vendredi 18 janvier 2008

KAMSKY a raison toujours & ILYUMZHINOV toujours tort


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From: FIDE World Chess Federation
To: roustam@optonline.net
Cc: imwjd@aol.com ; bhall@uschess.org ; melendy@comcast.net ; Chessoffice@aol.com ; fide@inbox.ru ; kalmykia@center.ru
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: Open Letter from Roustam Kamsky to FIDE President

Dear Mr Roustam Kamsky,

FIDE strongly condemns your continuous insults towards the FIDE President, a method which does not help in establishing proper communication between all parties.

All the technical details, mentioned in your open letter, have already been clarified by FIDE through our email below of 25 February.

Concerning your particular (and erroneous) statement that "GM Kamsky, the winner of the 2007 World Cup, did qualify to play the championship match against GM Anand", I clarify once more that the winner of the World Cup, according to FIDE regulations, doesn't get a direct match for the World Title. In 2005 the World Cup winner (Aronian) qualified for the Candidates Matches, in 2007 (Kamsky) qualified for a Challengers Semi-Final Match and the same will apply for the winner of the 2009 World Cup. The qualifying procedure is well-known and it was accepted by all players when they signed their undertaking for participating in the 2007 World Cup.

Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President


----- Original Message -----
From: ROUSTAM KAMSKY
To: office@fide.com ; kalmykia@center.ru ; fide@inbox.ru
Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 6:15 AM
Subject: Open Letter from Roustam Kamsky to FIDE President

February 28, 2008

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President
office@fide.com
kalmykia@center.ru ; fide@inbox.ru


Open letter from Mr. Roustam Kamsky to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in response to the FIDE decisions regarding the 2008 Championship and the Championship standing of GM Kramnik and GM Topalov as well as other relevant issues concerning the game of chess.

It is appears that as FIDE President and the President of Kalmyk Republik and a representative of Russian Government you have on numerous occasions ruled and advanced the position of Russian chess players directly violating the true spirit of sportsmanship in favor of your countrymen.
The first example is the 1996 world chess championship Kamsky –Karpov match held in Elista, Russia, where GM Karpov got unquestionable advantage by playing in Russia.
The second example is the upcoming 2008 Kramnik –Anand match. In 2007 Kramnik lost his title in Mexico City, but miraculously he was granted the privilege to challenge Anand in 2008. Thus without a prior selection GM Kramnik received a chance to compete at a final stage of 2008 world championship, a second bite at the apple. You have to ask yourself, is that a fair game?
GM Vladimir Kramnik is a nice guy. He is the only hope of Russian chess, or so it seems. However he was not able to successfully compete in any qualifying chess competitions neither under the PCA’s championship cycle nor under FIDE’s. In 2000 he was selected by a whim of Gary Kasparov to play in a private Kasparov-Kramnik match. Kramnik was selected despite his loss to GM Shirov, who was qualified as the legitimate challenger for the PCA crown. While Kramnik was not recognized as the champion by the majority of chess grandmasters after his win against Kasparov, and without other qualification, Kramnik was allowed to play a 2006 ‘reunification’ FIDE match against Topalov in Elista where Kramnik won. In 2006 Russia had its world champion who in 2007 lost his title in Mexico City.
In 2007 FIDE makes another unprecedented move – it allows Topalov a second bite at the apple. In order to avoid litigation with Topalov and Danailov, FIDE allows Topalov to challenge the 2007 World Cup Winner. Note that both Kramnik who in 2007 lost his title in Mexico City as well as Topalov who lost his title in 2006 in Elista were able to participate in the 2007 World Cup but they refused to play there.
FIDE president has unlimited power and the final decision making capacity, accordingly it was decided well in advance and without a good cause that FIDE will grant these two players privileges they did not deserve. FIDE made its decision which conflicts with the rights of 134 grandmasters who took part in NEW world championship cycle by competing in 2007 World Chess Cup. It is clear that these are only few examples of numerous violations of fair sportsmanship and basic rules of selections for the World Championship all of which point to the president.
Now, regarding the Topalov-Kamsky match. GM Kamsky, the winner of the 2007 World Cup, did qualify to play the championship match against GM Anand. The intermitted semi-final match clearly favors GM Topalov and should not have been approved by FIDE at all.
Mr. President, because of FIDE prior ruling allowing GM Topalov in the semi-final stage of the championship, GM Kamsky lost his right to play GM Anand for a price fund of 1.5 Mil Euro.
Further, in mid 2007 FIDE did have an alternative solution at its disposal by allowing GM Kramnik and GM Topalov to compete in a semi-final match with a prize fund of $150,000 for a chance to play with the 2008 World Champion, the winner of the title match between GM Anand and the Winner of 2007 World Cup.
Currently FIDE has been unwilling to rectify the existing situation and states that it has no money for the proper and comparable prize fund for the Topalov-Kamsky match. Also, FIDE states that the match in Bulgaria which has unequal bidding conditions from the beginning, will be organized with equal rights given to both players. However, FIDE President forgets that he did make similar “equal rights” promises times before and they failed.
Therefore due to numerous prior violations and an improper FIDE rule changes regarding participation of GM Topalov and GM Kramnik in the 2008 World Championship it is hereby respectfully requested that FIDE allocates a sum of $1,000,000 to organize and sponsor the Topalov-Kamsky match in a neutral country. If this reasonable request is not met, I believe that GM Kamsky will have no other recourse as to protect his rights in a court of law.

