This is an open letter first published by ChessBase

Manager of GM Gata Kamsky
Postal Address: Kovpaka str. 17, app. 131. Kiev, Ukraine, 03150.
Private office: Phone: +380445694162; Fax: +380445694163.
International mobile phone: +37253687587; Mobile in Ukraine: +380504628674.

Date: November 13, 2008.Re: Kamsky-Topalov match

I was asked several times from several sides to give my point of view regarding the financing of the match Kamsky-Topalov from my side. It is especially topical after FIDE’s letters of November 06 and November 07 blaming me that I lied about availability of funds for the match Kamsky-Topalov in city Lviv in Ukraine.

I don’t want to blame anybody but I would like to explain why the announced amount of USD 935 thousand (including FIDE charges) was not transferred to the FIDE account. At first my sponsors and then I promised to do it, several times. I will explain now why it has not yet happened (the same situation will be with sponsors from the Bulgaria side). The money was and is available now.

The main reason is that FIDE did not present the necessary contracts beforehand: for the match Kamsky-Topalov and for match Anand-Kramnik. We asked about it dozen times. The position of FIDE, money first, is not acceptable for us. We don’t know what kind of “tricks” can be contained in these contracts. As soon as the money will be on FIDE’s account we could not change any issues, and FIDE will push on us to sign the proposed variant.

I see only one way out: conditional transfer. As soon as the contracts will be looked through, and as soon as the contract will be acceptable for everybody (Topalov, Kamsky, FIDE) and will be signed, only after that the money will be lodged to FIDE account.

I will be present at the FIDE Congress as the Manager of GM Gata Kamsky and as a sponsor also. I think we will find a solution to the main issue, and the match will definitely take place. I still hope that will happen in Ukraine (city Lviv). The time that is proposed by the Bulgarian Chess Federation is acceptable.

In the mean time I wish good health to President FIDE Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov after yesterday’s car incident. Also best regards to our counterpart: Mr. Danailov and Mr. Topalov.

Oleksandr Chernenko

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