Common Press Statement by Vladimir Kramnik and Carsten Hensel

We would like to inform you that we will not extend our contract which is ending on 31 December 2008.

We would like to stress that our decision had already been made some months prior to the 2008 World Chess Championship match in Bonn, Germany.

This agreement was not caused by any kind of personal problem between us.

Our amicable relationship and mutual respect remains and is in no way affected by this step.

The main reason for the decision was simply that both of us are looking ahead for new challenges and priorities in our professional as well as in our private life.

We would like to confirm that Vladimir Kramnik is still definitely eager to continue his professional chess career.

Carsten Hensel will concentrate more intensively on the organization of high level events. He remains the manager of International Grandmaster Peter Leko.

Paris/Dortmund, 22 December 2008

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