The hosts behind the Altibox Norway Chess tournament are surprised that Sergey Karjakin withdraws from the upcoming tournament in Stavanger.
– Karjakin has a signed contract with us and it does not state that he can withdraw from the tournament if he qualifies for the World Championship in November, states Jøran Aulin-Jansson.
– This action feels disrespectful to us as the organizers of the event as well as the other players in the tournament, not to mention the entire chess world that were looking forward to the dress rehearsal for the World Championship match between Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen, says Aulin-Jansson.
The message that Karjakin is withdrawing from Altibox Norway Chess was received from the Russian Chess Federation only 12 days before the start of the tournament. Aulin-Jansson makes it clear that the last words in this matter have not been spoken.
– Sergey Karjakin is a great chess player and he is still welcome as a participant in Altibox Norway Chess 2016. He has, after all, won both times he has participated, says Aulin-Jansson.
– Karjakin obviously has a lot of nerves before his first World Championship match, however, we truly wish Karjakin and his advisors understand that one can not just run away from agreements because it suddenly does not fit in preparation for a match that does not start until about half a year later.
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As Kiryllos Zangalis told to journalist Oleg Bogatov, Sergey Karjakin will play in the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, in the Match Russia-China and in the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Gashimov Memorial will take place from 23rd May to 2nd June, there follows the match with China from 10-16th June, the Olympiad from 1-14th September, and finally the World Chess Championship Match from 11-30th November in New York.