It’s time to think
By Vijay Tagore, Mumbai Mirror | Aug 31, 2014, 01.13 AM IST

After making noises over strict adherence to deadlines, Fide accedes to Carlsen’s request for extra time.

Magnus Carlsen seems to be having his way vis-a-vis the world championship match versus Viswanathan Anand. The World Chess Federation (Fide), after making noises over strict to adherence to deadlines, has reportedly acceded to Carlsen’s request for extra time to sign the participation contract.

The deadline to sign on the dotted lines was Sunday but the world champion now has time up to September 7 to give his nod or otherwise. Carlsen is currently playing a tournament in the US that will run up to September 7 and his manager claimed that the Norwegian would need time till the end of the tournament to decide on his participation.

Carlsen initially refused to sign the contract raising objections over prize money for the match and also found issues with Sochi, Russia, as its venue. The prize money has been slashed by a million doallars (as compared to the fund earmarked during the Chennai match last year).

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) said it is ignorant of any such news and maintained that protocols do not bind Fide to keep them informed as long as Anand is posted of the developments.

“We understand that the deadline has been extended but we don’t have any official confirmation. Fide communicates directly with Anand and that has been followed practice,” AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said.

The Anand camp refused to be dragged into the controversy and in stead decided to wait for the official announcement. “Anand has not become a five-time world champion by bothering about such skirmishes. He knows that one becomes the world champion by winning across the board,” Aruna, Anand’s wife, said. “We’re not going to be worried about social media reports.”

Emil Sutovsky, president of Association of Chess Professional, claimed, through his Facebook and Twitter accounts, that Fide has extended the deadline. “Yours truly just had a very constructive and fruitful conversation with FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. After hearing all the arguments, FIDE president has accepted my proposal to approve Carlsen’s request, and agreed to extend the deadline for signing the contract till September 7,” Sutovsky posted on his social media accounts.

If Carlsen were not to sign the contract, Fide said it will substitute him with Russian Sregey Karjakin, who had finished second in last year’s Candidates tournament which Anand had won.


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