Dear Chess Friends,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has now been more than three weeks since I defended my World Champion
title, and I would like to thank all the chess fans for their keen
interest in the match.
In the course of the match I unfortunately contracted an illness that I
have not yet overcome. After the completion of the World Championship,
doctors insisted that I should abstain from any form of competitive chess
until the end of the year, so that the necessary treatment may be
administered without any interruption.
I deeply regret that for the above reason, my participation in the
Russian championship had to be cancelled. I would like to extend my
special thanks to the Russian Chess Federation and to the organizers of
the championship, for the understanding they showed me for the incapacity
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my surprise
at the recent press campaign, in which several people have misrepresented
my stance on the subject of reunification. In the last two and a half
years following the Prague Agreement, FIDE has not only failed to fulfill
the greater part of its obligation, it has also showed disrespect towards
chess players rights in several instances.
It is therefore no wonder that a feeling of distrust towards the
current FIDE leadership has grown among a large group of players,
including myself. Such a state of affairs is not satisfactory and should
not be allowed to continue. I have a principled position regarding many
questions pertaining to further developments in the world of professional
chess players, and I will uphold my views when the time for negotiations
To conclude, I would like to repeat once again for the record: I
have never given up the idea of reunifying the chess world and I am trying
to search for a solution.
With best regards,
Classical World Chess Champion
12th of November 2004