Thank you for your attention and consideration.
Sincerely,

Roustam Kamsky


P.S
I believe that it is important for FIDE to hear the voice of a public opinion, in case I do not receive FIDE’s response to this ‘Open Letter” within 7 days, I will urge the chess public, grandmasters and all who care about the chess to write, e-mail and contact FIDE directly so that FIDE will correct its mistake. In any respect, I believe that FIDE and Gata Kamsky prefer to resolve this issue amicable in that FIDE allocates the funds comparable for the level of such high level competition.




----- Original Message -----
From: FIDE World Chess Federation
To: Chessoffice@aol.com
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Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: Statement by United States Chess Federation

Dear Mr Goichberg,
Concerning your statement of 12 February, I would like to make the following comments:

a) From the beginning of our correspondence, I have copied to the US federation all our mail exchanges with GM Gata Kamsky. I have also stated in my email of 3 January that, if the match is organised in the US, then FIDE would prefer the participation of the USCF in the preparation and organisation of the match. This is indicative of my desire to see the USCF actively involved in all the procedures of this match and I am happy that, through your statement, the USCF has finally accepted its role and responsibilities, although this should had been done from the first moment.

b) As you can see from my previous letters, there is an organiser (the Bulgarian Chess Federation) already awarded with holding the semi-final match since the FIDE presidential board meeting of June 2007 in Tallinn. Afterwards, the board decided in Singapore (December 2007) to give your side the possibility to submit an improved offer under a specific procedure. This was made possible only after the Bulgarian side had agreed to this new procedure. As you can understand, FIDE has certain legal obligations to the Bulgarian Federation, which is the original organiser of this semi-final match.

FIDE has also awarded in the recent past matches to an interested organiser, without holding bidding procedures. The match Topalov-Kramnik 2006 was organised in Elista (Russia) after FIDE received an offer by the Kalmyk Chess Federation. Also the match Anand-Kramnik 2008 has been awarded to UEP, a German company with friendly ties to GM Kramnik, again without holding any bidding procedure. It is a policy for FIDE to try and secure sponsors long before every event, irrelevant of who are the participants, in order to ensure that we have organisers and to help them by giving enough time for promotion and marketing. Based on this principle, Topalov agreed to play in Russia in 2006 and Anand agreed to play in Germany later this year. Both of them have shown their understanding to FIDE concerning this policy.

For all its future events, FIDE is trying to commit organisers at least 2-3 years before, even when the participants are not known. This is common practice in all sports around the world and no one complains if, for example, the final match of the World Cup in soccer is held in the country of one of the teams. And consider that we are speaking about sports like soccer or basketball where home field plays an important role and affects the performance of teams and players.

On the other side, FIDE has also some negative experience from trying to attract sponsorship via bidding procedures for such events. The Candidates Matches 2007 required only 40,000 USD as prize fund for each match and even so, no national federation of the participating players were able to submit any bid for their own players. Including the US federation for the match Kamsky-Bacrot. In the end, the FIDE President funded these matches in order to save the whole world championship cycle. The games were organised in Elista, Russia and only one Russian player, GM Grischuk, finally qualified. It is therefore our conclusive policy that when an organiser is awarded an event, FIDE does not endanger the safety of this event, especially when no other sponsor is ready to take over.

