Viswanathan Anand will defend his World Chess Championship title against world number one Magnus Carlsen in his home city. The sport’s world governing body FIDE on Sunday confirmed Chennai as the venue for the match.
Even though it was reported that Carlsen was not keen to play in Chennai and preferred Paris instead, the FIDE Presidential Board confirmed Chennai as the venue during a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday. The five-time world champion will take on the Norwegian from November 6 to 26.
“An agreement was signed in Baku by Bharat Singh, secretary of the All India Chess Federation, and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,” a press release said.