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    2018 World Championship in London?

    May 24, 2017

    From a report in TASS:

    Ilyumzhinov: London may hold the match for the title of world chess champion in 2018

    MOSCOW, May 24. / Corr. Tass Kartashov /. London may get the match for the title of world chess champion in 2018. The president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said this to TASS.

    In 2016, a match for the world championship was held in New York. In the struggle for the chess crown the current holder of the title of Magnus Carlsen in the tiebreaker was stronger than the Russian Sergey Karjakin.

    "I have just now arrived in England, where I met with businessmen, lawyers, who expressed a desire to hold the match for the world title in London, - Ilyumzhinov said -. So there is another contender."

    Earlier, Japan, South Korea and Singapore have declared their intention to hold the match.


    The 12-game match will be held under the auspices of FIDE and is planned to take place between November 7-28, 2018.

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    2018 World Championship in London?

    May 24, 2017

    From chessdom.com:

    Oslo, Stavanger interested in World Chess Championship 2018

    Dec 9, 2016

    The Norwegian Chess Federation and Oslo City Council have partnered in an attempt to bring the 2018 World Chess Championship match to the city, NRK reported.

    Ten days ago Magnus Carlsen retained the title in his third World Championship match. Now for the first time Norway is stepping in to be the host.

    Olso Mayor Marianne Borgen and Governing mayor Raymond Johansen have met with the General Secretary of the Norwegian Chess Federation Geir Nesheim to discuss the possibility of having Magnus Carlsen defending the title on the home soil.

    “We have seen that chess interest in Norway is huge. We believe that if the Championship comes here, the interest will only increase further”, Nesheim said.

    The Norwegian Chess Federation already received a grant of 500,000 NOK (approx 55,000 EUR) to prepare and file a bid to FIDE and AGON. The federation will continue working with the sponsors to secure the full budget of estimated 40 million NOK (4,5 million EUR).

    Stavanger, the “Norwegian Oil Capital” and host of the Norway Chess Tournament, has also expressed interest in applying for the match.

    Update: Nesheim added that two major cities in Asia are also considering to enter the bidding procedure for the World Championship 2018.



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      2018 World Championship in London?

      May 27, 2017

      World Chess, the Agon site, has an interesting survey today because it seems to reveal match sites being considered. It is conducted by Survey-Monkey


      1. Where should the 2018 Match take place?

      Berlin, Germany

      Oslo, Norway

      London, UK

      Barcelona, Spain

      Moscow, Russia

      Lyon, France

      Tokyo, Japan


      Other (please specify)

      2. Who, in your opinion, will face Magnus in 2018?

      Anish Giri

      Sergey Karjakin

      Fabiano Caruana

      Levon Aronian

      Wesley So

      Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

      Vladimir Kramnik

      Other (please specify)


      • #4
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        2018 World Championship in London?

        June 8, 2017

        Three interesting tweets today:

        Tarjel J. Svensen – Oslo out of the race to host Magnus Carlsen’s 2018 WC match

        - Agon also says that the decision on the venue for the 2018 WC match will be announced later in June

        Magnus Carlsen – I had absolutely hoped that Norway would host the match. Sad that it didn’t happen.


        • #5
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          2018 World Championship in London?

          June 11, 2017

          Peter Doggers on why Norway withdrew its offer:

          Agon's Ilya Merenzon: "We are very pleased with professionalism and motivation of the Norwegian Chess Federation to hold the Match in Oslo, but understand that the government support has not been committed on the level they hoped, and organizing a sporting event of this magnitude without strong governmental support is impossible, as we estimated the budget to exceed €4 million."

          Interestingly, neither side mentions why Oslo isn't providing the funds. An important reason was revealed by Norwegian newspaper VG two weeks ago: in order to consider state aid, the Norwegian government demands an open and transparent bidding process for selecting a host city. And there is no such thing, in chess.

          The World Chess Federation works with a bidding process for many of its international events, but does not require this for world championship matches. Of the last three title matches, Chennai (2013) and New York (2016), were awarded without bidding. The 2013 match was awarded to Chennai personally by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in spite of a higher bid from Paris.

          It is the word "transparency" that keeps on returning. Linda Hofstad Helleland, Norway's Minister of Culture, said she could not grant a request for 16 million kroner (€1.65 million/$1.88 million) because there is no open and transparent bidding process. For the same reason, Stavanger recently had to drop out as candidate host city for the 2017 World Rapid and Blitz Championship.

          Merenzon describes how Agon works: "We select the host country which we like best. The factors are money that the host country can provide itself, the environment for sponsors, media, etc."