Concerning the prize fund of the semi-final match, FIDE received an improved offer by the Bulgarian Chess Federation offering 250,000 USD if all parties signed by 5 February. This offer was sent to your federation and GM Kamsky but FIDE never received a reply by the end of the deadline offered.

Furthermore, as already repeated in my letters of 3 January and 16 January, I would like to emphasize that FIDE guarantees fair treatment and equal conditions to both players wherever this match is held. In this case, if the match is held in the US, FIDE is expecting the full support and co-operation of the USCF for this matter.

Concerning your statement that "these bidding procedures are improper", actually you would have been right if there wasn't already an organiser which has been awarded the event. To this end, the decisions of FIDE aim to protect the minimum funding of this match and at the same time to try and improve the financial conditions for both players. There is no alternative legal solution available which combines both of the above.

The issue about Spain has been misunderstood. Spain is considered as a country friendly to Topalov's side, as he has his permanent residence there. If your side or GM Kamsky accepts Spain as a "neutral" country, it is of course no issue for FIDE at all.

With this opportunity, I would like to emphasize that the decisions of the FIDE President are final and have been also copied to the representatives of GM Kamsky. Most of the demands of GM Kamsky have been satisfied, including all the Grand-Prix arrangements he requested and the extention of the deadline to 31 March and now 11 April (initially set for 31 January). All the other issues you raise in your statement will be dealt with during the next FIDE board meeting in Istanbul 19-20 March 2008.

Best regards,

Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President

PS: I am sorry for the delay of my reply but I was travelling the previous weeks and was not immediately informed about your email.



----- Original Message -----
From: FIDE World Chess Federation
To: bkkrupnicklaw@optonline.net
Cc: kamskygata@optonline.net ; bhall@uschess.org ; Chessoffice@aol.com ; kalmykia@center.ru ; fide@inbox.ru ; melendy@comcast.net
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: Topalov-Kamsky match

To: GM Gata Kamsky

Dear Gata,

I am afraid that your representative Mrs Bella Kamskaya cannot see the obvious: There is no written contract yet with the Bulgarian Chess Federation. Otherwise we wouldn't discuss at all today the procedure of organising this match outside Bulgaria. This is something that I have also repeated in my email of 16 January and I cannot understand why she is insisting to get a copy of this non-existing document.

Concerning the sponsorship of the match, it is well known that IOC forbids the use of sponsors producing and distributing products/services such as cigarettes, alcohol or gambling.

In reply to your request for FIDE to fund this match, I would like to inform you that in our budget there is no money to fund any match of the World Championship cycle. All the funding comes from organisers and their legitimate sponsors. As for the other of your points, your request for extended time to bring an alternative offer was accepted as well as your request for a bidding procedure to be announced on the FIDE website. So personally, I consider it impossible for FIDE to satisfy your last request about 1,000,000 USD prize money from its own funds.

With this opportunity, I would like to emphasize once more that the decisions of the FIDE President are final and have been also copied to the US Chess Federation. Most of your demands have been satisfied, including all the Grand-Prix arrangements you requested and the extention of the deadline to 31 March and now 11 April (initially set for 31 January). Any other issues you have raised will be dealt with during the next FIDE board meeting in Istanbul 19-20 March 2008.

Best regards,

Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President


----- Original Message -----
From: Bella Kamskaya
To: office@fide.com ; kalmykia@center.ru ; fide@inbox.ru
Cc: 'Gata Kamsky'
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 9:22 PM
Subject: Topalov-Kamsky match

The Law Offices
of
SHELDON MARTIN KRUPNICK
114 Old Country Road – Suite 544
Mineola, NY 11501
OF COUNSEL 516 – 741 – 7800 Tel LAW CLERK
MARTIN L. CAINE 516 – 385 – 1817 Fax KEVIN KRUPNICK
krupnicklaw@optonline.net

JENIFER DROSSMAN* BELLA KAMSKAYA, ESQ.
*Admitted, New York & New Jersey

February 22, 2008

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President
Georgios Makropoulos, Chairman, World Championship Committee
office@fide.com
kalmykia@center.ru ; fide@inbox.ru

Gentlemen:

There was no response from FIDE to the correspondence dated February 12, 2008, accordingly on behalf of grandmaster Gata Kamsky consider this a second request for the same relief. Take notice that FIDE continues to ignore the issues raised by GM Kamsky that require direct dialogue and cooperation from FIDE which will undermine FIDE’s own goals and standards that it has been setting while desirous of becoming a member of IOC and intending to take part at the informal meeting of the European Union Sports Ministers in March 2008.

