Can this child beat Vladimir Kramnik?

2/27/2002 – Wunderkind David Howell from Seaford, East Sussex, is eleven years old. He was taught the moves at the age of five by his father after they had bought a chess set for £1.00 at a jumble sale. Now David is taking on BGN world champion Vladimir Kramnik in one-to-one contest. The event is being staged by Brain Games partner Einstein. More

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British child prodigy takes on the world classical chess champion

The Einstein Group informs us that 11-year-old British schoolboy David Howell will play the World Classical Chess Champion, Vladimir Kramnik in a blitz chess match. The blitz games, each lasting a maximum of ten minutes (total duration of match – 40 minutes), are an attempt to set a world record. If David draws only one of the games against Kramnik he will go down in history as the youngest person ever to have scored against a reigning World Champion in single combat. David and Vladimir will play for the Einstein Trophy, which will be awarded to David, if he sets a world record.

The match will take place on Friday, 1st March 2002, at The English Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street (off Berkeley Square, near Green Park Tube), London W1J 5ED. A press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., the blitz games at 12:00 midday. Einstein requests all visitors to arrive before midday if you wish to do filming/photography. Interviews can be done after the match. For further information contact Zena Howard on: +44-7989-441293 or by email:

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