Anand v Carlsen Match Set For India?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 08.04.2013, 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)


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 lat temu


    FIDE should award the venue to the bidder most capable of holding such a prestigious event.   I remember watching the WCC between Anand and Kasparov held in New York at the WTC, sadly no longer there.  It was truly impressive. 

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    I fail to understand why will this not be neutral...  There is no real home advantage like in other outdoor sports where knowledge of home conditions may be useful. Infact Anand would be under more pressure given that he would be playing at home... 

    However, I am not sure if Chennai has any famous landmarks. It would be awesome if WCC took place in vicinity of the Taj Mahal (if it is close by)! That would be spectacular!

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    One more piece of news related to the World Championship match:

    The World chess championship match between reigning champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway, to be held here from November 6 to 26, will offer prize money of $2.55 million (approx. Rs. 14 crore).

    Addressing a press conference here on Monday (mainly to thank Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for granting Rs. 29 crore to host the event), D.V. Sundar, Vice-President, FIDE, said the international chess body had given India time till April 10 and now that it has been announced, the question of bid does not arise.

    “If India had not replied by April 10, then they would have opened the bid,” he said. Sundar added it would take around three weeks to formalise the “whole thing”. Manuel Aaron said Anand will rise to the challenge of playing with a much younger player like Carlsen who has “great determination and energy. Young or old, he’ll (Anand) find something for Carlsen”, he added.

    J.C.D. Prabhakar, President, AICF, also spoke. V. Hariharan, Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, proposed the vote of thanks.

  • 4 lat temu


    As Albatrosses said, London has hosted several strong Super GM tournaments these past 12 months and all have been successful. It would almost be fitting for the Candidates and Championship to be held in the same city.

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    Destroying Anand on his turf.. maybe they shouldn't hold it there.

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    Inane comment of the day: Carlsen's starting a beard!

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    I think it's nice that if it take place in India, for the sake that all of Anand championships has not yet to play in his homeland.  India should be top priorety!

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    London has a great reputation in the last year of super tourneys. Go London!

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    Since is the FIDE WCC fairly unlikely that they choose NY, CA, or anywhere like that for the championship.

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    I would personally love to see it played in NY. I'd say that's fair and neutral enough. It's roughly midway between the 2 countries, either North vs. South or East vs. West. Also, as someone who lives in the NY media market area (NJ), It would be cool to see chess televised for once. As to the comments about weather, it's not like they are going to be playing outside lol. And even if they were, November weather in the Northeast US has been fairly tame and mild in the past few years.

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    Weather is not that terrible in Chennai during november. Peak summer is during April and May, and it won't be so hot in November. (By our standards). Besides, it's not right to call it terrible. The weather in colder countries can be so terrible for us. We would have to wear 3-4 sweaters.

    And besides, the players would be under air conditioners always, in the playing hall, or at their hotel rooms.

    Those who're talking abour neutrality, what happened to it when Anand played Topalov in Bulgaria? Nobody raised this neutraliry thing back then.

  • 4 lat temu


    Should be in another area neutrality is important that why other sports do that.If we want our beloved sport or game to grow this should be important as well. California might be a great location as weather in San Diego would be great and and media coverage could be great. NY although near where I live also has a lot media , but weather could be chancy in Nov . What should be looked at is where Chess can get the most promotions to grow the sport or game. 

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    it should be in india in tamil nadu state..

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    I think Anand is being greatly underestimated. He is a seasoned and talented veteran who will probably rise to the occasion and give a good account of himself. By the way, I believe he has a 6-2 record against Magnus.

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    Do something good for the emerging chess nations and hold the match in China or somewhere in SE Asia - even India would be good from this perspective rather than the same old, same old countries - the best players should be able to play anywhere at all....

  • 4 lat temu


    Good, I hope they hold it in India. That way Anand won't have to go when he drags his whoopedass home.

  • 4 lat temu


    London is a great venue!

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