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  • Anand by four or more games

    0 0%
  • Anand by three games (7-4)

    0 0%
  • Anand by three games (6.5-3.5)

    1 3.85%
  • Anand by two games (7-5)

    4 15.38%
  • Anand by two games (6.5-4.5)

    6 23.08%
  • Anand by one game (6.5-5.5)

    6 23.08%
  • 6-6, Anand wins playoff

    1 3.85%
  • 6-6, Topalov wins playoff

    0 0%
  • Topalov by one game (6.5-5.5)

    4 15.38%
  • Topalov by two games (6.5-4.5)

    3 11.54%
  • Topalov by two games (7-5)

    1 3.85%
  • Topalov by three games (6.5-3.5)

    0 0%
  • Topalov by three games (7-4)

    0 0%
  • Topalov by four or more games

    0 0%
  • The match will be cancelled, greatly deferred or not completed

    0 0%
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  1. #16
    CC International Master Carl Gorka's Avatar
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    Anand is stranded in Frankfurt....the Indian Chess Federation have sent a letter to FIDE asking for a postponement for the match.

    http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6265

    The best bit is the start to the letter addressed to "His Highness Kirsan ILYUMZHINOV"
    I've never been so broke that I couldn't leave town

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    Quote Originally Posted by FE
    Anand is stranded in Frankfurt....the Indian Chess Federation have sent a letter to FIDE asking for a postponement for the match.
    What??? he might as well have walked to the venue, not that far!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FE
    The best bit is the start to the letter addressed to "His Highness Kirsan ILYUMZHINOV"
    lol, yep they should have adhered to the proper protocol and used "Your Majesty"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    What??? he might as well have walked to the venue, not that far!!!
    I'm pretty sure there'd be loads of German chess fans willing to give him a lift


    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    lol, yep they should have adhered to the proper protocol and used "Your Majesty"!
    We could start a game here....most suitable title for the current FIDE President
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    Quote Originally Posted by FE
    We could start a game here....most suitable title for the current FIDE President
    lol ok I start with
    Big Chak Hack Schawak
    My godson called me that, I don't know where he got it!

    some variations to fit chess could be
    Big Shah Hack Schawak
    Big Chak Hack Checkwak
    or Big Chess Hack Shahwak
    lol add lib!
    Last edited by ER; 19-04-2010 at 10:37 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    lol ok I start with
    Big Chak Hack Schawak
    My godson called me that, I don't know where he got it!

    some variations to fit chess could be
    Big Shah Hack Schawak
    Big Chak Hack Checkwak
    or Big Chess Hack Shahwak
    lol add lib!
    New thread started in general chess chat before we take this one over
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    My personal view- the skullduggery begins and this shows the absurdity of having the match run by one of the participants own country, especially when it is Bulgaria. When can I start to blame FIDE again?

    http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2010...rganizers.html

    World Championship match Anand - Topalov postponement possibilities (updated)
    official statement by the organizers
    Update: April 19th, 12:00 CET

    The organizing committee of the World Championship match between Anand and Topalov officially issued a statement regarding the situation that arose in the previous days (scroll down for timeline). The news was reported live from Chessdom.com correspondents in Sofia.

    The following statement is official answer to the letter of Viswanathan Anand.

    FROM STEFAN SERGIEV

    TO MR. GEORGIOS MAKROPOULOS

    DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF FIDE AND SUPERVISOR OF THE MATCH FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ANAND – TOPALOV

    Copy Mr. V. Anand – World champion
    Copy Mr. V. Topalov

    Dear Mr. Makropoulos,

    The Organizers committee of the match for world championship 2010 between V. Anand, world champion and V. Topalov has been informed with the e-mail of Mr. Anand dated 17.04 and your verbal request from 18.04.2010 to postpone the match with 3 days.

    We would like to inform you that this is not acceptable for us.

    1. We can postpone the press conference.

    2. Unfortunately we can not postpone the opening ceremony scheduled on April 21st at 6 pm. according to the contract. The invitations to all the official guests, sponsors, politicians, TV stations and all the media was already sent long time ago. We have signed a lot of commercial contracts with serious penalties for us in case of some changes.

    3. The possibility to postpone the first game of the match for one day to Saturday April 24 need to be discussed with the Chairman of Organizing Committee– Prime Minister of Bulgaria Mr. Boyko Borissov. This will take some time. We will inform you regarding our decision not later than latest afternoon of 20 April /Tuesday/

    19.04.2010

    Sofia

    Signed: President of Bulgarian Chess Federation and member of the Organizing Committee for the match Dr. Stefan Sergiev

    End of official text. Note: statement published without changes. Here is a timeline of the events which led to tension in the afternoon of April 18th.

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    I want to change my poll vote!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ditto

    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator
    I want to change my poll vote!!!!!!!!!!!
    Me too. This match is not going to happen soon.
    God exists. Short and to the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    Me too. This match is not going to happen soon.
    I just want to see if Anand likes the toilet arrangement

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    In anticipation of smart-aleck voting following the news I changed "deferred" to "greatly deferred" in the final poll option. I will define "greatly deferred" as meaning that the match is postponed until after its current scheduled finishing date.

    From what the BCF say in the quoted press release above I don't have great concerns yet. If Vishy is in Sofia by the 21st, which he may well be, he can attend the opening ceremony even if he just stepped off a train that day; it will not affect him. If he isn't there they can have it without him if they must although it will not be as successful.

    The key issue is willingness to postpone the start of play and they state they are discussing that. So long as there is willingness there, that is no problem. [EDIT: I now see they were only thinking of a one-day postponement.]

    I do just hold my breath when this sort of thing comes up because of the risk that we could see some very silly politics.

    The strange thing is that the letter is worded as a "no" response when it is actually more of a "probably, but ..."
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 20-04-2010 at 12:49 AM.

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    Driving has to be an option to get from Frankfurt to Sofia. Hiring a car might be difficult but surely he knows chess people who could help out.
    I have started following cycling and the flight ban had an impact of the Amstel Gold Race (a very big 1 day race) in the Netherlands being held on Sunday. A number of riders were unable to make it to the race, but others jumped into cars, or team buses and drove from as far away as Italy and Spain to get to the race. Some did not arrive until the evening before. Anand should follow suit, jump in a car and get there.
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    John Cleese got around it by taking a $5,500 equivalent taxi ride to get from Oslo to Brussels (1550 km by road).

    Frankfurt to Sofia is probably somewhat further than that, but not hugely so.

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    TWIC has little sympathy :

    Anand's concerns will no doubt be tiredness due to travel and disruption of his preparation and settling in time. However the start of the match is still four days away (and it was 8 days when he first found out about the problem) and obviously he should be able to get there in that time. If he was to arrive in Sofia tonight it is difficult to see that it will make all that much difference. All his technical opening preparation should be finished, perhaps he intended some warm up games and a settling in period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    John Cleese got around it by taking a $5,500 equivalent taxi ride to get from Oslo to Brussels (1550 km by road).

    Frankfurt to Sofia is probably somewhat further than that, but not hugely so.

    It's 1257.52 kms

    http://www.mapcrow.info/Distance_bet..._Sofia_BU.html

    or 1390.18 Kms

    http://www.distance-calculator.co.uk...t/walldorf.htm

    Lol in Europe distances are ... flexible and variable! so many different ways to go from one place to another!
    Last edited by ER; 20-04-2010 at 01:25 AM.
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    The second site gave a much lower distance estimate for Oslo-Brussels than Cleese's journey so I'm guessing those are linear and by air or something like that.

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