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Thursday, February 3, 2011

London withdraws its 2012 World Chess Championship bid

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Hello everyone,

Here is a press release just updated on

3rd February 2011


Re: FIDE World Chess Championship London 2012

Chess Promotions Ltd has been in discussions with FIDE since February 2010 regarding the staging of the WCC in London. A € 50,000 deposit was paid to FIDE to secure an option on the WCC 2012 match as negotiations commenced and finance was sought.
Having secured the necessary funds, on July 21st 2010, CPL sent FIDE a formal offer and a detailed commercial contract to stage the next WCC match in London with financial terms similar to the 2010 WCC match at Sofia.
Unfortunately agreement could not be reached in the autumn. Following more discussions in London in January, CPL asked FIDE to accept the offer by Saturday 29th January 2011. No such acceptance was forthcoming. Therefore, with regret, CPL has withdrawn its offer in time for the next Executive Board meeting which starts today in Turkey in order to give the EB clarity and the opportunity to consider alternatives. The timeline to stage a WCC match before the Olympic Games in May 2012 is now too short.
CPL will continue to stage top class events in London. Dates for the 3rd London Chess Classic will be announced shortly. We have registered our interest with FIDE in staging events such as the World Rapid Championship and World Blitz Championship in London and will continue to work on bringing commercial sponsorship to chess in order to benefit our associated charity Chess in Schools and Communities.

Malcolm Pein
CEO Chess Promotions Ltd.

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  • At February 3, 2011 at 11:36 AM , Anonymous saira fernandes, madrid said...

    If you're not playing in London or Carlsen is not playing or Kasparov is not playing then I am not bothered. Thank you.

  • At February 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM , Anonymous Olga K. Moscow said...

    gooooooooooooooo girl go in Moscow. GO. Looking forward to you winning the tournament in Moscow. I agree with @saira.


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