Kramnik quits professional chess

Kramnik quits professional chess

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Today is a sad day for the chess world. GM and WCH Kramnik decides to retire from competitive chess. 

Right after 2019's Tata Steel, it is official. He says that he has kept it hidden for months. He is 43 years old. He had a peak rating of 2817 in October 2016. He has won three gold medals in the olympiad, and a few individual ones too. In 2000, Kramnik beat Kasparov for the world champion title. Then he defended it from Peter Leko and Topalov, until Anand took it in 2007. He also won the chess Oscar in 2000. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwnYfp9oLdE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZx--GqFwls

He also won the 2013 Tata Steel and got 2nd in the London Chess Classic 2012. He played matches with strong players, such as: Andreikin, Levon, etc. He tied with Magnus in the 2013 Candidate tournament too. He has won a lot of other events.

  • 1990 Russian Championship, Kuibyshev (classical) I
  • 1991 World Championship (U18), Guarapuava (classical) I
  • 1992 Chalkidiki (classical) 7½/11 I
  • 1994 Overall result PCA Intel Grand Prix'94 I
  • 1995 Dortmund (classical) 7/9 I
  • 1995 Horgen (classical) 7/10 I–II
  • 1995 Belgrade (classical) 8/11 I–II
  • 1996 Monaco 16/22 I
  • 1996 Dos Hermanas (classical) 6/9 I–II
  • 1996 Dortmund (classical) 7/9 I–II
  • 1997 Dos Hermanas (classical) 6/9 I–II
  • 1997 Dortmund (classical) 6½/9 I
  • 1997 Tilburg (classical) 8/11 I–III
  • 1998 Wijk aan Zee (classical) 8½/13 I–II
  • 1998 Dortmund (classical) 6/9 I–III
  • 1998 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 15/22 I
  • 1999 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 14½/22 I
  • 2000 Linares (classical) 6/10 I–II
  • 2000 Dortmund (classical) 6/9 I–II
  • 2001 Match Kramnik vs. Leko (rapidplay) 7–5
  • 2001 Match Botvinnik memorial Kramnik vs. Kasparov (classical) 2–2
  • 2001 Match Botvinnik memorial Kramnik vs Kasparov (rapidplay) 3–3
  • 2001 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 15/22 I–II
  • 2001 Match Kramnik vs. Anand (rapidplay) 5–5
  • 2001 Dortmund (classical) 6½/10 I–II
  • 2002 Match Advanced Chess Kramnik vs. Anand (León) 3½–2½
  • 2003 Linares (classical) 7/12 I–II
  • 2003 Cap d'Agde (France)
  • 2004 Handicap Simul (classical)
  • 2004 Kramnik vs. National Team of Germany 2½–1½
  • 2004 Linares (classical) 7/12 I
  • 2004 Monaco (overall result) 14½/22 I–II
  • 2006 Gold medal at Turin Olympiad with overall best performance (2847) 7/10
  • 2006 Dortmund (classical) 4½/7 I
  • 2007 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 15½/22 I
  • 2007 Dortmund (classical) 5/7 I
  • 2007 Tal Memorial 6½/9 I
  • 2009 Dortmund 6½/9 I
  • 2009 Zürich (rapidplay) 5/7 I
  • 2009 Tal Memorial 6/9 I
  • 2010 President's Cup in Baku (rapidplay) 5/7 I–III
  • 2010 Bilbao Grand Slam final 4/6 I
  • 2011 Dortmund 7/10 I
  • 2011 Hoogeveen 4½/6 I
  • 2011 London Chess Classic 6/8 I
  • 2013 Chess World Cup 2013

Tata Steel was a bad tournament for him, and he has to end on it, including a loss in Round 13 vs Shankland. He got two wins in a row in Round 11 and 12, and he drew Magnus.

                                      He played a very nice match vs Kasparov in 2000.

It was a 15 game match. They drew 13 games, and Kramnik won two games with white. The final score was 8.5:6.5 for Kramnik.

Overall, Kramnik has been a very important player in chess history. He has won a lot of awards, titles, tournaments, etc. He is one of the best chess players in the world. But, I guess it is his time to retire, sadly.

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