Originally posted by Jie
If I get this correctly, it is Kamsky's manager Alexander Chernenko who offered a $750,000 prize fund in Ukraine but who then failed to get bank guarantees. Now Kamsky is blaming FIDE. Why can't he ask himself the simple question, why did his manager make such a bid, their plans fell through and he blames FIDE? Perhaps he should look a little closer to home?
There are two issues here, money and venue, although they might be partially linked. I think this is a situation where the fault lies with more than one person. Yeah, Kamsky's manager does seem to have dropped the ball on the money end of it. However, Kirsan personally guaranteed the money and the match venue, and is now reneging on his guarantee. Kinda stinks all around, if you ask me. It just seems to me that with about every other step that FIDE makes, they step in it big time. And it goes back to my previouus statement that Kirsan just does what he wants to do and doesn't care about the repercussions.
Edit - If FIDE didn't like Chernenko's empty promises, the responsible thing for FIDE to do would have been to put a quick deadline on Chernenko's money and then promptly deal with the issue when the deadline was missed. Instead, FIDE is addressing the issue at the last minute and trying to strongarm the players into agreements without them knowing any details.