We are sad to inform you that Mr. Kramnik is not playing in Norway Chess, but very happy to inform that Peter Svidler is!
We received a nice letter from the Russian chess Federation with polite request if we could let Mr. Kramnik cancel his contract due to his very busy schedule this spring.
After receiving Mr. Svidler’s sporty acceptance, we found no good reason to be difficult.
With Mr. Svidler on board, a 6-time winner of the Russian Championship, and he beat Magnus in their last game, we believe the tournament will be one of the best …ever.
We hope to see Mr. Kramnik in Norway at a later stage.