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Kramnik, Vladimir

Vladimir Kramnik, born June 25, 1975, is a Russian Grandmaster (1992) and world champion (2000-2007) who defeated Garry Kasparov in 2000 in the Brain Games World Championship in London.This was the 14th World Chess Championship.This was the first occasion in world championship history that the defending champion was not able to win a single game.Kramnik won 2 games and drew 13.He was world youth champion under 18 in 1991.He was the winner of the first “Intel Speed Chess Grand Prix” in 1994.He won the Chess Oscar in 2000.He drew a chess match in 2002 with the Deep Fritz chess program in Bahrain and collected $800,000 for his efforts. In 2004, he defended his WC title by drawing a 14-game match with Peter Leko. In 2006, he lost to Deep Fritz with the score of 0 wins, 2 losses, and 4 draws. In 2006, he defeated Veselin Topalov in a reunification match with FIDE.

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