Sofia bids to host Topalov-Anand chess crown match in April 2010
Fri, Sep 25 2009 11:50 CET
by Petar Kostadinov

Bulgaria has officially applied to host the 2010 match for the world chess crown between Bulgarian grandmaster Vesselin Topalov and world champion Viswanathan Anand, Bulgarian news agency Focus said on September 25 2009.

Bulgaria’s bid is to host the FIDE World Championship Match 2010 on April 5-24 next year in Sofia. The deadline for submitting bids for the match before the World Chess Federation (FIDE) expires on September 30 2009.

On October 1, FIDE will open all bids and is expected to pick the location by October 9 at the latest. So far, Turkey and Singapore have also filed bids, Focus said.

Each bid is required to detail the proposed exact dates of the event in April 2010, the proposed tournament venue, the proposed prize fund for the players (a minimum of one million euro after taxes), the proposed official hotel (must be four-star or higher) and commitment to cover all organisational costs.

When Bulgaria first announced its intention to bid, on September 3 2009, media reports said Chechen capital Grozny, Dubai and Delhi were in the running as well.

On Bulgaria’s side, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has promissed the Government’s support for organising the match and was even made chairperson of the organisational committee.

Topalov and Anand will play 12 matches for the title. In case of a draw the winner will be decided in a tie-break of four rapid games.


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