Invitation to a world championship

4/28/2004 – The Swiss tobacco manufacturers Dannemann has announced that he classical chess world championship between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko will be held from Sept. 25 to Oct. 18, 2004 in Brissago, on the shores of the Lago Maggiore, Switzerland. Here's the press invitation...

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Invitation Press Conference World Chess Championship 2004

April 27 2004

Dear colleagues of the international press,

we kindly invite you to a press conference on

Wednesday, May 12
at Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

in Hamburg (Germany)
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Classical World Chess Championship will be held 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.

At the press conference you will have interview opportunity with

  • Vladimir Kramnik (World Champion)
  • Peter Leko (Hungarian Grandmaster)
  • Joel Lautier (President of the Association of Chess Professionals / ACP)
  • Hans Leusen (President of Dannemann Brasil)
  • Representative of the Swiss region Ticino

The participants will share information on the

  • details of the competition
  • current questions about professional chess and the world chess championship
  • increasing importance of sponsoring in the chess world
  • current and future new opportunities of electronic participation on mayor chess events
  • planned fringe events during the competition at the Centro Dannemann
  • the registration opportunities for journalists

Please schedule the date. Prior to the press conference at 12:30 you will have the opportunity for photo shootings with the attendees. We kindly ask you to register with the attached Fax form. Please direct your advanced questions to

Jochen Leufen at
Ira Wülfing at
Rosanna Pierantognetti at

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