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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Norway Chess Open 2014: Vladimir Kramnik Confirms Participation

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Hello everyone,

The official website of the Norway Chess Open (slated for June) has announced that former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia has now confirmed his participation in the event. He is currently number three both on FIDEs official rating list and on the live rating, with 2787 points.

Vladimir Kramnik (born 25 June 1975) was the Classical World Chess Champion from 2000 to 2006, and the undisputed World Chess Champion from 2006 to 2007. In October 2000, he defeated Garry Kasparov in a match in London, and became the Classical World Chess Champion. In 2006 he defeated reigning FIDE World Chess Champion, Veselin Topalov, in a match that unified World Chess Championship and Classic Chess Championship titles after Kasparov broke with FIDE in 1993. Thus Kramnik became the first undisputed world champion with both the FIDE and Classical World Champion title. In 2007, he lost the title to Vishy Anand.

The world ‘s top five for Norway Chess!
This means that all of the worlds top five players are coming to the Stavanger region in June; Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and Fabiano Caruana. Furthermore, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler are confirmed. These two are now respectively number nine and ten on the live rating list. The american Hikaru Nakamura has not yet confirmed, but regardless of this Norway Chess likely to be a very strong, perhaps the strongest chess tournament ever.

Official website of the Norway Chess Open 2014

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