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Competition for Chennai as Paris bids for chess final

Chennai’s bid to host the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen to be held in November this year,received fresh jolts on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 4, 2013 1:34:52 am

Chennai’s bid to host the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen to be held in November this year,received fresh jolts on Friday.

First it was the Norwegian chess association that sent an open letter to FIDE urging the international body to allow national organisations and interested parties to bid for the hosting rights of the final. Close on its heels came the announcement that Paris (the French chess federation) was ready to organise the final,with the mayor of the city promising a fund of euro 3.45 million ( euro 2.65 million prize fund plus euro 800,000 contribution to FIDE). The amount translates to about $4.37 million,which would technically outbid Chennai’s proffered $3,367,250.

However,FIDE had granted the All India Chess Federation and Chennai the rights to host the final after their failed bid for the Anand-Boris Gelfand match last year. Despite Norway’s insistence and the Paris bid,FIDE is yet to throw open the bidding.

In a letter to FIDE,the Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë said “the city of Paris welcomes the French Chess Federation initiative” to organise the final. “Paris is the city where FIDE was born and ever since,chess has been part of our cultural heritage. Our capital is looking forward to organize and welcome in the best possible conditions this Championship” he said. FIDE was founded in Paris in 1924.

Earlier on Friday,the Norwegian Chess Federation lodged an “official complaint” with the FIDE,stating that opening up the bidding process was the only fair and transparent way of deciding the venue for the final.

“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,” wrote Jøran Aulin-Jansson,president of the Norway Chess Federation.

“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,” reads the letter. Since the match is only in November,Aulin-Jansson argued,there was enough time to “consider other bids and make a qualified decision in due time prior to the event.”

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