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London Calling For The Candidates?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10-02-12 10:40.

fide_official_logo-gens-una-sumus cropped.jpgBelieving 'news' that you read on Twitter can be a foolish pastime, so despite days of speculation on the popular micro-blogging site, chess fans and press alike have understandably waited for official confirmation of a remarkable rumour.

Now it seems that the news is official (although no press release is available) - London will host the 2012 Candidates tournament between 23 October and 13 November this year.

The president of the world chess governing body FIDE, Kirsan Illyumzhinov confirmed the decision in a brief interview with the Russian daily sports newspaper Sport-Express. He also stated that the wildcard choice will be Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan. However, the deal that has been struck goes much further than that. It seems that the rights to hold market the next world championship cycle in its entirety have been sold.

So who exactly has bought the World Chess Championship? He is Andrew Paulson, a 53 year-old US entrepreneur from New Haven, Connecticut now working in Russia. Paulson has lived in Russia since 1993 and achieved initial success with the publishing house Afisha.  He is now an internet mogul with SUP Media, a giant online media company based in Moscow, which owns the Russian news site Gazeta.ru and the social media platform LiveJournal.com as well as other websites.

Andrew Paulson (picture: James Hill)

Andrew Paulson (by James Hill).jpg

 

Despite the apparent confirmation from Kirsan Illyumzhinov of London as the venue for the 2012 Candidates tournament, there has not yet been an official FIDE announcement, so the position remains fluid. On the face of it, this is a very positive development. A new financial backer looks like he is ready to fund a whole world championship cycle.  As ever, we shall have to wait and see if the reality meets the expectations. Watch this space, but don't hold your breath!

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  • 3 jaar geleden

    g-levenfish

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh!I'm holding my breath!??

  • 3 jaar geleden

    SonofPearl

    Baldvin it's a double round-robin tournament

  • 3 jaar geleden

    Baldvin

    What is the format going to be like this time around?

     

    Surely they won´t have this whole knockout distaster again?

  • 3 jaar geleden

    novzki41

    I'm looking for an exciting Candidates Match this year!! These guys better bring in the big guns! 

  • 3 jaar geleden

    SonofPearl

    @ jesterville -  I think you're right. The latest developments seem to suggest that the Azerbaijanis have paid for the event, but it's being held in London (presumably to accommodate Aronian) and marketed by Andrew Paulson. I've amended the article.

    It would be nice to have a press release soon from FIDE to confirm the details. Trying to piece together what's going on from chatter on Twitter is absurd. Yell

  • 3 jaar geleden

    jesterville

    I'm not too sure "Sonofpearl" got this one correct. From what I have been reading on other sites, the info suggests that it was the "marketing rights" that were sold for the whole Grand Prix Series, including the World Cup, the Candidates Tournament and the WCC Match. That is that "Lex Luthur" will only have rights to the Marketing aspect of these matches, and not own nor control them directly. This is totally different than what was presented.

  • 3 jaar geleden

    jesterville

    Radjabov deserves to be in, he is #5 in the World. Now if only all invited will show up so we may see  the top chess players go at each other...

  • 3 jaar geleden

    mclala1991

    Radjabov in! Hell yeah!

  • 3 jaar geleden

    fabelhaft

    It does make more sense with the Radjabov wild card though if the Azeris were given the event on the condition that they held it elsewhere than in Azerbaijan, just like with the last Candidates. If so Paulson has nothing to do with the Candidates or picking the wild card.

  • 3 jaar geleden

    fabelhaft

    Just to make it all even more funny, the Azeris state that there were two bids, one from Bulgaria and one from Azerbaijan, that the latter won and are the organisers (but in London). Their version doesn't even include a bid from Paulson and "Agon", (and not a word from FIDE with regards to what they actually decided):

    http://www.extratime.az/article.php?aid=265244

  • 3 jaar geleden

    jesterville

    India had a way higher bid than Russia last year... yet Russia won the bid to host the current WCC. This is FIDE we are talking about...nothing makes sense with these guys. If I had to speculate I would guess that Azerbaijan had the higher bid, and FIDE allowed them to pick the final spot, to win "friends and favours".

    Why on Earth would you sell the rights to the heart of your organisation?

  • 3 jaar geleden

    fabelhaft

    "Because Radjabov is the strongest player who hasn't qualified by other means"

    Maybe he is, but the reason the Germans picked Lutz in 2002 and the Azeris (who paid for the event) picked Mamedyarov in 2011 was that the rules, then as now, stated that the organiser gets to pick the wild card. Either they changed the rules so the player that is highest on the live rating list when the bidding is decided gets the spot, or the Russia based American picked Radjabov by himself for the London Candidates. It would also have been possible to pick Nakamura or Adams or Karjakin, for example. Maybe Paulson just told FIDE that he didn't care who was picked and FIDE suggested Radjabov.

  • 3 jaar geleden

    dragonbishop97

    lev aronian can play now

  • 3 jaar geleden

    Dreammaker14

    I believe in constitution!!!!!
  • 3 jaar geleden

    p0testi0

    I believe that the Candidates tournament was originally to be held in Azerbaijan. Some top players protested about the location, especially Levon Aronian, who is Armenian. FIDE then looked for an alternate location but still promised that Azerbaijan would still be able to place a player as a wildcard into the tournament even though it is to be held at a different location. So even though it is in England, Azerbaijan places the seed, Teimour Radjabov, into it as it would have been if the tournament stayed in Azerbaijan.

  • 3 jaar geleden

    p0testi0

    I believe that the Candidates tournament was originally to be held in Azerbaijan.  Some top players protested about the location, especially Levon Aronian, who is Armenian.  FIDE then looked for an alternate location but still promised that Azerbaijan would still be able to place a player as a wildcard into the tournament even though it is to be held at a different location.  So even though it is in England, Azerbaijan places the seed, Teimour Radjabov, into it as it would have been if the tournament stayed in Azerbaijan.

  • 3 jaar geleden

    __vxD_mAte

    Wow

  • 3 jaar geleden

    melvinbluestone

    Still laughing at that one, GargleBlaster: Lex Luthor! ....... What was the old hobby, anyway? Oh yeah..... Lex used to make kryptonite brownies.

  • 3 jaar geleden

    dzindzifan

    I love listening to GM Danny King commentating on the matches so I can't wait!!!Cool

  • 3 jaar geleden

    fabelhaft

    I wonder why Radjabov was picked, by the way. The organisers choose the wild card, and why an American businessman in Russia would pick an Azeri for an event held in England is hard to understand. Not that there's anything wrong with giving Radjabov the spot.

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