'FIDE's invitation to all parties is still open'

11/22/2005 – The dispute between the Kramnik camp, which invited world champion Veselin Topalov to a million-dollar match, and the Topalov/FIDE side, which apparently turned it down, continues, but with conciliatory tones. Georgios Makropoulos, Deputy President of FIDE, is inviting all parties to a meeting to clarify the situation. Reunification in the air?

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Dear ChessBase,

From Mr Hensel's statement of 18 November, it is obvious that the organizers of the match Topalov-Kramnik tried to reach an agreement with the players, which would not include FIDE from the beginning, aiming afterwards to force FIDE in accepting the terms of this agreement.

Such a practice is against any deontology if someone is really interested to organize a World Championship match within FIDE.

We wish to point out that all the announcements concerning who agrees with this match, who offered or not to hold a meeting and who rejected all the proposals could have been avoided if FIDE was invited and took part in the relevant negotiations.

Finally, and in order to clarify the situation, FIDE's invitation for a meeting of all the parties involved is still open and valid.

Best regards,
Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President

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