World Championship Sofia – contract signed by FIDE

12/17/2009 – The final agreement between FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Stefan Sergiev was signed in Sofia, Bulgaria. The prize fund is two million Euros (we are told that it is to be transferred to FIDE on January 10th). Ilyumzhinov met with the President Georgi Parvanov of Bulgaria, who is guaranteeing the conditions of the match. FIDE press releases.

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World Championship Sofia – contract signed by FIDE

Sofia, 16.12.2009 – With the presence of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Mr Boiko Borisov, the final agreement between FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Stefan Sergiev was signed today in Sofia at 13:00 local time. The prize fund for the match between World Champion Vishy Anand and Challenger Veselin Topalov is two million Euros and the dates are 23 April (1st round) to 12 May 2010 (possible tiebreaks).

A press conference is bring held at this time in Sofia with the participation of all major national media.

Sofia 16.12.2009 – FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the President of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov today in Sofia. Mr Parvanov expressed his satisfaction that Bulgaria will organise the World Championship Match 2010 and he assured the FIDE President that the event will be held successfully and on the highest level.


FIDE (and Kalmykia) President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov. On the wall is an image of Hristo Botev, 1848-1876, Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary.

At the same time, Mr Georgi Parvanov informed the FIDE President that the Bulgarian Chess Federation will propose its own candidate for the position of President of the European Chess Union in the elections to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, September 2010.


Discussions in the office of the Bulgarian President. The picture on the wall is of Vassil Levski, 1837-1873, leader of the national revolutionary movement against the Ottoman yoke.

Schedule of the 2010 World Championship in Sofia

Wednesday

April 21, 2010 

Opening
Friday

April 23, 2010

Game 1
Saturday April 24, 2010 Game 2
Sunday April 25, 2010 Rest day
Monday

April 26, 2010

Game 3
Tuesday

April 27, 2010

Game 4
Wednesday  April 28, 2010 Rest day 
Thursday April 29, 2010 Game 5
Friday April 30, 2010 Game 6
Saturday

May 1, 2010 

Rest day
Sunday

May 2, 2010

Game 7
 
Monday May 3, 2010 Game 8
Tuesday 

May 4, 2010 

Rest day
Wednesday 

May 5, 2010

Game 9
Thursday May 6, 2010 Game 10
Friday

May 7, 2010 

Rest day 
Saturday

May 8, 2010

Game 11
Sunday May 9, 2010 Game 12
Monday

May 10, 2010 

Rest day
Tuesday  May 11, 2010 Tiebreaks
Wednesday

May 12, 2010

Closing

Source: FIDE


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