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D Gukesh vs Ding Liren World Championship match in Chennai? FIDE officials inspect venues

D Gukesh vs Ding Liren World Championship match in Chennai? FIDE officials inspect venues

The World Championship match between India's D Gukesh and Ding Liren is provisionally scheduled between November 20 and December 15, 2024.

Chennai, India hopes to host the Chess World Championships match between D Gukesh and Ding Liren, and a two-member FIDE team is here to inspect the player accommodation venues, and other facilities in the city. As per a report in Sportstar, FIDE Planning and Development Commission (PDC) Secretary, Kermen Goryaeva, and Head of Public Relations (PR), Anna Volkova, inspected the inspected the convention centre at the Chennai Trade Centre complex and Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium.

Meanwhile, the duo also had a look at three private hotels – ITC Grand Chola, Hyatt Regency, and Taj Connemara – for accommodation. The report also states that the officials are also looking at The Leela Palace as the possible player accommodation.

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Chennai is not the only city in contention to host the FIDE World Championships match between D Gukesh and Ding Liren. New Delhi, and Singapore are also in the list, and other members are visiting all the locations. A final decision will be made by the end of June.

“After we collect reports from all three places, FIDE management will discuss all the reports and decide where to hold the match. The reports will be done in two or three days (from inspection). By the end of June, the venue will be announced,” she said.

As to what are the requirements for the host city, Volkova said: “So, the whole infrastructure, how long it takes to get from the hotel to the venue, and back.

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“There are specific things. For example, we need dedicated routes for players because we expect a lot of visitors and a lot of audience, and, of course, we don’t want to disturb the players. So, usually, they need some space for their privacy, not to be disturbed by someone.

“From the marketing point of view, it’s very important for the audience also to feel comfortable not just to watch them playing, but maybe also to have some side events, some side activities, have a place to eat, have a place to entertain themselves, to watch the games not just in the hall but maybe even somewhere in another place, to meet guests of the event, all this. So, basically, for this, you need space.

“As for the convention centre, it’s huge. It’s able to fit everyone. Because in every big event, you have a lot of, so to say, client groups. Like, you have the players themselves, you have the media, you have the organisers, you have the visitors, even the volunteers. And so, a place like the convention centre can fit all of them and make all of them comfortable.”

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