Norway Urge Bids For Anand v Carlsen

  • SonofPearl
  • on 03-05-13 11:20.

phpA5wHSp.jpegThe Norwegian Chess Federation has written an open letter to FIDE to urge them to organise a full bidding process to decide the venue for the World Chess Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen.

FIDE have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the All India Chess Federation to hold the match in Chennai, India from 6-26 Nov 2013. 

Meanwhile, the Norwegian paper VG Nett reports that the Mayor of Paris has written to FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov to offer the French capital city - and birthplace of FIDE itself - as a venue for the match. 


Open letter to FIDE by the Norwegian Chess Federation

Federation Internationale Des Echecs

Mr. President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov / Presidential board

Oslo, fredag, 3. mai 2013

Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov / Presidential board

With reference to the discussion that for some time has been going on between FIDE and Magnus Carlsen’s representatives with regard to the venue for the upcoming FIDE World Championship Match, the Norwegian Chess Federation finds reasons to intervene in this dialogue with a formal letter to FIDE.

As you are aware of Mr. Magnus Carlsen has expressed dissatisfaction with the plans to arrange the World Championship Match in Chennai, India without having any formal competition on the venue for this match. Mr. Carlsen’s view has been presented to FIDE both in emails and in a meeting in Athens with his manager and his lawyer.

It is our understanding of the rules and regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 that any federation or sponsor may bid for being an organizer. 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.

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.

Since the Championship is to be held in November, there will be acceptable time to consider other bids and make a qualified decision in due time prior to the event.

The Norwegian Chess Federation expects that FIDE will follow its own regulation for the World Championship Match enabling others to bid for the event as was the procedure for selection of the organizer for the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

We would like to emphasize that this is not a campaign against Chennai as an organizer; it is merely a request to follow the rules and principles of transparency and fairness.

This letter should be regarded as formal complaint on the process for selecting the organizer for the World Championship Match 2013.


Jøran Aulin-Jansson


Norway Chess federation

Tlf. + 47 91 33 22 42



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  • 4 jaar geleden


    Shouldn't paris spend their money on something more important than a board game? Few years back there were roits by black community in France. (Before london riots) Because black community is not being provided for. Paris should address such issues than to engage in futile bidding war with Chennai.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Magnus already is a millionaire. :)

  • 4 jaar geleden


    @ _valentin_ 

    Now I see why. Good point.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    india can generate huge amount of money 4chess then any other  in cricket ....india generates 80% of the total money  while the whole world generates 20%....ipl ( richest sport on earth) is in india...if magnus gets famous in indian crowd he is gonna be a millionare

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Since this is supposed to be a bidding process, "money talks". Chennai may be a wonderful place, but what local (or other) government would feel it justified to enter into a bidding war with France of Norway? If you have a corporate entity (say, Tata Steel or ArcelorMittal) as a sponsor that is different.

  • 4 jaar geleden



    "Asian shambles", seriously? That seems to reflect a very snobbish attitude (pardon me if I am wrong). As far as I can tell India is a developing country and boasts of significant tourism revenue. Why would people visit India if it was such a terrible place? And more importantly, shutting your eyes does not solve the problem! Asia houses the largest proportion of the population on earth, hence Asia should by far be the most important place to focus on. But none of this has anything to do with chess. Please let us avoid getting into mud slinging and instead focus on the chess. 

  • 4 jaar geleden


    It is a question of prestige. If the WC match is to be held in the Asian shambles in which the conditions cannot be very comfortable for the contenders, this does not speak well about the prestige of chess in the world. Or let the organisers do everything possible to change that, although it is hardly possible to do.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I can understand Carlsen not wanting to play in Anand's backyard...Frown

  • 4 jaar geleden


    IPL is the richest sport of the world which is done only in India

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I think Chennai would be an excellent venue, but at the same time Carlsen's team would earn much more money if there was a bidding process than if the match was given away "on the cheap" for Anand-Gelfand price, and they could also get a venue that was more familiar to them.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    "Many are supporting neutral venue that's good but why they didn't comment about the previous world championship especially match against Topalov."

    There was a bidding process, Bulgaria won it, Anand had nothing against playing there, everything went according to the rules.

    "Now France is ready to sponsor why they didn't came to sponsor last world championship, why they have not show the interest at least before the candidate match. If they request for normoal bidding process."

    Are they not allowed to be more interested in sponsoring Anand-Carlsen than Anand-Gelfand? And why should they sponsor a match without even knowing who will play? A normal bidding process could of course only start after the Candidates.

    "If India didn't get chance this time, India may sue FIDE for the loss of hosting the match, Since already FIDE signed here."

    They said there were several possible venues, that they would make a decision in May etc, so the Memorandum means little contract wise.

    "I think Norway supporters are unnecessarily creating confusion."


    "If so called Carlsen is so strong ask him to face a Tiger in his own den."


  • 4 jaar geleden


    match should be in chennai!!!!!!

  • 4 jaar geleden



    I think th match should be amid the squalor Asian shambles, and Paulzz should clean around before the match for humanity, one heart, ONE DIRECTION, one place. I root for Carlsen but can't stand racist mind more well more boys...

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Venue should be Norway else Paris...

    Because I don't want People to complain later about why Carlsen lost!

    I am big fan of Carlsen but for sake of fairness/humanity, Anand deserves to win as he is still ok to fight it out anywhere like past and without any advantage!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    @suzana69.Seems u play chess on streets.lolTongue Out

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I knew my time machine would work eventually, haha, I'm back in 1972 again! This is awesome!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    fabelhalf: "Maybe it would have been better for him [Anand] to complain a little now and then."

    He (Anand) wouldn't have been himself then.
    Anand comes from a culture and philosophy that is millennia old.  Not one that complains, but one that seeks a balance as a matter of principle.  Modern Western culture is rather different -- seeking advantages, retributions, etc.  
    In all these decisions through time that you cite Anand clearly represented his roots faithfully and consistently indeed.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    It's interesting that no one on this forum mentioned the history of this decision:

    FIDE had an understanding with Chennai back in 2012 when Moscow won their bid for the Anand-Gelfand match, and when Chennai lost the bid.  FIDE then promptly announced that they're giving the 2012 venue to Moscow with the understanding that Chennai will have first option for the next match, if Chennai still desire so.  They do, and so they get it.  This makes sense.  It's an agreement and a promise given that was long known.  It's also an attempt to popularize chess into new areas on the globe (Asia and India, in particular) -- one of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's top priorities, in his own words.

    So I don't expect the decision to change.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    "He had no complaints against playing five World Championships in six years either."

    @fabelhaft: More World Championship Matches equals more money for Anand. He certainly won't complain about that.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Hi Guys, listen norway chess federation knows carlsen is world no 1 and so they know very much he has better chance to beat anand///// but (india)  chennai will be big advantage for anand . so they want to destroy this.

    Actually, norway chess federation, trying very hard to sponsor or bid for wc match. Finally  they got paris!!!!!!!!!! Russian conspiracy for candidates//// Now paris conspiracy for world champion match//// great news......



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