The official website of the Norway Chess Tournament 2013 informed that Vladimir Kramnik will no longer be part of the line-up in the strong event, and that he will be replaced by Peter Svidler.
The organizers mentioned that they “received a nice letter from the Russian Chess Federation where they politely asked that we let Kramnik cancel their contract with us because of his very busy schedule this spring”.
When the confirmation that Peter Svidler would be the substitute, the organizers accepted the proposal graciously.
The press release clarifies that the relations with Vladimir Kramnik are intact.
The new list of participants:
Jon Ludvig Hammer