Kramnik drops out of Wijk Super-Tournament

1/5/2006 – Classical chess world champion Vladimir Kramnik will not be playing in the Corus Tournament in Wijk aan Zee (13-29 January 2006). In a statement issued today Kramnik cites a health crisis that makes it necessary for him to undertake serious clinical treatment. It will take a few months before he can return to normal competitive chess. Press statement.

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Statement by Vladimir Kramnik:

“I would like to inform the chess community that due to health problems I shall not be able to participate in the Corus Chess Tournament 2006.

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A couple of years ago a form of arthritis was diagnosed. This disease causes painful inflammation in the joints. Unfortunately since that time, the symptoms have started to appear more often and with greater severity.

A new recent crises makes it necessary to undertake serious clinical treatment. Solving the present problem within a few months will allow me to come back and enjoy competitive chess at the highest level.

I want to stress clearly, that – as always – I am eager to continue and enhance my chess career. There are still many goals to achieve.”

Note: The illness Kramnik suffers from, as far as we know, is Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is a rheumatic disease that typically afflicts men between 15-30, causing arthritis of the spine and sacroiliac joints. It can also cause inflammation of the eyes, lungs, and heart valves. Early, accurate diagnosis and therapy may minimize years of pain and disability. Medical treatment consists of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and a strict regimen of rest, proper sleep and walking positions, abdominal and back exercises.

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