There have been a lot of rumors about the upcoming World Championship in Mexico City since the Topalov – Kramnik WC match finished about ten days ago on October 13th 2006. I asked the Chief Organizer and Director of the 2007 World Championship in Mexico City, Mr. Jorge Saggiante about this matter. This was what he told me this morning:
“We have a contract with FIDE to host the 2007 World Championship in Mexico City next fall. We will not permit FIDE to change the format of the World Championship from what that has been agreed to.
We already transferred 100% of the prize funds to FIDE’s account and we have spent a significant amount of money and effort to promote this World Championship. We expect FIDE to stand by their words and honor the contract that we signed.
The people in Mexico are looking forward to an incredibly exciting event. The world will witness one of the most spectacular chess events in history next year in Mexico City.”
As I mentioned before, I have met countless organizers in my 30+ years in chess. Mr. Jorge Saggiante is definitely among one of the most professional organizers that I have ever met. I fully expect the 2007 World Championship in Mexico City to be a fabulous event.