezelőtt

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    I was surprised when all this fuss started. It has been relatively well-known that the next match will take place in India since the Moscow WCC in 2012. Some people were acting as if they have never heard about it and never studied the history of the previous matches...

    I mean, it would have been nice to split the match or do something else to ascertain neutrality/a nice prize fund. However, one has to stick to one's obligations and keep one's word. FIDE granted the WCC match to India in advance, so they had to keep their promise no matter what.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Magnus is not a baby, we argue for hes case in a respectfull way and he only did so, once in public and said he would play, also in India, and he did so after the decision was allready made.

    Carlsen is devoted to chess, and yes he may seem childish in some interview, but he wasnt the only one who did so in the post interviews in the candidate matches for example.

    Aronian didnt even show up for one of the post game interviews! And I really like Aronian attitude towards chess and towards others, but the candidate push people to the max. mentally.

    Maybee Magnus is a bit more honest about hes play and what happens thant others, which logically can come out rude or disrectfull to some world class players and there level of play. But I dont think its intentionally.

    And I think Magnus love for chess and hes passion and level of concentration is a good tribute to the chess world. Regardless that he sometime does things that can be seen as a bit rude. 

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    It is really some sort of 1984 language when FIDE claim to have acted with full transparency when not a single person was informed that they in secret had given Chennai a new option seven months after the official one had expired. Who makes deals in such a shady way and still calls it "full transparency"? And who has the right to give such options in secret? Shouldn't the Presidential Board hold a public meeting and vote about it, and publish such decisions so they are known?

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    "Congratualtions" to Indian Federation for not spliting the match with Norway, which not only "bolstering" the overall prize fund and recognition of the players, and also done a "fantastic" deal to uphold the fairness of the competition! so well done

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    why not play the WC on board the sattelite.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Uncivilized way of deciding this matter.


    Oh wait, maybe the whole Channai thing isn't either

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    Good. I'm glad the smoke is cleared now.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    looks convincing. After all, carlsen is like kasparovs baby, so there is no surprise, they would try to discredit FIDE at some point.

  • 4 év ezelőtt


    FIDE has done fine.

    I, for one, am really glad that the match will be in India, the home of chess, the home of 1.3 billion people, the home of a great World Champion...and a much better time zone for us in Asia/Pacific, compared with Europe or US:))

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