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Monday, April 19, 2010

Anand on his way to Sofia:his appeal for a delay is rejected

According to a new report at the website (which you can read by clicking on the following link:, Grandmaster Vishy Anand is on his way to the World Chess Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria and will arrive there by Friday evening. An interview with FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos has been posted to the Chessdom website and you can read it by clicking on the following link:

According to Makropoulos, GM Anand is not the only one who has not made it to Sofia:

"officials of FIDE for the Presidential board and for the match - the second arbiter is not here, the members of the appeals committee are not here as well, we do not know yet exactly when they are going to arrive."

It is apparent that the match cannot start unless all of the FIDE officials are there is it not?
This suggests that claims by Topalov and his team are unjustified. Without an appeals committee present I doubt the organizers will start the match.

A Bulgarian Chess Federation response to Anand's request for a 3 day extension can be read in English by clicking on the following link:

According to an article posted by Mark Crowther at his website, Anand has been told by the FIDE to get to Sofia by Wednesday (source:

A statement about the entire situation has been posted to the official  World Chess Championship website, and can be read by clicking on the following  link:

The key aspects of this document to me are these:

"For the fact, that Mr. Anand could not arrive on time in Sofia, the organizers bear no fault. The fault is to be placed on him and his team. Even more, according to art.11.2 from the contract (on which Mr. Anand is placing his statements) “If one of the parties meets an obstacle in fulfilling one of the parties duties according to this Contract due to a Force Majeure occurance, this party should, at the first reasonable possibility, inform the rest of the parties for the nature and span of the circumstances that caused the Force Majeure occurance.” The organizational Committee, as well as the team of V. Topalov up to 11:00h at the 18th of April 2010, was not aware of the troubles of Mr. V. Anand. For those we learned first from the press and then from the supervisor of the match, Mr. G Makropoulus."

"We understand the problem of Mr. Anand, but we are bitterly disappointed by his derogatory actions and attitude towards the organizers. All problems that emerge should be resolved in dialogue with shown understanding from all sides, and not in the form of pressure."

"Postponing the match will result in losses of tens of thousands euro for the organizers, the disturbance of the schedules of politicians, sponsors and official figures taking part in the event, the obstruction of contracts with the television and other media and many inconveniences for the numerous international guests, who have already reserved their accommodation in Sofia."

"Therefore, we consider the request for postponing the game as unacceptable."

Wow harsh words indeed! Exactly what "derogatory actions" are the organizing committee referring to? The fact that Anand could not get to the city in which the match is being played is not due to anything he did! The match is not supposed to start until  April 23, why is the FIDE in such a rush to get Anand to Sofia?? Clearly the loss of money to these people and organizations will be even greater if Anand  arrives in an extremely fatigued state and the match is so one-sided that the media and sponsors do not follow it as closely as if it were a close match. Don't the organizers and the FIDE realize this obvious fact??  Stay tuned for more updates about Anand's status and the status of the match as I become aware of them.

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

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Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

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Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.