All India Chess Federation (AICF), the Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and the World Chess Federation (FIDE) signed an MoU on 19 April 2013 for the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, which is scheduled to be held from 6 November 2013 to 26 November 2013 in Chennai.
This is for the first time that the World Chess Championship match will be held in India and it came to Chennai without bidding. FIDE Chief Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in 2012, met Jayalalithaa for hosting the match in India, but its bid was lesser than Russia’s. However, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, despite this, offered the event to Chennai without the bid. This happened for the first time in the history of World Chess Championship.
The organising rights of the event were given by FIDE to the private firm called AGON. AGON will be responsible for securing the sponsors of the event.