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Kramnik on a King Hunt & vs the World Champions
Compiled by visayanbraindoctor
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The Romance of the Chess World Championship Match and the World Champions that won them:

There can only be Two.

The Champion to hold the Title he beat all the masters for.

The Challenger on quest for same Title of yore.

Vladimir Kramnik

The supposedly dull and dry former World Champion embarks on a King Hunt in piece-laden middle games, winning by flushing the hostile King to the center, to the other side of the board, to the middle ranks; or trapping it on the edge or corner. Unrecognized by many chess fans, Kramnik has produced some of the most brilliant tactical games in chess history.

I am doubling this with a Kramnik vs. the World Champions Decisive Games collection.

Kramnik vs Spassky (+0 -0 =1)

Kramnik vs Karpov (+2 -2 =1)

Kramnik vs Kasparov (+5 −4 =40)

Kramnik vs Anand (+7 -9 =59)

Kramnik tied Carlsen (+4 -4 =12)

Kramnik vs World Champions Decisive Games Karpov
Karpov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 40 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs World Champions Decisive Games Karpov
Karpov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 59 moves, 1-0

Kramnik plays like Karpov, against Karpov 1
Kramnik vs Karpov, 1997 
(A17) English, 35 moves, 1-0

Kramnik plays like Karpov, against Karpov 2
Kramnik vs Karpov, 1997 
(A14) English, 39 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs World Champions Decisive Games Kasparov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

A Knight to Remember
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 40 moves, 1-0

A Good Old Fashioned King Hunt vs Kasparov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs World Champions Decisive Games Kasparov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 43 moves, 1-0

Bayoneted! (Kasparov)
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1997 
(E97) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs World Champions Decisive Games Kasparov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1997 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 57 moves, 1-0

The Beginning of the End of an Era
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Kasparov Gets Miniaturized
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs World Champions Decisive Games Kasparov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

1st Decisive Game Between Anand &Kramnik >100moves
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A04) Reti Opening, 108 moves, 0-1

2ndDecisive Game Between Anand &Kramnik >100moves
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(D85) Grunfeld, 101 moves, 1-0

Queen Sac in a Catalan
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Anand, 1997 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Kramnik, 1998 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Kramnik, Master of the Isolani (1)
Kramnik vs Anand, 1999 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 70 moves, 1-0

Even World Champions Blunder
Kramnik vs Anand, 2000 
(A17) English, 65 moves, 1-0

Kramnik, Master of the Isolani (2)
Kramnik vs Anand, 2001 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kramnik, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

A Powerful Catalan Bishop
Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 53 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Quiet Moves
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kramnik, 2013 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Kramnik
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 30 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2010 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2011 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 80 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2013 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 72 moves, 1-0

Young Kramnik, Unrecognized Wonder Boy 1
A Oganyan vs Kramnik, 1984 
(B89) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Young Kramnik, Unrecognized Wonder Boy 2
Kramnik vs Serdyukov, 1984 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 31 moves, 1-0

Young Kramnik, Unrecognized Wonder Boy 3
Zaitsev vs Kramnik, 1986 
(B83) Sicilian, 49 moves, 0-1

Imaginative 12 y.o. Vlad Develops a5, Ra6, Rh6 and Crunch!
I Odesskij vs Kramnik, 1987 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 25 moves, 0-1

The Quenless Pelican Pawnroller Attack
Shilov vs Kramnik, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

When Young Kramnik Played e4 part 1
Kramnik vs A Chjumachenko, 1987 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 32 moves, 1-0

When Young Kramnik Played e4 part 2
Kramnik vs Mayorov, 1987 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 34 moves, 1-0

When Young Kramnik Played e4 part 3
Kramnik vs Otsarev, 1987 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 18 moves, 1-0

Did You Know Kramnik Used to play the Dutch?
M Tataev vs Kramnik, 1989 
(A81) Dutch, 21 moves, 0-1

