Reports | January 29, 2007 14:54

[lang_nl]FIDE weigert bod Topalov/Danailov[/lang_nl][lang_en]FIDE rejects bid Topalov/Danailov[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]FIDE heeft het bod gedaan door Topalov/Danailov om een rematch Kramnik-Topalov te organiseren, geweigerd. De bond zegt dat er niks mis is met de bankgarantie van 2 miljoen dollar, waarvoor de Bulgaren vorige week van bank moesten veranderen om FIDE te plezieren, maar dat er simpelweg te weinig tijd is.[/lang_nl][lang_en]FIDE has rejected the bid done by Topalov/Danailov to organize a rematch Kramnik-Topalov. The federation states that there's nothing wrong with the 2 million dollar bank guarantee, for which the Bulgarians had to change banks last week to please FIDE, but that there's simply no time.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Persbericht

The FIDE Presidential Board, meeting 27-28 January 2007 in Antalya, Turkey, issued the following statement:

FIDE received a bank guarantee dated January 19th 2007, on behalf of GM Veselin Topalov for a challenge match against the World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik. Whilst the guarantee meets the conditions of the Handbook as per regulation, FIDE has reviewed the possibility of organizing this match as granted by the aforesaid regulation.

In order to organize this match within regulation, and the fact that a challenge match must be concluded no later than six months before the start of the next World Championship Tournament in Mexico City 12th September, this year, the match would have to start no later than 23rd February 2007.

The challenger additionally would need to deposit the required sum of money involved, into the FIDE bank account within 45 days before the commencement of the match in accordance with the regulations which has already passed.

A match for the World Chess Champion title is one of the most prestigious events in the FIDE calendar, and needs careful preparations from everybody involved. In the current situation there will not be sufficient time for proper inspections and negotiations with both players and the organizers. The players will not have enough time to prepare and can only play after having cancelled other contractual obligations.

Even though it might be possible from a pure technical point of view to stage a match before this date, FIDE cannot accept a match to take place under these circumstances.

However, notwithstanding the six month provision in the regulations, if both players can agree to a mutually acceptable date and conditions, then FIDE will assist in the organization of this match.

FIDE Public Relations Director Dr. Peter Rajcsanyi
FIDE Legal Director Morten Sand

[/lang_nl][lang_en]Press release

The FIDE Presidential Board, meeting 27-28 January 2007 in Antalya, Turkey, issued the following statement:

FIDE received a bank guarantee dated January 19th 2007, on behalf of GM Veselin Topalov for a challenge match against the World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik. Whilst the guarantee meets the conditions of the Handbook as per regulation, FIDE has reviewed the possibility of organizing this match as granted by the aforesaid regulation.

In order to organize this match within regulation, and the fact that a challenge match must be concluded no later than six months before the start of the next World Championship Tournament in Mexico City 12th September, this year, the match would have to start no later than 23rd February 2007.

The challenger additionally would need to deposit the required sum of money involved, into the FIDE bank account within 45 days before the commencement of the match in accordance with the regulations which has already passed.

A match for the World Chess Champion title is one of the most prestigious events in the FIDE calendar, and needs careful preparations from everybody involved. In the current situation there will not be sufficient time for proper inspections and negotiations with both players and the organizers. The players will not have enough time to prepare and can only play after having cancelled other contractual obligations.

Even though it might be possible from a pure technical point of view to stage a match before this date, FIDE cannot accept a match to take place under these circumstances.

However, notwithstanding the six month provision in the regulations, if both players can agree to a mutually acceptable date and conditions, then FIDE will assist in the organization of this match.

FIDE Public Relations Director Dr. Peter Rajcsanyi
FIDE Legal Director Morten Sand

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Mc's picture

It is obvious that FIDE is trying to keep the title in Russia by any means necessary. Kramnik is a good player, but that's not the way the chess should be played. It's gentlemans game, not for cowards.

Vasko's picture

Silvio Danailov will probably try to lead the whole story to the court.

http://www.veselintopalov.net/article/the-sports-court-in-lausanne-will-...

Petr's picture

It looks like an intention from FIDE. They arguments are probably with their laws and regulations, but they had to say it a few weeks before when Danailov asked for the match for the first time...