It is respectfully requested that FIDE begins to negotiate with GM Kamsky on the same terms and conditions as it does dialogue with Mr. Danailov and GM Topalov. There is no need to withhold requested information when most of the information about Topalov’s and Kramnik’s participation in the 2008 Championship has been a subject of a public domain.
The general public demands proper and fair sportsmanship and equal conditions for the Topalov-Kamsky match. FIDE shall recognize that there is only one acceptable basic premise: FIDE shall not sacrifice GM Kamsky’s interests for the benefit of Mr. Danailov/GM Topalov and GM Kramnik. In the past FIDE has made certain unjustified concessions to the participation of Topalov and Kramnik in the world championship, intended to avoid litigation. I believe that FIDE and GM Kamsky would also benefit from a direct dialogue on the mutually acceptable terms. Accordingly please consider allocation of a prize fund in the amount of $1,000,000.00 US from FIDE’s funds/FIDE Sponsors to organize the Topalov-Kamsky match in a neutral country where neither player rights are violated.
As always you can contact me directly at bkkrupnicklaw@optonline.net

Sincerely,

Bella Kamskaya, Esq.
Counsel for Gata Kamsky






The Law Offices
of
SHELDON MARTIN KRUPNICK
114 Old Country Road – Suite 544
Mineola, NY 11501
OF COUNSEL 516 – 741 – 7800 Tel LAW CLERK
MARTIN L. CAINE 516 – 385 – 1817 Fax KEVIN KRUPNICK
krupnicklaw@optonline.net
JENIFER DROSSMAN* BELLA KAMSKAYA, ESQ.
*Admitted, New York & New Jersey

SECOND REQUEST

February 22, 2008

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President
Georgios Makropoulos, Chairman, World Championship Committee
office@fide.com
kalmykia@center.ru ; fide@inbox.ru


Gentlemen:


In response to FIDE letter dated February 11, 2008, FIDE has made a decision in accepting Bulgarian offer without consulting with GM Kamsky or taking into consideration his open opposition to holding the 2008 World Chess Championship semi-final Topalov –Kamsky match in Bulgaria.

FIDE directly favors and adopts its rules to give an advantage to the home country of GM Topalov, despite FIDE’s long recognized right of a player to object to playing a match in his opponent’s home country. GM Kamsky objects to holding the 2008 World Chess Championship semi-final Topalov –Kamsky match in Bulgaria. GM Kamsky has numerous reasons to object to playing in his opponent’s home country based on his experience at the 1996 Kamsky-Karpov match, held in Russia.

Further in its public announcement FIDE states that Bulgarian offer has been approved by the FIDE Presidential Board since June 2007, however earlier Mr. Makropoulos denied an existence of an agreement between FIDE and the Bulgarian Chess Federation, refusing to provide GM Kamsky any documentation. Accordingly, once again GM Kamsky requests that all contracts, agreements, and documents between FIDE and Bulgarian Chess Federation and/or Mr. Danailov related to either Topalov-Kamsky match and/or Topalov vs. the winner of the 2007 World Chess Cup be provided by FIDE without further delay. Notice for your convenience FIDE initial response could be in electronic format following by a paper version of all documents which pages shall have initials or other authentication by the contracting parties.

Furthermore, your clarification and relevant documentation is required regarding the following FIDE statement:
“No bidder can propose a sponsor which shall be in conflict with the regulations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).”

Finally, announced FIDE bidding rules are discouraging to potential bidders in the USA, Russia, and Spain who are less likely to put much effort into trying to make the best bid when a privileged Bulgarian bidder will learn the details of that bid and need only to match it to prevail. Therefore, on behalf of GM Kamsky, I urge you to reconsider FIDE position and to announce a more equitable bidding procedure or in alternative, due to time constraints, FIDE could allocate money from its own funds to sponsor the match in a neutral country where neither player rights are violated.

