Monday, April 08, 2013

Chennai claims the right for Anand - Carlsen match

The Hindu newspaper stated that the match "will be held in Chennai between November 6 and 26 at Chennai and the state government will allot Rs 29 crore for the event, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Monday".

"Since Tamil Nadu came forward to organise the event in 2012, The Word Chess Federation agreed to hold it in Chennai without bidding," Ms. Jayalalithaa said.

Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein told "We have not heard anything from Fide yet, so it is too early to comment."

The article on AsianChess states - "Since All India Chess Federation or India has exercised its right, there will be no opening of bid by FIDE for this match. FIDE officials are expected to reach India in the next week and complete the formalities of staging the match."

FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman confirmed to Chessdom that the statement is correct.

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