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News from Anand regarding the World Chess Championship situation

Anand is looking for a way to reach Sofia

Anand Topalov 2010

The ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erruption closed the airspace over large part of Europe and changed the plans of hundreds of thousands passangers. One of them was Viswanathan Anand, the defending World Champion who got stuck in Germany. On Sunday he contacted FIDE requesting postponment of the match. After a meeting Sunday afternoon, the organizing committee came with a statement that Anand is travelling to Sofia.

Anand was still in Germany earlier when DNA tried to reach him. “Yes, we are stranded. We should get there soon,” Anand’s wife and manager Aruna said.“We are working with the FIDE supervisor to see how we can travel at the earliest. Given these circumstances it has been agreed, keeping in mind Vishy’s arrival in Sofia the schedule could be moved accordingly. We wouldn’t want to speculate on rumours at this point and will try and arrive at the earliest,” she further said.

Meanwhile, the All India Chess Federation (AICF) has also written a letter to the FIDE to move the championship by three days. “We hope they will oblige,” AICF secretary DV Sundar told DNA. The FIDE offices were closed on Sunday and a formal response from them is expected on Monday.

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