Due to the eminent urgency please respond at your earliest convenience directly to bkkrupnicklaw@optonline.net
Sincerely,

Bella Kamskaya, Esq.
Counsel for Gata Kamsky
Law Offices of Sheldon Martin Krupnick
114 Old Country Road, Suite 544
Mineola, NY 11501
E-mail: bkkrupnicklaw@optonline.net

Cc: Mr. Bill Goichberg, USCF Executive Board President:
chessoffice@aol.com
GM Kamsky kamskygata@optonline.net


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To: FIDE President, Kirsan ILYUMZHINOV New letter January 17, 2008

office@fide.com

copy to

Mr. Georgios MAKROPOULOS
Chairman World Championship Committee;



Mr. President:



I would like to bring to your attention the correspondence from Mr. Makropoulos dated January 16, 2008, which took him two weeks to respond to GM Kamsky’s letter of January 4th, 2008, denying GM Kamsky an equal treatment which is disturbing, outrageously unfair and must be a concern to FIDE. Therefore this letter is addressed to you directly, asking for your positive resolution.

First, the extension of the bidding deadline till March 30, 2008, which was unconditionally granted on January 3, 2008, was threatened to be revoked if GM Kamsky does not consent to other changes which are clearly not in his best interest. The Kamsky’s team insists that the March 30, 2008, bidding deadline shall remain unchanged. Please consider an additional extension of the deadline till April 30, 2008, as was originally requested by GM Kamsky.

Second, Mr. Makropoulos’s direct blackmail was intended to force GM Kamsky to agree with the position of Mr. Danailov who allowed “for the possibility to the USCF or your side to secure another organiser under the condition that the Bulgarian side will receive a 2-month term to match any improved offer if it comes from USA or Russia.” Currently, there is no agreement between FIDE and Bulgarian Chess Federation regarding Kamsky-Topalov Match, thus FIDE should not take instruction from the Topalov’s manager, the person who is directly interested in the outcome of the bidding process. If FIDE wants to create equal conditions for both players at the match, this process shall begin at the bidding table and therefore each side shall be afforded equal rights for an extension of any counter-bid that may follow. Thus, the Kamsky’s team insists that FIDE takes an independent position and allows Kamsky the same 2-month-period to present a counter-bid, if that need shall arise.

Further, it is impermissible for FIDE and disrespectful to the participants to have a prize fund for a semi-final match of $150,000 while FIDE allocates 1.5 Million Euro for the Kramnik-Anand match. This is blatantly unfair and shall be subject to an independent investigation. GM Kamsky urges FIDE to utilize its vast resources to find competent sponsors for the Kamsky-Topalov match without putting this heavy burden solely on GM Kamsky, with only 2 weeks notice.

About four years ago, the winners of the World Cup were given the title of the World Champion and they were: GMs Anand, Khalifman, Ponomariov and Kasimdzhanov, and nobody received such a favorable treatment from FIDE as GM Topalov and GM Kramnik. Both of them did not take part in the qualification process from the “ground zero” as GM Kamsky did by winning the 2007 World Cup. FIDE should acknowledge the fact that, but for, the concessions given to GM Topalov and GM Kramnik, a winner of the 2007 World Cup, GM Kamsky, has all moral and legal rights to play directly against GM Anand for the title of the World Champion.

It is clear that GM Kamsky was not privy to the negotiations that underwent between Topalov’s team, specifically Mr. Danailov and FIDE that occurred before GM Kamsky won the 2007 World Cup. Now that GM Kamsky has his direct title and financial stake in the world championship process, it is critical that GM Kamsky must have all relevant information directly. Mr. Makropoulos’s reference to the confidentiality clauses and referral to the FIDE Vice-President Mr. Kelleher is improper. GM Kamsky can personally secure the confidentiality of these documents to the highest degree, without involvement of third parties such as Mr. Kelleher.

Accordingly, GM Kamsky respectfully makes his third request for documentation/contracts regarding (i) semi-final match negotiations between FIDE and GM Topalov/ Mr. Danailov and (ii) the agreement between FIDE, GM Anand and GM Kramnik for the Kramnik-Anand Match.

It is imperative that GM Kamsky participates in all negotiations on an equal basis. This means that he must be privy to all information considering that GM Topalov and GM Kramnik were offered spots in the World Championship Matches without first competing in any qualifying competition, and due to the great disparity between the prize funds of Kramnik-Anand and the Kamsky-Topalov matches. Therefore, it is respectfully requested that FIDE voluntarily produces all relevant documents. If FIDE chooses to continue to procure Mr. Danailov’s position to the detriment of GM Kamsky, please take notice that to secure an equal treatment, these documents will be obtained thru other channels.

