The sanctions imposed on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov by the U.S. Department of the Treasury have made big problems for FIDE. This has been claimed by RCF President Andrey Filatov yesterday at his interview to the
"Of course, this is not nice", Filatov says. "In general, I believe sanctions are not the proper mechanism. If you want to blame someone you should go to court, because any sanctions must be justified".
Moreover, according to Filatov, it's already unclear if the World Championship match takes place in the USA.
"The negotiations were stopped after the USA had imposed the sanctions on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. No agreement has been reached yet, and the final decision shall be taken in March. However, I hope that the World Championship will be held in the USA, and the one to award the new champion will be Kirsan Ilyumzhinov", Filatov says, also admitting that winning the case against the U.S. Department of the Treasury will be "quite a difficult task".
At the same time, Ilya Merenzon has refuted this claim in his Twitter account:
Regarding World Chess Championship match in the US and recent statement by Andrey Filatov that talks are suspended: absolutely not the case.— merenzon (@merenzon) January 13, 2016
By his next tweet, Merenzon gave the link to the official statement by Agon, which runs:
"Today, Russian Sports New Agency (R-Sport) published an interview with Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation, where he stated that 'talks to hold the 2016 World Chess Championship Match in the US are on hold'.
Agon, which holds rights to organize the match, would like to inform the media that statement by RCF President is not accurate. The Match will take place in the US on November 9 – November 30, 2016, negotiations with host cities are in the final stage and Agon together with FIDE will announce the host city this month".
Let us remind you that Andrey Filatov is also the captain of the Russian men's chess team since the beginning of 2016. "I'm already on duty", he confirms. "My goal is to create the team that will win gold at the Olympiad. I've already started talks with some of the players, telling them what they should do so that in Baku we get the team which is really united".
Another claim made by Filatov in the interview was his proposal to change the regulations of the World Championship match. No one has refuted it yet:
"What is my main idea? It is to combine two different systems - the current system and the one that existed before 1948, namely when the world champion had the right to accept any challenge", Filatov says. "For instance, if Carlsen would like to put his title at stake, he should be given the right to play the match with the prize money shared 50-50 between him and FIDE. If this gives chess enormous popularity, if the match is held according to FIDE regulations - this might be possible. The analogy could be drawn between this and the Alekhine - Capablanca match, when Alekhine became the champion after he had raised the money for the match and Capablanca accepted his challenge.
Who could be the challenger? Anyone - for example, Bill Gates. Why not? I think this could help promote chess, create an interesting plot, and also lead to a burst in the bookmaking. It could also make FIDE a rich organization.
The decision shall be taken by the world champion and FIDE. If the champion has nothing against such a financially beneficial match, he could accept the challenge and become a rich person in case he wins. [...]
As the RCF President, I'm interested to discuss this idea with the sponsors, so that the Russian champion would be the first to get the right for this match. Russia is ready to come first with its bid. Why not?"
According to Filatov, this is not just an idea, as he has already addressed this proposal to the FIDE Presidential Board.