And what would a chess world championship match be without its share of drama?
This year’s match pits the World Champion from India, Viswanathan Anand versus the Bulgarian challenger, Veselin Topalov.
It’s being held in Sofia. For those geographically ignorant, Sofia is in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is in Europe. And for those of you news ignorant, Europe’s air service has been severely disrupted due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Because of all the travel problems, Anand asked for the match to be delayed for 3 days so he could arrive with enough time to get accommodated.
As I see it, there’s no problem with Anand asking for the extension; it’s not unreasonable. But the organizers have every right to insist the match starts on time. Chess doesn’t seem to be sponsor-rich or flush with money, so any effort that can be made to reduce the inconvenience for the sponsors should be made.
It should be noted Anand is not flying in from India; he is currently in Germany. There are other options to get to Sofia besides plane. He can find a way.