Here is an excerpt of the letter from Mr. Stephen Boyd to Chess Today about why GM-elect Marie Sebag, French #1 female player, and one of the top seeds in the Women’s World Championship, did not attend.

“Dear Alexander,

I think maybe you wanted more information about Marie Sebag and why she didn’t go to Nalchik…

Marie Sebag had in fact every intention of going, but with the dramatic situation in the region she went to see our foreign ministry. She was strongly warned not to go and she took their advice…

Yours sincerely,
Stephen Boyd, International Arbiter”

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