Finally Mr. Makropoulos should not worry himself regarding GM Kamsky’s performance at the 2008 Grand-Prix. Please note GM Kamsky’s preference for the Kamsky-Topalov Match is for September or November of 2008. Also, GM Kamsky affirms his position to play in all Grand-Prix, including the December 2008 event, since he has no other tournaments to play.

Due to the eminent urgency please respond at your earliest convenience directly at bkkrupnicklaw@optonline.net

Sincerely,



Bella Kamskaya, Esq.

Counsel for Gata Kamsky

Law Offices of Sheldon Martin Krupnick

114 Old Country Road, Suite 544

Mineola, NY 11501







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Dear Gata,



The exact dates of the December Grand-Prix tournament are not yet known. Please also note that the World Mind Sport Games are 3-18 October in Beijing, the World Championship Match Anand - Kramnik is 11-30 October in Bonn, the Chess Olympiad is 12-25 November in Dresden and in December we have your match against Topalov and the GP tournament.



Therefore, I cannot see how it would be possible for someone to play in both competitions in December. It is obvious that even if the two events would not coincide, the dates of both events will be so close that, for your better performance (yours and Topalov's), you should both choose 4 of the other 5 GP tournaments.



A final contract with the Bulgarian Chess Federation has not been signed yet, otherwise we wouldn't discuss at this moment the possibility of organising this match outside Bulgaria. The other contract which you are requesting, between FIDE, Anand and Kramnik, is confidential according to one of its clauses and we cannot make it public. A copy has been sent to FIDE Vice-President Mr Kelleher and he can answer to any of your questions if you wish.



I would like to make it clear that the Bulgarian Chess Fedeartion has morally, and probably legally, the right to organise the match. But Mr Danailov has agreed to give the possibility to the USCF or your side to secure another organiser under the condition that the Bulgarian side will receive a 2-month term to match any improved offer if it comes from USA or Russia. If a bid comes from any other country, FIDE will immediately accept it. Connsequently, your request for "the same time period to present a counter-bid" for both sides cannot be accepted.



Last but not least, I would like to emphasize that FIDE can guarantee fair treatment and equal conditions to both players wherever this match is held. The details and the procedure will be described in the common contract which will be signed from your side and Topalov with FIDE and between FIDE and the organiser. For such matters we can have a meeting in Athens so we can conclude on the final version of the agreement.



I kindly ask you to confirm that you approve this procedure so we can also inform the Bulgarian side. I am afraid that, as long as this issue is delayed, we will be trapped between one or the other's side intolerance. In that case we will finally be forced to follow the decision of the FIDE Presidential Board in Singapore which gave your side the possibility to bring an alternative offer by 31 January 2008.



Best regards,



Georgios Makropoulos

FIDE Deputy President









----- Original Message -----

From: Bella Kamskaya

To: office@fide.com


Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 9:06 PM

Subject: RE: Match Kamsky - Topalov



Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, Chairman January 4, 2008

FIDE World Championship Committee

FIDE Deputy President

FIDE World Chess Federation [office@fide.com]



Dear Mr. Makropoulos:



Seasonal Greetings to you and your family!

I am in receipt of the FIDE modification to the regulations of the Grand-Prix which will allow GM Kamsky to play in all tournaments from April 2008, as per your letter dated January 3, 2008. The Kamsky’s team (GM Kamsky, his manager and his legal counsel) appreciates the fact that FIDE made these concessions in favor of the players and all chess fans.

Notwithstanding all the changes that were already made, the minor point that still needs to be resolved is an avoidance of a conflict between the Kamsky-Topalov match and the Grand-Prix in December of 2008. Since the dates for the Kamsky –Topalov match are still under negotiation, the proper changes can be made to avoid any and all conflicts in FIDE’s December of 2008 schedule, so that no player loses even a single Grand-Prix event.

I am not aware of the dated for the December 2008 Grand-Prix event, once they are determined, I have no doubt that we can make another joint effort in “ironing” the details for December of 2008 FIDE schedule so that the Kamsky-Topalov Match is held before the December of 2008 Grand-Prix event.

Further, in order to be able to negotiate fairly every aspect of the Kamsky-Topalov Match, including the exact time of this so anticipated event, it is respectfully requested that FIDE consults with all participants to achieve a complete satisfaction. On behalf of the Kamsky’s team, I propose a joint session in Moscow between the Kamsky’s Team, Topalov’s Team and the FIDE so that everything is contractually settled without imposition of specific terms upon either party without any prior consultation or notice.

