Turnovo, Bulgaria, also a possibility
The US Chess Federation wants to organize the semi final match of the World Chess Championship 2008 between Gata kamsky and Veselin Topalov, reported Zhivko Ginchev for Focus news agency. He continues, “There has been a decision the match to take place in Sofia. But FIDE position is that USA has until March 31 to make a bid. If it is bigger than that of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian side has the chance to equalize it and keep the match in Sofia.”
Ginchev informs that yesterday Danailov has had a meeting with the Bulgarian sports minister Vesela Lecheva, and they have discussed the possibility the match to take place near Turnovo, the old capital in Bulgaria. Expect photos from the region later on Chessdom. We will also seek for official confirmation of the information from the US side and from FIDE officials.
Update: Susan Polgar has just sent us a message, saying, “I am aware that some private organizers / sponsors expressed interests in bringing the Topalov – Kamsky match to the United States. However, as far as I know, there is no current plan for the USCF to bid for this match.”