GM Vladimir Kramnik

Full name
Vladimir Kramnik
Jun 25, 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth
Tuapse, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Best known for dethroning Garry Kasparov, taking both his World Champion title and his number one rating for a time, Vladimir Kramnik has been one of the top players in the world ever since the 1990s began. Repeating as World Champion from 2000-2007, Kramnik became one of the hardest players to beat in chess, using a style that focuses on positional play but also utilized strong preparation and tactical resources. Despite no longer being the World Champion, Kramnik will always be remembered for his incredibly strong play and being Kasparov’s kryptonite.

Vladimir Kramnik learned to play chess at a young age and studied in the Soviet Chess School that Mikhail Botvinnik had set up. His first major success was when he won a gold medal as a reserve for the Russian team in the 1992 Olympiad. The next year he played well in another major tournament and defeated Vassily Ivanchuk who was the third best player in the world at the time. At the beginning of 1996, Kramnik became the number one rated player in the world, ahead of Garry Kasparov. He continued to be ranked number one for a short time, but this did interfere with Kasparov’s reign of almost 20 years being number one in the world. In 2000, Kramnik defeated Kasparov in the World Championship match, a big upset considering that Kasparov had held onto the World Championship title from 1985-2000. Kramnik held onto the World Champion title from 2000-2007 before losing it to Viswanathan Anand. Despite no longer being the World Champion, Kramnik is still rated among the world’s elite, consistently being ranked in the top 10.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (15) : B13 B12 B10 B17 B19
King's Indian Attack (60) : A07 A08
Giuoco Piano Game (31) : C50 C53
Queen's Pawn Opening (52) : D02 D03 D00 A41 A40 A43
Reti Opening (74) : A06 A04 A05 A09
Petrov's Defense (8) : C42
Colle System (6) : D04
Torre Attack (15) : A48 A46
Dutch Defense (7) : A80 A88 A90 A84
Italian Game (10) : C55 C50
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53
Benoni Defense (13) : A56 A77 A57 A61 A70
Catalan Opening (33) : E00 E01 E05 E04
Queen's Gambit Accepted (57) : D20 D27 D25 D26 D28 D21 D24
Queen's Indian Defense (57) : E14 E15 E17 E12
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D71
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (7) : D44
Tarrasch Defense (9) : D32 D34
Four Knights Game (2) : C47
Modern Defense (7) : B06 A42
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Budapest Defense (2) : A51
Pirc Defense (11) : B07 B09 B08
Undefined (1) : A00
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Benko Gambit Declined (2) : A57
Alekhine Defense (1) : B05
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (5) : A57
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Black Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (32) : C53 C50 C54 C51
King's Indian Attack (39) : A07
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (6) : A01
Scotch Game (20) : C44 C45
Reti Opening (16) : A06 A09 A04 A05
Four Knights Game (14) : C46 C47 C48
Vienna Game (9) : C26 C29
Queen's Indian Defense (36) : E18 E15 E12 E14 E19
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
Queen's Pawn Opening (22) : D00 D02 A41 A40 D03
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Indian Game (26) : E10 A45 A46 A50
Bishop's Opening (9) : C24
Scandinavian Defense (19) : B01
Pirc Defense (33) : B07 B08 B09
Trompowsky Attack (7) : A45
Modern Defense (4) : B06 D02 A40
Petrov's Defense (98) : C42 C43
King's Pawn Opening (3) : C44 B00
Catalan Opening (26) : E00 E04 E01 E05
Hungarian Opening (3) : A00
Richter-Veresov Attack (3) : D01
Torre Attack (2) : A46
Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D92 D85 D94
Semi-Slav Defense (96) : D45 D44 D43 D47 D48 D49
Undefined (8) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Caro-Kann Defense (7) : B19 B12 B13 B10
Queen's Gambit Accepted (8) : D20 D21 D27 D24
Benoni Defense (1) : A61
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (9) : D44
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32