There is Firm Offer From Sochi for World Championship: Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand said the officials in the world body FIDE were trying to include chess in the Olympic Games but he did not know what the current status of this move was.

updated: August 09, 2014 17:45 IST
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Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen during a match
Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen during a match.


Mumbai: Amid apprehension that the World Chess Championship title contest between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and former winner Vishwanathan Anand could be postponed, the Indian ace is hoping the rematch would go ahead and be held in Sochi, Russia, in November.

"At the moment we have a firm offer from Sochi and this (former champion Gary Kasparov's comment) is probably just part of the last minute campaigning rather than anything else," Anand told PTI in an interview here on Saturday.

The five-time world champion was referring to the upcoming contest between Kasparov and incumbent president of world chess body, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, for gaining control of FIDE at its elections scheduled in Norway on August 11.

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