Statement of 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.
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.”