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phpgyyJVz.jpegVladimir Kramnik has withdrawn from the inaugural Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament to be held from 7-18 May in Stavanger, Norway.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


Peter Svidler and Vladimir Kramnik at the recent Candidates tournament



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:


# 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


Norway Chess 2013 Schedule.jpg


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

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  • 4 years ago


    1 anand

    2 aronian

    3 svidler

    4 blah blah

    5 blah blah

    6 blah blah

    7 blah blah

    8 blah blah

    9 blah blah

    10 magnus carlsen

  • 4 years ago


    @kingcrash :  you have to check the opinions of professional you don't have the level yet to analyse and say who deserve to win the tournaments.. Take for exemple the comments of the CURRENT WORLD CHAMPION ANAND :

    "...At the moment I feel unbelievably sympathetic towards Vlady. It was not like I was rooting for him as my opponent, but by round 13 I felt he was the one who deserved to win and his chess had impressed me the most. He had really changed his chess and style for the event. Magnus was doing what he always does and being very good at it. He is simply an unbelievable player. But Vlady was doing unbelievable stuff on the board, coming up every day with new ideas, playing brilliantly. He is in the 30s and he has been the most successful in fighting this.."

    "... the tragedy of the tournament is in some sense Kramnik, not that Magnus didn't deserve to win, but if Vlady had pulled it off, he would have proven something..."

    Carlsen is a great idole for you and many other fans, his style remind us on Karpov, he is brilliant in the 'jockeying' or manoeuvring phase. One day he can be world champion no doubt about that, but in this tournament, Kramnik was just a head of any others and deserved to regain world champion crown.

  • 4 years ago


    Svidler is one of the strongest players on the planet.

  • 4 years ago


    Kramnik was just disapointed after his loss to the Candidates tournament. He has well prepared and always had the best positions to win when his adversaries (Including Carlsen) was just defending hard to get a not deserved draw. So even winning norway tournament will not make him happy.. Shame to The guy who created the new rule of tie break. And Shame to Radjabov who gave carlsen a gift in 100 % drawn position by repition..

    Maybe Radja commes here to take another check from Carlsen to help him winning again !

  • 4 years ago


    it probably is really strenuius

  • 4 years ago


    I would think that GM Kramnik would be more than happy to have another chance to mop GM Topalov up rather than avoid him for personal reasons (ie because Topalov is a world-class ahole) BUT I can see where other factors such as cold hard cash/endorsements and so on might influence him to avoid meeting Topalov again, sad as that may make him - NOT!

  • 4 years ago


    Maybe Kramnik just wants to avoid an encounter with Topalov.

  • 4 years ago


    It is odd that the RCF (Russian Chess Federation) arranges plans and makes negotiations on behalf of Kramnik and Swidler. Are not they free citizens who are responsible for themselves?

  • 4 years ago


    Natalia, I like you very much. You are very beautiful woman. Anyway, don't you think that when Kramnik plays Topalov he can't realy sit on his chair and is tempted to go some places, and this somehow affected his personal score?

  • 4 years ago


    Kramnik is such a sore loser!

  • 4 years ago


    I expect the well-heeled sponsors are supplying more than enough in the way of prizes, appearance fees, and perquisites to offset what Nakamura might make IF he won the US title again.

  • 4 years ago


    I was one of the 1% of people that picked Peter Svidler to win the Candidates Tournament before it started.  I would love to see him play for the World Championship one day.  He is a great player.  

  • 4 years ago


    After a crazy Candidates tourney, I can see the top 3 players taking it easy. Maybe Anand will turn up the heat to scare the young buck. 

  • 4 years ago


    @maxwg, magnus is beatable yes but remember he had to take risk which he took against peter & chucky ...i don't think in this tournament in particular peter can take him down like on the candidates.but we will see :) 

  • 4 years ago


    Can't wait to see the Carlsen/Anand matchup.

  • 4 years ago


    This will be war to the highest level!

  • 4 years ago


    Let us speak plainly here.  Nakamura is the big elephant in the room that everyone is trying to ignore, but everyone is focused on, nonetheless.  Nakamura passed up a great and relatively "easy" payday for himself in by-passing the U.S. Chess Championship.  He's kissing the national title goodbye.  Wonder if he's also burnt his bridges behind him?  If he doesn't do well in this event, meaning WINNING or tying for first place in Norway, he will have a lot of egg on his face, and will have insulted the big money sponsor of the USCF championships, Rex Sinquefield, among others...

  • 4 years ago


    I think Aronian will win this one. Anand and Carlsen will take it easy and will not unleash any novelties. I also hope Radjabov rebounds here. Am I the only one who misses Gelfand and Chucky?

  • 4 years ago


    Go hammer!

  • 4 years ago


    1. Sergey Karjakin

    2. Magnus Carlsen 

    3. Peter Svidler

    4. Hikaru Nakamura

    5. Viswanathan Anand 

    6. Levon Aronian

    7. Teimour Radjabov

    8. Ludwig jon Hammer

    9. Wang Hao

    10. Veselin Topalev

    Karjakin is probably angry about not being invited to the Candidates and is going to perform really well. Carlsen has showed that he is beatable. Svidler's was on fire at the candidates. Nakamura is the wildcard I expect him to finish with 5.5 or 6.0. Anand is probably worried about playing Carlsen and it might effect his performance. I bet Aronian is upset about the candidates and will drop a game or two with white. Same with Radjabov. Hammer should well outperform his rating but playing in such a strong field has to be tough. Both Hao and Topalev havn't had the greatest performences lately (Excluding Hao's win at Dortmund) and they might both drop games to Hammer. These are my predictions. 

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