          NRK then quotes Helleland: "He has a completely different understanding of transparency than we do. (...) It appears to be a closed process about who puts the most money on the table."



          • #6
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            2018 World Championship in London?

            October 10, 2017

            The 2018 World Cup will be played in London. Carlsen will defend his title in November against the winner of the Candidates Tournament in Berlin in March

            LEONTXO GARCÍA

            The Agon management company, whom FIDE gave the rights of the World Championship cycle for one euro, has at least one very positive side: its commitment to the venues are very important cities.

            In the previous cycle, the Candidates Tournament was in Moscow, and the World Cup final in New York. In this, the applicant will be known in Berlin, and will face a Carlsen in London in November 2018, as confirmed to this writer by two very close to the organization sources. Agon says the decision is not yet official, and there are other possible venues.

            The prize for the match Carlsen-Karjakin in New York, exceeded one million dollars. Presumably in London not be less, and organizational costs will be as substantial or more than in New York, as in the center of the British capital everything is very expensive.

            The Manhattan contest did not have a single American sponsor; the two most important were the Russian fertilizer company Phosagro, whose owner, Andrei Guriev, is very close to Vladímir Putin, and EG Capital International, whose market is mostly Russian. The Russian president said at least twice that chess-and more specifically the recovery of world title for country- should be a priority for Russian sport.

            For the Candidates Tournament for Berlin in March, Karjakin is already qualified (very popular in Russia despite losing to Carlsen in the tiebreaker 2016), Levón Aronián and Ding Liren. It is very likely that the two best classified by the average 2017 Elo points are Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So. The two most likely to achieve the appropriate places for the Grand Prix are Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shajriyar Mamediárov. And, considering the explanation in the preceding paragraph, it appears that the wild card will be for one of the other two Russians ringside, Vladímir Krámnik and Alexánder Grischuk, although this could happen through the Grand Prix, the last tournament of which is scheduled for Palma de Mallorca in November.

            Last edited by Wayne Komer; Tuesday, 10th October, 2017, 04:27 PM.


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              2018 World Championship in London?

              November 14, 2017

              This tweet from Lennart Ootes today:

              London officially named as host city for the 2018 World Championship Match?

              Eugene Kaspersky: ".. it’ll be a tense last spurt for the Grand Prix’s finishing line and the tickets to both, Berlin and then London!" (from AGON media alert)

              Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, commented: "I want to wish all the players competing in Palma de Mallorca the best of luck. It's been a pleasure to watch the progress of the Grand Prix Series so far, and now that the finale is near, it'll be a tense last spurt for the Grand Prix's finishing line and the tickets to both, Berlin and then London!"



              • #8
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                2018 World Championship in London?

                November 29, 2017

                From the official site:


                London Will Host FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018

                Nov 29, 2017

                FIDE and World Chess announce today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.

                Taking place from 9-28 November, the 12-game Match will see current World Chess Champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, defend his title against a challenger to be decided at the forthcoming FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament in March.
                The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans.

                The last World Championship match, held in New York, in 2016, enjoyed record-breaking coverage with the total audience for the whole event topping 1.5 billion people.

                Chess is enjoying increased popularity around the world and is the only game that is pre-downloaded on nearly every new smartphone. Hundreds of millions of games are played over the Internet every week, and more people play chess regularly than golf and tennis combined, according to YouGov.

                Chess’s celebrity fans include Jay Z, Jude Law, Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama.

                At 26, Magnus Carlsen has helped transform the profile of chess globally particularly since his crowning moment in the 2016 World Championship Match in New York. Chess is now the most popular computer game in the world, with a huge online audience in the hundreds of millions, that is growing exponentially. Recent developments with virtual reality have enabled chess to stay ahead of the curve and allow its audience to enjoy a rich experience via pay-per-view platforms, and smartphone apps.

                All eyes will be on the enigmatic Carlsen as he defends his title. A chess prodigy of exceptional talent, he became a grandmaster in 2004 at the age of just 13 years and 148 days – making him the third-youngest grandmaster in history. He is the highest-rated player in the world and in the history of chess, with a peak rating of 2881 in 2014, and is the subject of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary “Magnus”.

                Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President, says: “FIDE is very pleased to bring the Match to London. We know that this city loves chess, most major newspapers run regular chess columns, and we hope that the fans will love a chance to see the greatest minds in the world fight to the Championship title live.”

                Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the commercial rights holder to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle, says: “Chess is now one of the world’s most popular computer games, but it has long-standing traditions, and we believe that London is the perfect setting for the next Championship Match. We are transforming the sport and making it modern and hip, but mindful of millennia-old traditions – and we hope to conduct this transformation as gracefully, as London does.”

