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Sochi to play host

Moscow: The much-anticipated World Championship rematch between Viswanathan Anand and title-holder Magnus Carlsen will be staged from November 7 to 28 in Sochi, Russia.

Fide president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced the schedule at a press conference, saying the budget for the event has been set at $3 million. The match will be played at the Olympic Village in Sochi.

According to reports, both the players have agreed with this plan. Russian Chess Federation president Andrei Filatov has also confirmed that the body will participate in the organisation of the event.

Carlsen became the world champion last November by defeating Anand in Chennai.

However, Anand, who held the world title from 2007 to 2013, earned a rematch by winning the Candidates Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Anand had earlier said that there will be a couple of surprises in his team of seconds when he faces Carlsen. “I would chalk a new path for a new result. I won’t get a new result if I travel in the old path.

“Ideas are being thought about and I am planning to re-jig my core team and there would be a couple of surprises,” Anand had said.

Anand’s team during last year’s world championship match comprised Sandipan Chanda, K. Sasikiran, Hungarian Grandmaster Peter Leko and Poland’s Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Sandipan was also second in Russia during the Candidates tournament.

Praising Sandipan for his creative style, Anand said he was also planning to change his style of play. “I have some ideas but those can’t be discussed,” he said recently.