Anand set to defend world title at home

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: May 05, 2013 23:46 IST

Viswanathan Anand looks set to defend his World Chess Championship title at home in Chennai unless his challenger Magnus Carlsen and his supporters manage to build enough pressure or mount a legal battle to force FIDE, the sport's world governing body, to go for competitive bidding to select the venue for their match in November this year.

The All India Chess Federation on Sunday claimed that the FIDE presidential board has given its nod to Chennai as venue at its meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan. "(The) FIDE presidential board confirmed Chennai as the venue for the World Chess Championship match from November 6-26, 2013," the AICF said in a release. AICF secretary Bharat Singh and FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov signed the agreement, the release added.

Karthikeyan ends fourth in Budapest
New delhi: After battling a few issues, which included a poor pit stop, Narain Karthikeyan finished fourth in race two of round three of the AutoGP World Series, in Budapest on Sunday.

Having suffered tyre overheating issues in qualifying, Narain could qualify no better than seventh but despite a great start, he fell back due to an engine misfire.

As a result he could only finish eighth but had pole position for race two due to the reversed grid format. Starting from pole, Narain led race two in the opening laps until tyre issues surfaced once again and he started struggling with rear grip.

The team decided to pit him but more bad luck was in store as a slow pitstop saw Narain rapidly dropping down the order.

He could ultimately do no better than salvage fourth place for his efforts.


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