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Svidler Replaces Kramnik In Norway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/14/13, 10:45 AM.

phpgyyJVz.jpegVladimir Kramnik has withdrawn from the inaugural Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament to be held from 7-18 May in Stavanger, Norway.

The RCF (Russian Chess Federation) approached the tournament organisers to request that Kramnik be released from his obligation so that he could play in the Tal Memorial instead.

This is slightly odd, since the dates for the two tournaments don't overlap - the Tal Memorial is scheduled for 12-24 June. However, Kramnik is also playing in the new Alekhine Memorial tournament starting soon (20 April - 1 May) and felt it was too strenuous to take on all 3 events.

Besides, Kramnik also reportedly has other promotional commitments during May, and keeping the Russian sponsors happy was clearly a major consideration for the RCF. From Kramnik's point of view, he may also have been happy to avoid playing Veselin Topalov in the Norway tournament.

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Peter Svidler and Vladimir Kramnik at the recent Candidates tournament

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The Norway organisers graciously agreed, accepting the RCF's offer of Peter Svidler as a replacement:

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 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.


Peter Svidler is an excellent replacement, but it's still a great shame for Norway that their best laid plans have been disrupted. The revised Norway 2013 line-up and rankings look like this:

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# Name  Fed Elo  Rank
1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2872 1
2 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2809 3
3 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2793 4
4 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2786 5
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2783 6
6 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2771 8
7 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2767 9
8 Svidler, Peter RUS  2747 14
9 Wang, Hao  CHN  2743 16
10 Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR  2631 141

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The official Norway 2013 website is here. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill.

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Comments


  • 17 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Go Sergey!!,GO GO GO GO GO!!,I like Sergey,stay off the shit though man,and win the tournament,Im with Sergey!!!!

  • 17 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Go Sergey!!,I like Sergey!

  • 17 months ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    "From Kramnik's point of view, he may also have been happy to avoid playing Veselin Topalov in the Norway tournament."

    Kramnik has been asked this question before. He said that, given Topalov's rather high rating and their personal score, he is always happy to play Veselin. Laughing It's just that they are usually not invited to the same tournaments.

  • 17 months ago

    dzindzifan

    After seeing Svidler in form at the Candidates, there is no more worthy replacement in my mind!  I wish him the best ... but I'm going for the ultimate Underdog, and chess.com contributor,  GM John Ludwig Hammer!  The GM in Magnus' shadow. 

  • 17 months ago

    tvvssprao

    1 2 4 6 8 9 10 12 16 141....

  • 17 months ago

    cheetahch

    weel for that, go anand

  • 17 months ago

    MatchStickKing

    All eyes on his Anand vs Carlsen :0)

  • 17 months ago

    cheetahch

    go aronian

  • 17 months ago

    Zinsch

    Wow, that's a sick line up. Even with Kramnik out.

  • 17 months ago

    Am1nOS

    Cool cool cool.. Svidler is in a superb form and definitly gonna win the tournament because Anand and Carlsen are more concentrate about the championship match.. They will use that tournament to test new techniques and lines to prepare well for the match..

    Despite the fact that Kramnik is the strong player in the world at the moment time (Look at what he has acheived in the last candidates tournament, Carlsen was just lucky) and he will not participate, I think Svidler will go all the way and will replace him very well.

    Good Luck Svidler !

  • 17 months ago

    BloodyJack

    Oh and @EvanTheTerrible: At no point could this tournament have had 9 of the top 10 players, not with Hammer and Wang Hao

  • 17 months ago

    BloodyJack

    Svidler is #9 now in live ratings, so this is still one heck of a strong tournament.

    In fact based on live ratings this tournament will have 7 of the top 10 players, Radjabov having taken a gigantic drop from the candidates.

  • 17 months ago

    Twobit

    These schedules were well known in advance. Using the argument that Kramnik has to keep his RCF sponsors happy is a little disrespectful to the Norwegians. I think Kramnik was in no mood to have to face Carlsen again (while the lack of tie break at the candidates debate is still brewing). But Svidler is an excellent replacement.

  • 17 months ago

    EvanTheTerrible

    I am very excited for this tournament. Now, unfortunately, the tournament directors cannot say that they had the 9 highest rated players in the world. Though, Svidler is an excellent replacement. He has been on fire in recent months.

  • 17 months ago

    Alexdelaware

    This is even better;  Magnus would try to revenge his loss to Svidler. I can't wait. :)

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