The Vladimir Kramnik Web Site

8/30/2004 – While classical chess world champion Vladimir Kramnik and his challenger Peter Leko have gone into seclusion, preparing for their match which starts in less than a month from now, the former has launched a new web site devoted to his biography, games, interviews and photos. More...

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The title page of the Kramnik web site contains latest news and a chess calendar of events in which the classical chess world champion is participating (the next is the said world championship against Peter Leko in Brissago in September). The news at the time of writing includes profiles of the contenders, an article on the chess world champions ("A Test of Strength of the Super Brains"), regulations for the September match and Joel Lautier's press statement on the ACP tour in Dortmund. There is also a message board with a special Kramnik Fan Forum.

The links take you to a short biography of the 29-year-old chess genius, which includes factoids like his record Guinness record of being unbeaten at the highest level of chess in 80 consecutive classical games (in the period of 18 months up to July 2000). In November 2000 Kramnik reached the zenith of his career in London by beating Garry Kasparov 8.5:6.5 and becoming the 14th world chess champion. Kasparov had worn the title for 15 year and survived five challenges before succumbing to Kramnik.

The "Games" link produces three annotated games (two by Illescas, one by IM Angel Martín) as well as download files of 1,500 Kramnik games. The "Interviews" section has one interview, conducted by the German news portal Spiegel Online on 21/06/2004. "Photos" takes you to a photo gallery with shots from Dortmund 2004, Chess and boxing champions, the Dannemann World Championship Site, the Classical Chess World Championship 2004 presentation in Hamburg, Kramnik in Bahrain, Dortmund 2002 and the America Cup by Internet 2001.


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