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FIDE Awards Anand v Gelfand Match To Moscow

  • SonofPearl
  • on 08.08.11 04:48.

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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  • vor 3 Jahre

    Twobit

    I am not sure if FIDE has a board or any sense of accountability. Are there audits, democratic process of address grievances, etc. But it seems utterly unfair how this decision was made. You can read about the competing bids, the Indian clearly ahead of the Russian (and they were first, too, I believe), then bamm, the championship is awarded to Russia. Would be nice to know how this decision was made. Perhaps as a bow to the World Champion, the fact that India was never honored like this before, the gesture that Anand went to Bulgaria to meet a challenger, the goal of expanding player base and gain popularity...All this should have been considered.
  • vor 3 Jahre

    chessdoggblack

    I told all of you before and i will say it for the last time!!!!!!!!! read my lips..."Bobby" knew more about "political chess" than all chess players that ever played the game on this planet. He saw the dark side of FIDE chess tactics. Now! no one can state that he was wrong in his point of view. And if you don't believe him as you should have...well...you can still have the option of being unintelligent or agree with the man...i perfer the latter. C'mon FIDE...stop the disrespect for INDIA and Indians! Clearly: Anand understands what he's up against...a FIDE geopolitical brick wallSealed. If he should win or lose...we may never hear from him again; as he will retire; like "Bobby". What a lost. Long live "Bobby"...he saw the light, in a dark tunnel. This is for all of those confused chess players...who remain on the dark side of the moon.Money mouthMoney mouthMoney mouthMoney mouth Race Matters in FIDE'S CHESS BOOK.Cry

  • vor 3 Jahre

    fabelhaft

    That's funny, they withdraw the press release and create all kinds of hullabaloo to update it the next day, the only difference being which part of Moscow the match will be held in. :-)

  • vor 3 Jahre

    SonofPearl

    The updated FIDE press release just named Skolkovo in Moscow as the venue for the match.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    fabelhaft

    "So...if it was bidding, then why not India?"

    The Moscow bid was widely reported to have a prize fund of 2 million dollar after it was submitted but after the decision was made it had suddenly increased to 2.550.000 according to the withdrawn press release that would be updated "in a few hours" but wasn't. It looks funny that it's just a tiny bit above 2.500.000, maybe the Indian bid was 2.500.000 and that's why the Moscow bid was changed to just a little more after being submitted the first time?

  • vor 3 Jahre

    Twobit

    So...if it was bidding, then why not India? Bidding means competitive offers, winner takes all. Obviously the decision making was influenced by other factors. (Personally, I hoped for Russia winning this, too, but that is only personal preference.) I am sure the Indians now feel cheated about this.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    SonofPearl

    @ fabelhaft - yes, I'm wondering the same thing.  Other sites have left it up, and I'm leaving it as well.  Once it's published, it's published and that's that. If FIDE wants to change something they had better be quick about it! Yell

  • vor 3 Jahre

    fabelhaft

    I wonder how much they could have messed up the announcement, now it's five hours since they withdrew it and asked everyone to do the same.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    arumugam7

    For these sort of crazy reasons only, we hoped that Kaarpov  would the FIDE presidentship.  Bidding,begging etc these so called presidents only lower the prestige of  championship. This is the treatment they are giving to the nation of the  current World Chess Champion.  Sorry state of affairs. very  pathetic.YellYell

  • vor 3 Jahre

    fish_food

    "In my opinion FIDE's handling of this bidding process has been a joke."--

    The title is a joke compared to what it used to be...so why do you the expect bidding process to be any different exactly? Come on.

    Regardless, without Carlsen, it is just another match.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    MightyRearranger

    In my opinion FIDE's handling of this bidding process has been a joke.  Why they didn't accept London's earlier bid is slightly baffling as well.  There are often allegation of corruption floating around FIDE, and a bid that much lower winning almost makes you wonder if their were any cash stuffed brown envelopes doing the rounds here.  Even if the bids were equal then India would surely have been the better call in the interest of developing the game world wide.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    VERY_APE

    I hope that Anand has a russian passport ,

    because I don't know how he will go back to India after he will lose.

    It is the same like Taimanov ,Patosrian and Spassky didn't knew how to

    go back to Moskaw after Fisher beated them!

    Laughing

  • vor 3 Jahre

    jesterville

    ...oh, we so await FIDE's update release...what a situation, and why would FIDE guide not to publish the first release...rather puzzleing this is.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    roslan

    I think the president may have and maybe take any 'advantage" from Russia. More player know who the president. So, what is this?

  • vor 3 Jahre

    WanderingWinder

    Yeah, you might want to put up an update that FIDE have since said not to publish this release they sent out, so something's up... stupid FIDE

  • vor 3 Jahre

    NimzoRoy

    What was wrong with the much higher bid from India? Did the FIDE President consult with aliens about why the lower bid should win?

  • vor 3 Jahre

    SummerStorm

    Anand ought to invite Gelfand to play him in India to get a bigger payday. Only that kind of "move" will affect FIDE. Kasparov-Short did the same.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    pawngenius

    Perfect neutral ground for the championship!

     

  • vor 3 Jahre

    fabelhaft

    Hehe, FIDE removed the press release from their site and say it shouldn't be published, is there something they can do right?

  • vor 3 Jahre

    linksspringer

    chessvibes reports that FIDE now says:

    FIDE will issue a new Press Release in the next few hours. Please refrain from publishing the Press release sent earlier this afternoon as there will be further announcements to be made.

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