A Sizzing Sicilian
A Petelin vs Kramnik, 1990 
(B30) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

This Pelican has teeth and can bite
A Kovacevic vs Kramnik, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Burning the Dragon
Kramnik vs B Roselli Mailhe, 1991 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Nuking Nukhim's King
Kramnik vs N Rashkovsky, 1991 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

The Fabulous Pelican - Vlad's Immortal Part 1
M Brodsky vs Kramnik, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Rxc3 rips the Richter-Rauser
A Kveinys vs Kramnik, 1992 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 40 moves, 0-1

Counting on a Slav attack
A Graf vs Kramnik, 1992 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 0-1

King hunt with two rooks part 1
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1993 
(B57) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

Stranding the King in the middle
Kramnik vs Kaidanov, 1993 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Race to mate the Kings
Kramnik vs I Gurevich, 1993 
(A15) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Kingside, Center, Queenside Surge
Kramnik vs J Nogueiras, 1993 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

Driving the King to the middle
Kramnik vs B Abramovic, 1993 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Come out come out, little King
Kramnik vs Lautier, 1993 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Developing the King to f2?
Lautier vs Kramnik, 1993
(A21) English, 45 moves, 0-1

Let's strand the King
Yudasin vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 37 moves, 0-1

Double King hunt, both Kings on the fourth rank
Judit Polgar vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 45 moves, 0-1

Removing all the King's pawns
Kramnik vs Nunn, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Kramnik really likes to strand Kings
Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(A06) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Check Check Check Check Check Resign
Kramnik vs Vaganian, 1995 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Queen and minor pieces atack
Kramnik vs Short, 1995 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

Lets strand another King
Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1995 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

Vlad impales the Sozin
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B57) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Another sizzling Sicilian
Adams vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B56) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

Bayoneted! (Polgar)
Kramnik vs Judit Polgar, 1996 
(E97) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Let me show you how Nf3 should be played!
Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1996 
(A17) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Vlad's Double Bishop attack impales a King part 2
Kramnik vs Hracek, 1996 
(A17) English, 32 moves, 1-0

The Mate of Hanging Pieces - Vlad's Immortal Part 2
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Vlad's Double Bishop attack impales a King part 1
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 0-1

Bayoneted! (Shirov)
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1997 
(E97) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Backranking the King
Kramnik vs Yusupov, 1997 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

Queen and major pieces atack
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1999 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Eating All the King's Pawns
Kramnik vs Lautier, 1998 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Vlad's Double Bishop attack impales a King part 3
Kramnik vs Sadvakasov, 2001 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

I just love to strand Kings
Kramnik vs Timman, 2003 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Let's walk your King to h4 shall we?
Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

One of the best ever King hunts, in an endgame!
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

King hunt with two rooks part 2
Kramnik vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

Major and minor pieces attack
Kramnik vs L Bruzon Batista, 2006 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

Vlad's Double Bishop attack impales a King part 4
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

The Catalan can crush
Kramnik vs Leko, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 39 moves, 1-0

King hunt with two rooks part 3
Kramnik vs E Alekseev, 2007 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Harrassing a King to death
Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2007 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 42 moves, 1-0

I, Vlad, avenge the Petrov!
Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

You Are The Dancing Queen, Only Seventeen
Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2009 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

From Defender to Attacker
Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2009 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 45 moves, 0-1

Kramnik Epic 1: Sometimes the Hunted King Wins
Kramnik vs Ponomariov, 2009 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 81 moves, 1-0

Luke, Your Father.. I am Not - Munch, Crunch, Crush!
McShane vs Kramnik, 2009 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

Let me Pirc Your King in a8
J Smeets vs Kramnik, 2010 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 0-1

Kramnik Tries to Play Like Lasker
Kramnik vs Shirov, 2010 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 1-0

