If Sofia bid to host the world chess championship match between Veselin Topalov and V. Anand with a prize fund of three million euro wins, the venue will probably be the National Palace of Culture. Unlike the match of Veselin against Gata Kamsky, which took place in Hall 6, this time the organization committee will use another hall that has no access to sunlight.
“The Bulgarian Chess Federation submitted the documents for the organization of the match to the Council of Ministers under the previous government, but now we will submit them again, as the previous documents were dated end-May,” said Stefan Sergiev, President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation.
Mr. Sergiev and Topalov’s manager, Silvio Danailov, are to be received by PM Boyko borissov by the end of next month.
If the government gives us a go, we will have to submit an application to FIDE by the end of September, including bank warranties and guarantees for the security of the players. The final decision will be announced during the 80th FIDE Congress in Kallithea, Halkidiki, Greece.
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