World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik
After defending the title
of Classical World Chess Champion a few months ago against Peter Leko,
I consider it important now to state my position regarding the current
discussion about the World Chess Championship.
First of all, I would like
to make it clear that I will not participate in the FIDE Championship,
which is planned to take place this Fall in Argentina.
In the agreement that was
signed in Prague by, among others, FIDE and myself, it was clearly stated
that the Classical World Champion, eventually determined by my final
match with Peter Leko, was qualified to play a unification match against
the winner of the final match for the FIDE World Championship.
I fail to see any reason why
the cancellation of the final FIDE match should influence my position
on the agreed unification process. It is therefore incomprehensible that
FIDE included me in the list of possible participants – a decision
clearly in conflict with our existing agreement. Just for the record:
FIDE did not even inform me before doing so.
Nevertheless, I am still ready
to complete the unification process in the spirit of the Prague agreement.
Therefore, the organization of a match between the winner of the FIDE
event in Argentina and myself could be a solution to break the deadlock.
I want to make it clear that I would be ready to participate in such
a unification match.
In the event that FIDE will
not demonstrate any willingness to follow the agreed process of unification,
I will start discussing proposals with interested partners, in order
to defend my title in accordance with the classical line of the World
World Chess Champion
April 28th, 2005