FIDE terminates negotiations with Dubai

12/7/2004 – As we reported recently, FIDE was preparing to cancel its plans to hold the reunification match between Garry Kasparov and Rustam Kasimdzhinov, scheduled for January 14, 2005, in Dubai, UAE, and to make arrangements to stage it in Turkey instead. Now FIDE confirms that negotiations with Dubai have indeed been terminated.

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PRESS RELEASE – 7 Dec 2004

World Chess Championship match 2005
FIDE terminates negotiations with candidate Dubai organiser of the Kasimdzhanov-Kasparov match

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) announces the termination of negotiations with the candidate organiser of the World Chess Championship match Kasimdzhanov-Kasparov, originally sheduled for January 2005 in Dubai. The organiser from Dubai did not supply FIDE with the required financial guarantees within the deadline set by the FIDE President.

FIDE would like to express its gratitude to the Crown Prince of Dubai & UAE Defence Minister, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktum, for his willingness to patronage this great event and also the UAE Chess Federation and the Dubai Chess Club for their support during our negotiations with the candidate organiser. The Kasimdzhanov-Kasparov match is now scheduled to be organised in spring 2005 and FIDE has already entered discussions with other candidate organisers and sponsors. Further information on the progress of these discussions will be officially announced until the end of this year.


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