Dimitur Kirov's picture

I predict that Danailov's claim will be based upon the refusal of the first back guarantee on 15th of December. FIDE is not in authority to suggest list of valid banks. This is against business concurrency rules and even the bank itself can claim for missed profit. Don't know what will be the final decision, but eventually it is all bad for chess.

Xmas's picture

A bank guarantee is a two way thing... UBS accepts to pay FIDE whatever the Bulgarian bank does. If UBS does not trust that bank, it won't enter into such an agreement. Only logical.

Alberto's picture

D Bank is one of the biggest banks in Bulgaria...
You know what they say....
If it looks like bullshit, smell like bullshit.. it?Ǭ¥s probably bullshit

TrapArecev's picture

There simply is no need for a WC-match twice a year, or more, and even FIDE realizes this.

branche's picture

they really like bad publicity !!! topalov methods are disgusting ... no manners, no control, no nothing ... mister toiletgate can't be considered a champion ... and never will ...

stanislav's picture

Fuck this bullshit. Who cares who is the champion. More important is who is the best player.

Chris's picture

Nagyon jo munka, Rajcsanyi pajti! Csak nem mondja azt, hogy mennyit kapta erre a hulyesegre. Tudom, hogy ez nagyon faj, hogy a Leko pasas nem csinalhat semmit, mert egyszeruen neki nincs eleg messztersege...Latszik is, hogy nagyon felelmetes ez a Topalov...nagy kacagas, Rajcsanyi pajti, csak tessek ne szegyellen magat!

BrianWall's picture

Topalov's behavior is so repulsive that even a million dollars doesn't tempt Kramnk.

James's picture

Branche, would you consider shutting your trap? What is disgusting is that the Russians and their ex-proteges cannot swallow the fact that someone else can better them off at chess...for quite a long time. What is disgusting is that the current champion is an arrogant critter, who by no means creates a positive image for chess.

James's picture

The same applies to you, Brian Wall--I see nothing repulsive in the fact that the highest ranked player in the world wants a rematch for the world title. What I find disgusting and repulsive are the tittle-tattle games of FIDE to retain a Russian on top, even if this Russian is quite a setback for the image of the federation, even if they have to shame themselves by finding ridiculous reasons to postpone the game.

James's picture

But of course, let (W)ladimir (C)ramnik enjoy his preposterous status of a world champion until September. He won't even finish in the top three then. The tournament there will be substantially stronger than the Corus one, and, as usual, he will be drawing, while others will be winning.

Centercounter's picture

The timing was poor for FIDE's rejection. Certainly, this was the reason that should have been given to the first bank guarantee, rather than let Danailov scramble for a second one. Really, (1) it is not reasonable to meet the schedule requirements and would not have been so at the time of the first guarantee, and (2) chess doesn't need the kind of publicity the last match brought, and (3) Veselin/Silvio, wait in line and challenge the winner of Mexico. You have no special rights of challenge above any other 2700+.

Vasko's picture

Chess for the Russians is like soccer for the Brazilians. They would do EVERYTHING just to have the world chess champion title in a Russian. FIDE's president is from an ex-soviet country and it is normal for him to be a little biased and on the side of Kramnik.

Kramnik23Topalov13TheReality's picture

stanislav are you danailov or topalov? your character seems like them!

Kramnik23Topalov13TheReality's picture

the best player is Kramnik because he is over 10 full point difference against that topaLOW !!

Kramnik23Topalov13TheReality's picture

james you are funny muhahahahahahahah

Vasko's picture

What is that "10 full point difference" ?

wensleydale's picture

(sigh) The rejection of the bank guarantee did not come from FIDE.

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=3612

Scroll to the bottom.

mdamien's picture

The world champion is the best player by virtue of the only controlled method for comparing two player's strengths: a chess match between them.

Tournament victories and rating points reflect a player's strength in relation to the rest of the field, but that field should not be able to exert influence in the comparison between champion and challenger. Consider in this recent tournament how easy it would have been for Tiviakov and Motylev (who started poorly with a loss in the first two rounds), not to mention Svidler, to throw their games to Kramnik and thereby present him with a first place position in the tournament. Even without such intentional influence, tournaments (and ratings) award riskier play in general, which also sullies the comparison of the top players.

The only counter-argument is the proposal that the best player is the one who most dominates the field, even where that player would falter in a head-to-head contest against a top rival. It's the spectator's view that three wins and two losses is better than a win and three draws.

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