Vladimir Kramnik Explains Why He Declined the Grand Chess Tour

Время публикации: 25.04.2015 19:02 | Последнее обновление: 25.04.2015 21:09

Vladimir Kramnik has explained why his name is missing from the participants for the recently-announced Grand Chess Tour. The ex-champion said it is due to the tournament commitments he already has for this year. 

"There are events for which I have already signed up. In addition, there is a very important World Cup, which will be my last chance to reach the Candidates. If I were to sign up for three more events, then I would not see my family at all and I am already at the age where that matters to me. I would have been happy to play in the Grand Chess Tour, but ideally, I would have liked to choose just two of the three events. But the rules are that I would have to play all three and that, unfortunately, I cannot do." 

As well as the eight players named last night, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave today confirmed that he has accepted an invitation to be the ninth.    


  


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