Sochi to host Carlsen-Anand WCC !
No doubt waiting until it has become clear beyond doubt that Ilyumzhinov will win the upcoming FIDE election in Norway in August, today FIDE announced that Sochi will host the world chess championship (wcc) between November 7th and November 28. The projected prizefund is not yet decided, but the overall budget of the event is approximately $3,000,000.
No mention of direct sponsor participation, however. At least, not yet. In any case, this is good news for the world chess community as much speculation has been generated about the falling prestige of our noble game. The WCC is the face of FIDE and the standard bearer of the long tradition of linking the past champions with today’s champion.
The choice of Sochi not without controversy, however, as the current anti-Russian climate fueled by the face-off between American and Russian interests in the Ukraine leaves open the possibility that further sanctions against Russia could spill over into the sports world.
The president of the Norwegian Chess Federation, Joran Aulin-Jansson, reacted very cautiously to the FIDE announcement today. Russia-News wrote:
“I am not sure about that,” vg.no quotes the president. “As I know the negotiations with the players are still on.” Aulin-Jansson reminded of the sanctions European Union applied against Russia and noted that Carlsen may not be able to visit Russia due to political reasons. “We are still unaware of how the situation with Ukraine turns, but it’s clear that if EU applies sanctions, the players and the federations of EU should follow them.”