A meeting of FIDE officials with the two contenders, defending champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Magnus Carlsen and their delegations, to be held somewhere in Europe will be the next major step in the run up to the World championship in November here.

Back from Baku after attending the FIDE Presidential Board meeting where the agreement confirming Chennai as the venue for the Championship was signed, D.V. Sundar, FIDE Vice-President said that the Europe meeting would discuss all aspects linked to the smooth conduct of the championship.

Asked whether there was any move to split the match into two phases with one phase in Norway, he said this point did come up for discussion sometime back when FIDE delegate Israel Gelfer was here for the signing of the MOU with the AICF and TNSCA, but it was scotched then and there. “We did not agree and insisted that the championship will held here totally,” he said.

At Baku, Sundar said it was heartwarming to see the support for India. “It was more or less unanimous with most of the 20 odd members voting for India as the host for the World championship,” he said.

Meantime, the organisers would in two weeks time announce the match venue in the city. “Whatever be the place, every arrangement will be made to ensure that the chess loving public had a fair view of the proceedings of the match,” he said.

Once the players’ meeting and the match-venue finalisation are completed, that would be the time for the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to visit Chennai.

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