The opening ceremony for the World Championship will be held today. The first round, however, has been delayed one day until Saturday due to Europe's air transportation crisis and Anand's resulting late arrival in Sofia. Georgios Makropoulos, Deputy President of the FIDE, stated there was an impasse in resolving a dispute over the start time of the match. This dispute likely involved a tension between Anand asking for three days and the Bulgarians offering none. Makropoulos decided to delay the first round one day, which seems the easy and best decision.
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