Breaking news: Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov in Turkey?

12/2/2004 – We are receiving word that FIDE will not hold the reunification match, scheduled for January 14, 2005, in Dubai after all. Instead efforts are under way to stage it in Turkey, as proposed on October 30, 2004 by the president of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici. FIDE press release...

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PRESS RELEASE – 2 Dec 2004

World Chess Championship match 2005
FIDE extends deadline for the Dubai organiser of the
Kasimdzhanov-Kasparov match until 5 December 2004

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) announces a new deadline of 5 December for the final response from the candidate Dubai organiser of the World Chess Championship match Kasimdzhanov-Kasparov, scheduled for January 2005 in Dubai. The extension is granted following the request of the organiser from Dubai, who failed to supply FIDE with the required financial guarantees within the deadline of 1 December 2004 set by the FIDE President.


FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov negotiating in Dubai

The representatives of the Dubai candidate are arriving at Moscow to hold a final round of the negotiations with the FIDE President on 4 December 2004, who shall announce the final decision on 5 December 2004 in respect of this event.


ChessBase Articles on the Dubai reunification match

Ilyumzhinov and the Chess City in Dubai
08.08.2004 Who can say he doesn't think big? FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has just unveiled a plan to build a new "chess city" in the Emirate of Dubai. It's a US $2.6 billion project that is expected to play host to (hold on to your hats) 60 million amateur and professional chess followers annually. You don't believe he can do it?

Kasparov vs Kasimdzhanov in January in Dubai
13.10.2004 The reunification match between FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Garry Kasparov is scheduled to take place next January in the United Arab Emirates. The prize sum is US $1.2 million. The players will stay in the only seven-star hotel in the world. We have new pictures to show you what that means...

Kasparov's letter to FIDE
29.10.2004 The reunification match between Garry Kasparov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov is scheduled for January 7 – 24 in Dubai. However at the FIDE Congress in Calvià nothing concrete was announced. The funding of the match and many other details appear to be in doubt. In an open letter to the FIDE General Assembly Garry Kasparov delivers firm ultimatums.

The Turkish Federation wants the match
30.10.2004 Yesterday we published an open letter by Garry Kasparov, demanding that the FIDE leadership show guarantees for his reunification match against Kasimdzhanov, announced for January in Dubai, or to ask the General Assembly for authority to quickly seek a new bidder. Now the alternate is on the table, presented for the Turkish Chess Federation by its president Ali Nihat Yazici.

Kasimdzhanov-Kasparov is a go
06.11.2004 According to an interview with FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the Russian paper Sport Express, the sponsorship of the K-K unification match in Dubai has been confirmed. The bank guarantees are in place and the match is scheduled for Jan. 14-Feb. 1. We now have a translation of the interview and a comment from Garry Kasparov.

Super Final R2: Dreev beats Morozevich
16.11.2004 Alexander Morozevich is a player who, on a good day, can beat anyone or anything in the world. But he can also have very bad streaks. In round one he spent seventy moves trying to win with the black pieces against Epishin; today he lost with white against Dreev. The other games were drawn. Here's a report on a memorable press conference...

A letter from Makro
22.11.2004 Two days before the start of the 57th Russian Championship Super Final in Moscow a press conference was held in which Garry Kasparov spoke defensively about the prospects of his up-coming reunification match against Rustam Kasimdzhanov actually being staged. Now FIDE deputy Georgios Makropoulos has sent us a reply to Kasparov.

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