World Championship “Postponed” ?




FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that he received a request from Magnus Carlsento postpone the world championship match with Viswanathan Anand in November. The request was denied.

I received a letter from the manager of Carlsen, asking if it is possible to postpone the match. I want to emphasize that the issue raised is not about the venue, but simply to postpone the date, so I don’t believe this issue is a political one. However, FIDE has already made an official response that the transfer is not possible, because this match has been part of the official calendar since last year, and a postponement can lead to problems with the running calendar.”

Ilyumzhinov said that if Carlsen doesn’t play the match, he will be forfeited. If that should happen (this author strongly doubts it) then Anand might play Sergey Karjakin, who finished second behind him at the 2014 Candidates tournament. A personal note here. IF that should happen, then I predict the chess world will again be put into a tail spin akin to what happened when Kasparov and Short split from FIDE with their own “organization” and FIDE had “their” own World Championship – which while entertaining, had the acceptance and credibility of near zero.

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