Pawn Roller in a Reverse Benoni Formation
Short vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Kramnik tries to play like Shirov
Shirov vs Kramnik, 2011 
(C45) Scotch Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Playing the Endgame like Capa 1- Prioritize Piece Activity
Kramnik vs A Giri, 2011 
(D85) Grunfeld, 59 moves, 1-0

When All Else Fails, Do the Caveman Attack h4! part 1
Kramnik vs L'Ami, 2011 
(A15) English, 23 moves, 1-0

A Good Old Fashioned King Hunt vs Meier
G Meier vs Kramnik, 2011 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

Be Wary of Sudden King Attacks- Can Change the Course of a Game
Kramnik vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 53 moves, 1-0

Playing the Endgame Like Capa 2- Don't Let Go of the Initiative
Kramnik vs A Giri, 2011 
(D85) Grunfeld, 44 moves, 1-0

Creating Black Holes
A Galkin vs Kramnik, 2011 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 0-1

Bayoneted! (Giri)
Kramnik vs A Giri, 2011 
(E97) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Kramnik Epic 2: A Beautiful Fantasia
Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2011 
(A15) English, 87 moves, 1-0

Kramnik Epic 3: Surviving Exchange Sac & Connected Passed Pawns
McShane vs Kramnik, 2011 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

Bayoneted! A Classical Model White Game vs KID
Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2012 
(E97) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Lasker is right: chess is essentially tactics, not position
J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2012 
(E92) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Kramnik, Master of the Isolani (3)
Kramnik vs G Meier, 2012 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

The Queen is a Powerful Piece, 1
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2012 
(C47) Four Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

Finest Played Chess Game in the 2012 Olympiad
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2012 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

The Queen is a Powerful Piece, 2
Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2012 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

In Queen Endings, Harrass the Enemy King
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 
(C45) Scotch Game, 87 moves, 0-1

A Good Old Fashioned King Hunt vs McShane
Kramnik vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

King Hunt in an Ending
Kramnik vs Svidler, 2013 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

King Hunt Garners Advantage FFed by Epic Endgame
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2013 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 62 moves, 0-1

The Queen is a Powerful Piece, 2
Kramnik vs N Vitiugov, 2013 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

Caveman Attack, 2
G Meier vs Kramnik, 2013 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

A Good Old Fashioned King Hunt vs Fridman
Kramnik vs D Fridman, 2013 
(A13) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Saving a Bad Opening by Totally Unexpected Tactic
Kramnik vs Leko, 2013 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1-0

Harrassing the Enemy King in an Open Queen Ending
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2013 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 0-1

Persistent Attack By Queen + R + B in Ending
Kramnik vs A Korobov, 2013 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Classic! A Perfectly Played Kramnik Game
Kramnik vs D Andreikin, 2013 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 63 moves, 1-0

Vlad the Vluffer
Kramnik vs A Shomoev, 2013 
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Active Defense
Motylev vs Kramnik, 2013 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Pawn Sac on a Pincer
A Ipatov vs Kramnik, 2013 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Mating Threats Allow Unexpected Pawn Grab
Kramnik vs A Giri, 2013 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Rook vs minor piece sac on a B3 square
Kramnik vs Karjakin, 2014 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 39 moves, 1-0

Impossible Tactical Defense
Svidler vs Kramnik, 2014 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Trapping the King with a Knight in the f3 Hole
A Giri vs Kramnik, 2014 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 0-1

Kramnik Krams another Pawn up the 8th
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2014 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

Black Defends a Queenside Isolani, White Krams the Kingside
Kramnik vs E Inarkiev, 2014 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Vlad the Vluffer 2
Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2014 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Block the center, Leave the Queenside, attack the Kingside
Kramnik vs A Mista, 2014 
(A14) English, 34 moves, 1-0

When All Else Fails, Do the Caveman Attack h4! part 2
Kramnik vs S Sjugirov, 2014 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

This time, it's the King that hunts
A R Saleh Salem vs Kramnik, 2014 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

Kill KID
Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2014 
(E92) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

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