                “And, of course, no one is better to make the first move in the Royal Game as the member of the Royal Family

                (Congratulations, Prince Harry!),” – adds Merenzon.

                World Chess also announced today they are incredibly excited to welcome official partner PhosAgro, the leading chemical company, that has signed a long-term contract with World Chess.

                Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Member, said: “Long-term sponsorship of the World Chess championships, which we signed today, is part of PhosAgro’s established corporate responsibility programme, which supports education, science, medicine and sports. We already sponsored the 2014 World Chess Championship match in Sochi and the 2016 World Chess Championship match in New York and are committed to continue. We are delighted with the choice of the city: London is where tradition and modern technology meet, and this is exactly our vision for the future of chess. Can’t wait to the chess fever to commence in London!”

                Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Match: Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.

                Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “It makes me proud that, as a partner of FIDE and World Chess, we can support and promote the genius game of chess. It’s an amazing game, where creative thinking meets deep logic and analytical skill: just like in the world of cybersecurity! And that’s why we enjoy supporting the World Chess Championship, and why we’ll continue protecting FIDE, the players, and tournament’s infrastructure in the future.”

                Details of ticket pricing and booking will be made available soon, however chess fans can already book online-tickets and start receiving subscriber-only benefits today at www.london2018.worldchess.com. World Chess will provide a free live broadcast of the moves of the Match exclusively on www.worldchess.com and media partner sites. The premium online broadcast will cost $15 for the Match or $25 for the full year and will include multi-camera video feed, behind-the-scenes access, studio show with expert commentary and special guests, as well as other subscriber-only benefits, such as limited edition merchandise, possibility to ask grandmasters questions during press conferences and more. 10% of all digital tickets will go towards increasing the prize fund for the Match.

                The Championship Match will have a prize fund of EUR 1,000,000.

                Official hashtag: #LondonPlaysChess.


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                  2018 World Championship in London?

                  March 30, 2018

                  Recently, there has been a great deal of friction between the U.K. and Russia because of the poisoning of the ex-Russian spy in Salisbury.

                  Fabiano Caruana is now the official challenger of Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship in London.

                  This has led some to speculate that the match might be moved to the United States from London.

                  This from Leonard Barden in The Guardian:

                  "By winning this week's candidates tournament in Berlin, the 25-year-old American Fabiano Caruana has qualified for a 12-game world title series against Norway's Magnus Carlsen in November. It was going to be in London with a 1m euro prize fund, but now there are rumours of a much higher bid, a venue switch to St Louis and tricky negotiations.

                  Sinquefield is a long-time Fischer fan, who once met his idol on a plane trip, and a few years ago bought up Bobby's personal library. Four-time US champion Yasser Seirawan, a Sinquefield confidant, said that a St Louis bid would be "significantly higher" than the 1m euro in London, which may be in some doubt anyway, since it was raised from primarily Russian sponsors before the Berlin result was known.

                  For the embattled and financially stretched global chess body Fide, St Louis could prove a lifeline. Its president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has been sanctioned by the US Treasury for allegedly aiding the Syrian government, and Fide's Swiss bank will shortly close its account. A successful high-profile partnership with Sinquefield, who contributed to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could restore credibility for Fide in Washington. However, Fide's commercial partner Agon, based in Moscow but probably planning a move to London, holds the rights to the match and is sure to fight its corner."

                  For the whole article, please see:



                  • #10
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                    Sounds like another steaming pile of US animal droppings to me. But when did that stop them?

                    If Fabiano doesn't get the conditions he wants, let me got out on a limb right now and suggest that Henry Kissinger, if he's still alive at that point, will intervene.
                    Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.


                    • #11
                      2018 World Championship in London?

                      August 1, 2018

                      With 100 days to go to the World Championship Match, Ilya Merenzon, CEO of WorldChess announced today the venue in London.

                      He did it on Facebook but his announcement was positioned so that he was sideways! There will be all sorts of new technology employed in the Match broadcast but the announcement was made sideways!

                      An historic building in central London will host the World Chess Championship later this year, it has been announced.

                      The College is the former home of Central St Martins College in Holborn and will welcome thousands of fans to the match from 9 to 28 November.

                      The 10,000 sq ft space will host 400 people each day to see Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defend his world title against US challenger Fabiano Caruana.

                      Ticket prices range from £45 to £100 and go on sale on 3 August.



                      Earlier, Daniel King commentating at the Biel Tournament, said that they had heard a preliminary announcement of the venue via the BBC and reckoned they were talking of Victoria House in Holborn.

                      Jokingly, he had offered his home in London as the venue and WorldChess had actually thanked him and said that they would keep his offer in mind!