Kramnik, Vladimir

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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.


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    Very good defensive player and endgame specialist. Very difficult to win against. Favourite opening starts with 1. Nf3.

    Has made the Catalan opening to become a dangerous weapon when it was previously thought as harmless.

  • 9 years ago · Quote · #2


    am a fan of his. first saw him in manila olympiad in 1992. he was on board 4 then. kasparov was on board 1, i think. he has come a long way, indeed!
  • 8 years ago · Quote · #3


    actually, it is not true that kramnik was the first in world championship history to beat the defender without losing a game. In the match Lasker-Capablanca (1921) Capablanca did not lose a single game either!

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