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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Breaking chess news: Will India host World Chess Championship 2012 in South Indian city of Chennai? (Updated)

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India to host the Viswanathan Anand-Boris Gelfand World Chess Championship 2012- we're not very sure. According to Indian news reports, the chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu in India has accepted a proposal to host the World Chess Championship in the city of Chennai.

News reports said World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Illyumzhinov met with Indian government officials and India made a bid for the World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand for year 2012.
The news is all over the Indian media - in leading print and electronic media. Meanwhile, we do have a Russian bid by Andrei Filatov, according to Update July 13, 2013 - You can read a full report at

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  • At July 13, 2011 at 5:49 AM , Blogger Chess Blog Admin said...

    We await confirmation from Fide and other sources.

  • At July 13, 2011 at 6:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    $200 million.. you sure about that?

  • At July 13, 2011 at 6:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I believe USD 4.5 million is more realistic, noone cared to convert rupie to dollar.

  • At July 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    Apparently Rs 1 crore = 10 million $

    From Indian newssite DNA

    Chennai to host World Chess Championship title
    Published: Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011, 14:38 IST
    Place: Chennai | Agency: PTI

    Holder Viswanathan Anand will clash with Boris Gelfand of Israel for the 2012 World Chess Championship title, which will be held in India for the first time.

    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has accepted a proposal to conduct the event either in April or May next year during a meeting with World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Illyumzhinov, in Chennai today.

    This is the first time that India would be hosting the prestigious tournament, which would be held at a cost of around Rs20 crore, a state government release said.
    During the meeting, Illyumzhinov mooted the proposal to conduct the games in Chennai to which the Jayalalithaa agreed, the release added.

  • At July 13, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    No, you'r wrong.

    Rs 1 crore = 10.000.000 rupie
    Rs 20 crore = 200.000.000 rupie = around USD 4.5 Million

  • At July 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Sorry I am a Carlsen fan so I suggest a three-player world championship clash. Heh Heh. Logistics... ah well. dreams are dreams.

  • At July 13, 2011 at 11:05 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    I don't care where it's held as long as it's held and we have great chess - the latter is sure considering the stature of both Anand and Gelfand. I look forward to the event.

  • At July 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Chess Blog Admin said...

    Anand excited about playing in front of home crowd

    Chennai, July 13 (IANS) Viswanathan Anand is obviously excited at the prospects of playing a World Championship title match in his home town here next year when he faces challenger Boris Gelfand, Grandmaster from Israel who is currently 12 in World rankings.

    ‘I have been looking to play the match in Chennai. It is nice that Chennai is hosting a World Championship match,’ said Grandmaster Anand Wednesday after Tamil Nadu government offered support for the 12-match series in April-May next year.

    ‘Obviously, it is an individual’s responsibility and once I start planning and training, I need to be focused to play Boris Gelfand,’ said Anand, who last played a World Championship match here in 1991 when he defeated Alexey Dreev 5-4 in a Candidates tournament quarter-final.

    Anand, who beat Vaselin Topalov of Bulgaria in 2010 to claim the World title, said he would soon begin his preparations for the next year’s match.

    ‘Once the FIDE (World Chess Federation) announces the schedule and timing of matches, I will start planning. As I said, I am really thrilled to be playing in Chennai. I will have to work extremely hard. It is going to be tough,’ he said.

    Earlier in the day, FIDE president Kirsan Illyumzhinov along with some Indian chess officials met Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who assured the delegation of Tamil Nadu government support in hosting the event that is estimated to cost Rs 20 Crores.

    ‘I express my grateful feelings to Madam Chief Minister for her decision to have the match in Chennai. I look forward eagerly to play here. It will be a fantastic experience. It is a very tough match,’ said Anand.

    A FIDE press release said: ‘Her Excellency Jayalalithaa responded affirmatively and considered the offer (of hosting the title match) of the World Chess Federation as an excellent opportunity to put Chennai at the centre of world attention. She subsequently instructed her Chief Secretary to finalise the offer to FIDE and the AICF (All-India Chess Federation).


  • At July 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM , Anonymous Chess Monk, Earth said...

    It will be held in Antarctica.

  • At July 13, 2011 at 3:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Maybe Israel


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