Singapore outbids Chennai and Delhi as the host for Gukesh vs Ding Liren at FIDE World Championship 2024

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Gukesh and Ding Liren

The 2024 FIDE World Chess Championship is set to be a thrilling battle between reigning champion Ding Liren and Indian prodigy D Gukesh. The prestigious event, with a staggering $2.5 million prize fund, will take place in Singapore from November 20 to December 15.

Singapore emerged victorious in the bid to host the championship, beating out strong contenders New Delhi and Chennai. The city-state’s vibrant chess scene and global prominence as a tourist and business hub made it an ideal choice.

Both New Delhi and Chennai were keen to host the match, but ultimately, Singapore won the race. While hosting the championship in India could have been monumental for Indian chess, concerns arose about home pressure and support for Gukesh, who expressed readiness to play in his home country.

Gukesh vs Liren at the FIDE World Chess Championship

Ding Liren, on the other hand, preferred a neutral venue. His wish was granted, and Singapore secured the hosting rights after inspections in June. Ding Liren, the reigning world champion, won the title against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in 2023. He hails from China and has consistently been a formidable force in the chess world.

D Gukesh, the 17-year-old Indian sensation, surprised everyone by winning the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament. His victory sparked hopes of a home-ground advantage, but fate had other plans. Gukesh’s triumphant return to Chennai fueled the bidding war for the championship, but ultimately, he won’t compete on home turf this time.

The 14-game match will unfold between November 20 and December 15, 2024. The exact venue is yet to be determined, but FIDE is considering four potential locations within Singapore. This historic event marks the first time a World Chess Championship match will take place in Singapore, a city known for its ambition and talent in chess.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich expressed delight at Singapore’s selection, emphasizing its iconic status and thriving chess community.

 

Indian chess fans and players, including GM Vidit Gujrathi, expressed disappointment that India lost the bid. Hosting the championship would have been a significant moment for Indian chess.

Despite missing out this time, both New Delhi and Chennai remain renowned chess hubs with a rich history of hosting chess events. Dvorkovich assured that major chess events would continue in these cities.

The 2024 FIDE World Chess Championship promises intense battles, strategic brilliance, and a historic milestone for Singapore. Chess enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await this clash of titans.

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