Breaking news: Kramnik vs Leko in September

1/28/2004 – The Swiss tobacco company Dannemann has just announced that the Classical Chess World Championship between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko will be staged from September 25 to October 18, at a still to be disclosed location. Here are first details...

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The Classical Chess World Championship will be held (possibly at the Centro Dannemann in Brissago, on the shores of the Lago Maggiore, Switzerland) from September 25 until October 18, 2004. A total of 14 games is to be played under classical time controls. Vladimir Kramnik is defending the title he won from Garry Kasparov in 2000 against Hungarian GM Peter Leko, who qualified at the Dortmund Candidates in 2002.

Centro Dannemann has revealed that an agreement was reached with both players today on the conditions of the match and the world-wide rights on this event. The players, co-sponsors and the exact location of the match will be revealed in a special presentation in April or May 2004. Invitations will go out next week.

Hans Leusen, the president of Dannemann Brazil, stated today: “Chess and Dannemann stand for tradition, international culture and zest for life. Following the successful Dannemann Chess Classicos 2003 and 2004, the organisation of the world championship is a high point in our participation in this sport.” Up-to-date information on the Chess Classico and the coming world championship can always be found at the Dannemann web site.

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