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.

 

 

 

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