Thank you for granting an extension of the deadline for the Kamsky Bid till March 31, 2008. In regards to the bidding process, please provide at your earliest convenience a copy of an existing Bid offer/Contract made between FIDE and the Bulgarian Federation for the Match between Topalov and the Winner of the 2007 World Cup and a copy of a contract for the Kramnik-Anand Match.

Please note that FIDE unilaterally allowed the Bulgarian Federation a 2-month period to match the offer coming from the Kamsky’s side, if the Kamsky’s proposal comes from USA or Russia. We are of an opinion that the FIDE should accept the highest bid presented to it as of March 31, 2008, or both sides should have the same time period to present a counter-bid.

Please comment on whether the FIDE is willing to balance these organizational issues in the interests of a fair treatment of both players.

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me directly at bkkrupnicklaw@optonline.net or Mr. Oleksandr Chernenko, GM Kamsky’s manager, at e-mail oleksandr_chernenko@svitonline.com

Thank you very much for your attention and consideration.

Sincerely,



Bella Kamskaya, Esq.

Counsel for Gata Kamsky
The Law Offices of Sheldon Martin Krupnick
114 Old County Road, Suite 544
Mineola, New York, 11501




CC: GM Gata Kamsky kamskygata@optonline.net

Mr. Oleksandr Chernenko, GM Kamsky’s manager,








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Dear Gata,



My best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2008 for you and your family!



1. As you might have already been informed by Geoffrey Borg, FIDE is implementing a modification in the regulations of the Grand-Prix which will allow you (and also Anand, Kramnik, Topalov) to play in the tournaments from April 2008.



2. Based on these changes, there is no reason now for your match against Topalov to be organised end August - September and it can be moved later in December, after the match Anand - Kramnik, as was originally planned. This means that you and Topalov would not be able to participate in the December tournament of the GP. But of course you can play in 4 of the rest 5 tournaments.



3. In this case we can extend the deadline for a possible sponsor from your side or the USCF for 31 March 2008, under the condition that up to the said deadline a bank guarantee will be submitted to FIDE which will cover the organiser's onbligations towards FIDE and the players, as they were described in our email of 27 December and in connection with article 3.17 (ceremonies / prize fund / stipends) of the match regulations Topalov - Kamsky. Please note that in addition to the above, the organiser must also cover the travel and accommodation expenses for the match principals as stated in article 3.18 of the regulations. The same applies for the players and their teams. To this end, I propose to include in the contract with the organiser the following (whoever this organiser is):



"The organiser shall arrange for the players plus the personal manager plus up to three (3) other members of their team (total 5 members for each team):

- business class return air fares for the Players (Kamsky and Topalov) and their Managers from various cities to the venue of the Challengers Match plus economy class return air fares for three (3) of his team members;

- full accommodation (including three meals per day and non-alcoholic drinks) for the Players (Kamsky and Topalov), their managers plus up to three (3) members of each team (suite for the players, junuior suites for their managers and single rooms for the rest 3 members of each team)."



4. As we have described in our email of 27 December, if the organiser's proposal will come from a country other than USA and Russia with a net prize fund of at least 250,000 USD, FIDE will accept this proposal and sign contracts with the organiser.



If a proposal comes from USA or Russia, then FIDE will give a 2-month period to the original organiser, the Bulgarian Federation, to check if they can match the offer coming from your side. If they cannot, the match will be organised in USA or Russia. If the Bulgarian Federation can match the offer, the event will be organised in Bulgaria.



5. In the following weeks we should finalise the contract which will be signed by you, Topalov and FIDE which will cover all sides concerning

a) fair treatment of both players in respect of organisational issues,

b) equal playing conditions

c) anti-cheating measures

d) fair publicity of both players through the event's press office.



At the same time we will prepare, in co-operation with your side and Topalov's, the contract which will be signed by FIDE and the organiser. If you or Topalov believe that the players should also sign the contract between FIDE and the organiser, FIDE has no objection on this issue.



I think that all the above satisfy your requests to the highest possible extent and I would like you to agree with the whole procedure. I am therefore expecting a written confirmation from your side.



Last but not least, I would like to bring into attention a very important matter for FIDE. If the event is organised in USA, then FIDE would prefer the participation of the USCF in the preparation and organisation of the match.



Best regards,



Georgios Makropoulos

2 commentaires:

david santos a dit…

Thanks for your posting and have a good day!

david santos a dit…

Thanks for your posting and have a good day.