World Championship Anand-Topalov in Sofia
A guarantee was presented as a letter by the Bulgarian Prime Minister. In the
letter to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov the Prime Minister stated that for
technical reasons no formal bank guarantee could be provided, but that the Bulgarian
government would guarantee the total costs of three million Euros (two million
prize fund, 20% FIDE fees and the rest for organisational costs). The letter
further stated that "neutrality would be guaranteed".
There were two other World Championship bids, from Turkey and Singapore, but
for lower sums. These bids were withdrawn when the details of the Bulgarian
bid had been presented. In the vote of the Congress the world championship was
awarded to Sofia, by unanimous decision.
The match is scheduled for April 5th to 24th 2010. April 5th is the birthday
of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. More details to follow.
Addendum: FIDE corrects our report: "Please note that the exact dates
in April 2010 will be set and announced by FIDE after consulting both players
and their schedules," writes George Mastrokoukos.
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