Anand v Topalov 1 Day Postponement

  • SonofPearl
  • on 21/4/10 10:18.

In a rare outbreak of common sense, the start of the world championship match between Vishy Anand (pictured) and Veselin Topalov has been postponed by one day.

Anand had requested a three-day postponement and the Bulgarian organisers had refused to make any change at all, so this seems a sensible compromise to allow Anand some extra time to recover from his unexpectedly gruelling journey to Sofia. 

Therefore, the first game of the match will take place on Saturday 24 April, with the whole match schedule being moved forward one day.  Look out for more details here soon in a full match preview.

Good luck to both players.  Let's hope for a great match. Gens Una Sumus!

Hon. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov Chairman of Organising Committee of FIDE World Championship Match 2010 Sofia Bulgaria
Sofia, 21 April 2010

Dear Hon. Prime Minister,

In my capacity as FIDE Supervisor for the World Championship Match 2010, I have consulted with all the parties to try and resolve the “force majeure” situation which has arisen these last few days. It is clear that we have reached an impasse in the discussions and a decision must be made. I also requested a meeting with you, but I was informed, that unfortunately this was not possible.

After reviewing the World Champion’s request for a three day postponement, I understand that this would create enormous difficulties for the Organisers. Similarly, starting the match on Friday 23rd would cause enormous difficulties for the World Champion. I appreciate that whilst the one day postponement may cause some problems, it is justified by the circumstances that the whole world faced last week and ensures a fair play situation for both players.

Therefore, in accordance with chapter 7.4 of the match regulations as well as article 2.4 of our 2010 World Chess Championship Agreement, I would like to inform you that the 1st game of the match will be postponed by 1 (one) day to start on Saturday, 24th April 2010, for the following reasons:

a) As a result of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland which caused the cancellation of thousands of flights from most European airports, including Sofia, we faced serious problems, not only with the late arrival of World Champion Vishy Anand in Sofia but also with the late arrival of FIDE officials and principals of the match. It is obvious that this is an “Event of Force Majeure” [pages 2 and 12 (article 11) of our 2010 World Chess Championship Agreement] which has resulted in an unfair position for World Champion Vishy Anand as he has not taken full benefit of the seven-days period (article 8.2 of our 2010 World Chess Championship Agreement) in order for him to acclimatize to the conditions and ensure that all his team will be organised to support him logistically and technically in the match.

b) According to the 2010 World Chess Championship Agreement, the final inspection of the match was to be held on the 18th April 2010, five (5) days before the 1st game (article 3.9). This deadline was not followed due to the Organiser’s delay and it has been agreed by all parties that the final inspection will be held on the morning of the 21st April 2010. Therefore a postponement is also needed in order to secure that all organisational requirements will be met in the remaining three days before the start of the match in lieu of the five days originally envisaged for such compliance.

The opening ceremony will not be postponed and will be held on 21st April 2010 as originally planned.

The whole world will undoubtedly appreciate the efforts that Bulgaria has made not only to organize such a prestigious match, but also to find a fair and equitable solution to this problem.

I would like to thank you for your understanding and all your commitment for this match to be organized at the highest level possible.

Yours sincerely,

Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President
FIDE Supervisor for the World Championship Match 2010

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  • hace 7 años


    @vinnik1976 - your profile pic is Miguel Najdorf, right?

  • hace 7 años


    Very interesting match to watch, go Anand..................

  • hace 7 años


    I so totally want Anand to win this. When in India earlier this year, there were reports on chess everyday in the newspapers, in the sports section. Plus: he is a totally brilliant player. 

  • hace 7 años


    Топалов, разбий Ананд!

  • hace 7 años


    It is very clear from the above article that the postponement is not b'cuz of late arrival of World Champion Vishy Anand in Sofia. But b'cuz of late arrival of FIDE officials and principals of the match.

    "One understands the pain only after getting Hurt" Laughing

  • hace 7 años


    Beat TopaloV! Go Anand!

  • hace 7 años


    That´s correct guys live coverage at

    Go Anand!

  • hace 7 años


    Is going to have a live TV coverage of the games?

    ori0 & MonkeyD_Luffy


    You, guys, can go to - the official website, game 1 starts on Sat at 1:45pm Greenwich time. 

    The score of the games so far between them:

    Classic chess
    Topalov, Veselin
    Anand, Viswanathan

    All games can be downloaded from

    Good luck to both players! Go Topalov, you are the best! 

  • hace 7 años


    it matters not,the winner is just"keeping the seat warm"for Magnus

  • hace 7 años


    Good move!

  • hace 7 años


    common sense has prevailed for all parties. Now everybody take a deep breath and let these gentlemen start their engines !! I hope for great chess, something new but in the face of all this turmoil at least everyone is safe and we will see what happens now.....

  • hace 7 años


    Not the three days asked for, but 1 day is better than nothing.

    One thing this controversy has helped generate is more interest in the championship.

    Good luck to the players!

  • hace 7 años


    how can this match be wacht live? thx!

  • hace 7 años


    Based on the information presented in this article, it would appear that Makropoulos decided to force the issue of postponement.  Good for him!

  • hace 7 años


    "Return of the king" 

  • hace 7 años


    Go Anand!  Show that you rule in Sofia?

  • hace 7 años


    Go Anand

  • hace 7 años


    I'll be watching it live on the internet Cool

  • hace 7 años


    Please get the match underway. I will be grading your endgame play. Hope it is a great match. Remember to think at least 20 moves ahead on both sides .Good luck to topolov. All 64 squares awiat you. Think deep SO THAT THE CREATIVITY  OF CHESS WILL BE  APPRIACIATED.:)Smile

  • hace 7 años


    Nicely resolved, I believe this decision is quite fair, due to the circumstances. Now, we all wait excitedly for the beginning of the first match.

    Go Anand!! 

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