Kramnik's choice: the DGT ChessLab

by ChessBase
2/3/2005 – The Dutch company DGT is known for its digital chess equipment – chess clocks and sensor boards, used in tournaments all over the world. On Tuesday Vladimir Kramnik visited the company to endorse a chessboard, clock – and to do a first trial session with the new DGT teaching system. We have a video clip.

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Press release

DGT Projects, the world leading company in the development and distribution of digital chess equipment, announce a long term co-operation with World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia).

A new DGT product line “Kramnik's choice” including a rosewood electronic chess board, a set of brand new chess pieces and the latest innovation of digital chess clock, DGT XL “Kramnik”, will be available by June 1st.

Vladimir Kramnik examining "his" DGT clock

The World Chess Champion takes actively part in the development of new digital chess equipment. Director of DGT Albert Vasse said: “We are very happy to use the experience of chess professionals of the highest level, in order to further improve our products”.

Kramnik himself is using the products of DGT for competition and preparation on a regular basis. He identifies with the aim of DGT Projects to bring the highest quality into the world of chess.

A view of the DGT ChessLab (from the vantage of the teacher)

The agreements include the patronage of the 29 years old Moscovite over the first “DGT ChessLab classroom” in Enschede (Netherlands). The “DGT ChessLab” is fully equipped with electronic boards. The traditional demonstration board is replaced by a projection screen and all activities on the student boards are registered by the computer.

In the future DGT Projects plans to provide the concept of the “ChessLab” to all interested chess schools and federations world wide.

Vladimir Kramnik teaching pupils in the ChessLab

On Tuesday Kramnik officially opened the classroom by giving a lesson to a selected group of talented young players from the Enschede region. The World Chess Champion demonstrated his exiting game against Alexander Grischuk, played just three days before at the Corus tournament. The Grandmaster answered all kinds of questions by the young Dutch players concerning his career and gave advise how to improve their game and fast forward their chess development.

Students enthralled by Kramnik's lecture

DGT Projects, founded in 1993, developed the DGT 2000, the official FIDE electronic chess clock. The DGT electronic chess board and ToMa software are the standard equipment to live internet broadcasting. Website:

DGT engineers Hermen Reitsma and Ben Bulsink working on the board

Vladimir Kramnik, born 25 June 1975, became the 14th World Chess Champion by defeating Garry Kasparov, London 2000, defended his title against Peter Leko, 2004 in Brissago, Switzerland. Website:

Photos by Jeroen van den Belt

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