Delhi Joins Chennai and Singapore in Race to Host World Chess Championship

World Chess Championship

The world of chess is abuzz with anticipation as Delhi joins Chennai and Singapore in the race to host the World Chess Championship. The championship match is set to be a thrilling face-off between India’s D. Gukesh and China’s Ding Liren.

AICF backs Delhi’s bid for World Chess Championship

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) has backed Delhi’s bid, adding another contender to the race. Interestingly, this move has led to some controversy, as the AICF has accused the Tamil Nadu government of acting unilaterally by pushing Chennai’s name without consultation.

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) CEO, Emil Sutovsky, confirmed that all three cities – Chennai, Singapore, and Delhi – have submitted their bids and meet the criteria. The order of submission saw Chennai leading the pack, followed by Singapore, with Delhi being the last to bid.

The FIDE Council will discuss the issue and announce the winner later this month. Representatives of the bidding cities have been invited to share details and take questions.

The Chennai bid was made by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, while the AICF bid for New Delhi. It is unusual for two entities from the same country to bid for the tournament. AICF president Nitin Narang stated that the National Chess Federation has bid for New Delhi as the venue for the title showdown and that a no-objection certificate (NOC) had been taken from the Indian government.

Gukesh, who hails from Chennai, became the youngest ever challenger for the world title by winning the Candidates Tournament in Toronto in April. The basic criteria outlined by FIDE for a prospective bidder for the 2024 edition is a budget of Rs 8.5 million (Rs 71 crore approx) and a facilitation fee of USD 1.1 million (Rs 9 crore) for the global body.

The duration of the tournament is 25 days, and approval of regulations will be completed by July 1. The total prize money awarded by FIDE would be around USD 2.5 million (Rs 20 crore plus) after the fund was increased from USD two million (Rs 17 crore) in 2023.

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