World Chess Championship 2013 (Chennai)
FIDE confirm Chennai as the venue for Anand-Carlsen
Mark Crowther - Sunday 5th May 2013
The Indian Chess Federation have announced via a press release and accompanying photo that they have signed a deals with FIDE confirming an agreement making Chennai the venue for the Anand-Carlsen match. They say: "FIDE Presidential Board which is in progress at Baku, Azerbaijan today confirmed Chennai as the venue for the World Chess Championship match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen from 06-26 November 2013. The agreement was signed today at Baku by Bharat Singh, Hony Secretary All India Chess Federation and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov."
A few days before the Norwegian Chess Federation on behalf of Carlsen tried to put a stop to this process and get a bidding process for the match which they believe is in the regulations. It remains to be seen if they feel they have grounds to challenge this decision legally. However Carlsen's manager Espen Agdestein's first responses suggest that they think it is too late to challenge and they will just accept the venue: http://www.vg.no/sport/artikkel.php?artid=10116148. Some brief Agdestein comments quoted by Tarjei Svensen ""No reason to suspect that Chennai will do a bad job with organizing the match." "We will use time to think about it. The process has been unfortunate. FIDE should follow own regulations" "Surprised and disappointed. Not much we can do about it".
Shri.Bharat Singh Hony Secretary All India Chess Federation and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov signing the contract in presence of Shri. DV Sundar, Vice President FIDE and Shri. RM Dongre, Treasurer Photo © All India Chess Federation. | http://www.theweekinchess.com