Saturday, May 31, 2008
Women's World Chess Championship?
What's this - has Kirzan finally decided it's going to be held after all? This is an excerpt from a report at The Week in Chess, who got it from the Russian chess site chesspo.ru. The report is about Kirzan guaranteeing the prize fund for the Kamsky-Topalov match to go forward in Lvov. That's great, but that's man chess stuff and I don't care about that! The important part is bolded: The latest is that in a new phone interview with FIDE President Kirsan Iljumzhinov with Yury Vasilyev (who reliably reports the FIDE line) reported at the chess site chesspo.ru. The match Topalov - Kamski takes place in Lvov. Just I has called the president of International chess federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who has arrived to Athenes from Moscow for participation in Presidential Council, and has asked him a question which excites now all fans of a chess. . . . KI: I give my personal guarantees. The prize-winning fund will be such what has been specified in the application of the manager of the grandmaster Gata Kamski Alexander Chernenko: 935 000 dollars. The players will receive together 750 000. Besides I shall declare tomorrow the world championship among women. It will take place in Nalchik from August, 28th till September, 18th. The prize-winning fund will be 630 000 dollars. This was posted on Friday, May 30, 2008. So does that mean we can expect an official announcement from FIDE today about the Women's World Chess Championship? Who is putting up the money? What happened to the Turkish Sport Federation's indication that it would be willing to host the Championship? Where the heck is Nalchik?