Judit Polgar and Luke McShane Were Invited to the Grand Prix, While Magnus Carlsen Decided not to Play Due to a "Very Busy Schedule"

Время публикации: 19.07.2012 12:19 | Последнее обновление: 19.07.2012 12:19

The website Chessvibes reports the details connected to the new FIDE Grand Prix Series. Espen Agdestein, the manager of Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, explained world #1 player's refusal on participation in the series:

"For Magnus it was difficult to participate this time due to a very busy schedule. For 2012, he has long planned to take part in the Final Masters in Sao Paulo/Bilbao and in the London Classic. As these have conflicting dates with the two GP tournaments in 2012 it's impossible to do both.

For the first half of 2013, Magnus plans to participate in the Tata Steel Tournament, the Candidate, Stavanger and the Tal Memorial. Trying to combine these with playing three GP's during the same period will definitely be a too tough schedule.

Magnus is still part of the cycle as he plans to participate in the 2013 Candidate tournament and probably also the 2013 World Cup in Tromsø."

The website also mentions that Andrew Paullson has invited to the series Judit Polgar and Luke McShane. "He even tried to persuade Garry Kasparov for a sensational comeback to chess, but thus far he didn't manage..." writes Chessvibes. As we got to know the negotiations were also held with the World Champion Viswanathan Anand, however they turned out to be unsuccessful. 



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