Tuesday, 12.10.2004, 17:00h MET: The news comes at a time when people were just beginning to give up any hope of the Prague reunification process coming to fruition. But now FIDE has announced a press conference for tomorrow, October 13, at 12 noon, at the Interfax News Agency Headquarters in Moscow. Although the FIDE web site only specifies that it is "regarding Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov World Championship Match" our contacts in Dubai say that the deal has been finalised. Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum is far too important a person for it not to be serious.
Currently the FIDE president himself is on his way from Dubai to Moscow. We will add details on the announcement as they become available.
Wednesday, 13.10.2004, 16:00h MET: FIDE has just announced the above in an official press release:
$1.2 Million for Kasparov – Kasimdzhanov
match in Dubai.
The World Championship Match between World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan and the world`s highest rated player, Garry Kasparov of Russia shall be held 7th to 24th January 2005 in Dubai. This was announced by FIDE President H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at a press conference on 13th October at the Interfax News Agency in Moscow.
The match will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with a prize fund of USD 1 200 000.
President Ilyumzhinov said that this is one of the steps of the Prague Agreement signed two years ago in the Czech Republic.
The winner of the Kasparov – Kazimdzhanov match will play against the winner of the Kramnik – Leko match.
The FIDE President assured the journalists that the match will take place and said that players have agreed the schedule. Kasimdzhanov proposed and Kasparov agreed to a rest day after three games. Players’ contracts with FIDE will be sighed in a few days.
The two players are doing their utmost to comply with FIDE regulations, Kirsan Ilyumdzhinov said. Players will be billeted at the plush 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel. Playing venue shall be announced later. Total organizational budget is $2.5 Million.
FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the press conference in Moscow (Photo: www.fide.com)
The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai
The Burj Al Arab is part of The Jumeirah Beach Resort, situated 17 km south of the city of Dubai. Soaring 321 metres, Burj Al Arab towers above the renowned Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi Water Park. This unique billowing sail-shaped building stands proudly on a man-made island some 280 metres offshore, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway.
Burj Al Arab comprises 202 deluxe suites: a highly personalized service for every traveler, enhanced by private reception desks on every floor, in-suite check-in and a brigade of exclusive butlers. All the suites are equipped with the latest technology, laptop computers and Internet access.
A Burg Al Arab suite – oooh, Garry and Rustam will like!