Reports | June 02, 2008 0:25

[lang_nl]FIDE: toch Lviv (UPDATE)[/lang_nl][lang_en]FIDE: Lviv it will be (UPDATE)[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Afgelopen vrijdag was het geld van Chernenko er nog niet, dit weekend zou erover gesproken worden op de Presidential Board meeting en wat blijkt nu? Ilyumzhinov trekt zelf weer de portemonnee om de Kamsky-Topalov-match te garanderen.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Last Friday the money wasn't there yet, and the issue would be discussed during the Presidential Board meeting this weekend. As it turns out, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is offering his own wallet once and again, to guarantee the Kamsky-Topalov prize fund.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Hoe klein en kneuterig is de schaakwereld toch soms. Zojuist ontvingen we een persbericht vanuit Athene (office@fide.com), en aangezien niet van een BCC-lijst gebruik werd gemaakt, was te zien dat dezelfde e-mail ook aan bijvoorbeeld Silvio Danailov en Gata Kamsky zelf werd gestuurd. Nou, in ieder geval kunnen we er met een gerust hart van uitgaan dat de hoofdrolspelers in deze soap ook op de hoogte van het volgende:

Athens, 1 June 2008

President guarantees Topalov ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Kamsky match

President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has announced that the World Championship Challenger Match between Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Gata Kamsky (USA) will take place in Lvov, Ukraine in November 2008.

The organiser offered a prize fund of 750,000 USD and to hold the match on the ?¢‚Ǩ?ìneutral?¢‚Ǩ? territory of Ukraine, as the players wanted to avoid Bulgaria or the USA. President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov guarantees the organiser's offer by backing the event from his personal finances.

FIDE Presidential Board acknowledged the offer as well as the guarantee and assigned Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos to conclude the final contracts and to check the availability of the finances. The Match will be held in dates between November 26th and December 14th 2008.

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Released by FIDE, 1 June 2008

Het bod van Chernenko wordt niet direct genoemd en in plaats daarvan wordt gesproken van "the organizer". Bovendien staat Kirsan Ilyumzhinov nu zelf garant voor het prijzenfonds. Het geld staat immers nog altijd niet op de FIDE-bankrekening en de president besloot blijkbaar dat er dit weekend maar eens een knoop moest worden doorgehakt.

Met het voortdurend verschuiven van deadlines had de FIDE er weer eens een potje van gemaakt, maar begrijpelijk was het wel: Chernenko's bod bevatte een veel grotere prijzenpot dan die van de Bulgaren, en op een verschil van zeshonderdduizend wil je nog wel even wat langer wachten natuurlijk.

Als we het intrigerende stukje "to check the availability of the finances" even laten voor wat het is, dan is de 'oplossing' waar Iluymzhinov vandaag mee komt er eentje die we vaker hebben gezien, en waar we gemengde gevoelens over hebben. Enerzijds is er niks mis mee dat de match nu op neutraal terrein gespeeld gaat worden met een heel behoorlijk prijzenfonds. Anderzijds hebben we te maken met het zoveelste topevenement dat niet op een normale wijze gesponsord wordt, iets waar de schaakwereld al zo lang naar snakt.


Update 3 juni:

Na zijn eerste persbericht publiceerde Alexei Shirov ook nog een tweede persbericht waarin hij reageert op Bella Kamskaya en op FIDE's persbericht.

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[/lang_nl][lang_en]It's a small and simple chess world sometimes. We've just received a press release from Athens (office@fide.com), and since a BCC list wasn't used, one was able to see that the same e-mail was also sent to e.g. Silvio Danailov and Gata Kamsky. Well, at least we don't have to worry whether the main characters in this ongoing soap opera have already heard of the following:

Athens, 1 June 2008

President guarantees Topalov ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Kamsky match

President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has announced that the World Championship Challenger Match between Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Gata Kamsky (USA) will take place in Lvov, Ukraine in November 2008.

The organiser offered a prize fund of 750,000 USD and to hold the match on the ?¢‚Ǩ?ìneutral?¢‚Ǩ? territory of Ukraine, as the players wanted to avoid Bulgaria or the USA. President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov guarantees the organiser's offer by backing the event from his personal finances.

FIDE Presidential Board acknowledged the offer as well as the guarantee and assigned Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos to conclude the final contracts and to check the availability of the finances. The Match will be held in dates between November 26th and December 14th 2008.

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Released by FIDE, 1 June 2008

Chernenko's bid is not mentioned and instead we read about "the organizer". Furthermore, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov now personally guarantees the prize fund. The money is still not there and the President apparently decided that this weekend a decision had to be made.

By continuously postponing the deadline, FIDE got themselves into a big mess again, but it was understandable: Chernenko's bid contained a much higher prize fund than the one from the Bulgarians and who wouldn't want to wait a bit longer for six hundred thousand more?

Forgetting about the intriguing line "to check the availability of the finances" for now, Iluymzhinov's "solution" of today is one we've seen before and one that generates mixed feelings. On the one hand it's good thing the match will be played in a neutral country and with a decent prize fund, but on the other hand, again we will witness a top chess event without a normal sponsoring structure - something the chess world could really use by now.


Update June 3:

After his first press release Alexei Shirov has now published a second press release as well, commenting on Bella Kamskaya and on FIDE's press release.

Relevant posts:

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Comments

Jan's picture

Well, looking forward to this match. Kamsky and Topalov seem to be equally strong.

pete's picture

I wouldn't bet on that, Kamsy's potential is really big. I am sure the match will not be easy for neither of the two players

pete's picture

A chance for Kamsky to improve his record aginst Toppa. According to chessgames.com they played 8 games so far - 4 wins for Toppa and 4 daws.

Euwe's picture

Have they sent a CC to Shirov as well? ;-)

Zenman's picture

Enfin !!

SEO Company's picture

If this ever happens Topalov will win this with 2 points to spare in my opinion. I feel like it is a missmatch.

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