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Kramnik 
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Vladimir Kramnik
Number of games in database: 2,572
Years covered: 1984 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2783 (2798 rapid, 2763 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2811
Overall record: +478 -140 =857 (61.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1097 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (122) 
    A15 A17 A14 A13 A10
 Sicilian (109) 
    B33 B30 B90 B52 B58
 King's Indian (107) 
    E97 E92 E94 E81 E86
 Slav (99) 
    D17 D15 D11 D12 D19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (96) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D30
 Grunfeld (79) 
    D85 D70 D91 D87 D86
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (256) 
    B33 B30 B31 B65 B57
 Ruy Lopez (117) 
    C67 C65 C88 C78 C95
 Petrov (102) 
    C42 C43
 Semi-Slav (100) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (84) 
    D37 D38 D39 D30 D35
 Nimzo Indian (74) 
    E32 E21 E34 E46 E58
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 1-0
   Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 0-1
   Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 1-0
   Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 0-1
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 0-1
   Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 1-0
   Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007 1-0
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 0-1
   Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov - Kramnik World Championship Match (2000)
   Kramnik - Leko World Championship Match (2004)
   Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007)
   Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Cap D'Agde FRA (2003)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1998)
   16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)
   Dortmund Sparkassen (2004)
   Azerbaijan vs the World (2009)
   Dortmund (2011)
   Linares (1997)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   13th Amber Blindfold (2004)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   World Cup (2013)
   Dortmund (2013)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Wijk aan Zee (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kramnik - My Life and Games by jakaiden
   Match Kramnik! by amadeus
   Kramnik on a King Hunt & vs the World Champions by visayanbraindoctor
   English: Vladimir Kramnik Collection by chess.master
   Vladimir Kramnik's Best Games by KingG
   Vladimir Kramnik - Immortal masterpieces by Karpova
   Some interesting games by Kramnik by fgh
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Volodya versus Vesko by Resignation Trap
   Kramnik with Berlin Wall by tesasembiring by tesasembiring
   Kramnik & Carlsen play the Catalan by suenteus po 147
   Book of Samurai's favorite games 6 by Book of Samurai
   Kramnik g3 by Jason Harris

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VLADIMIR KRAMNIK
(born Jun-25-1975, 39 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
Former World Champion Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik was born in Tuapse, on the shores of the Black Sea, on June 25, 1975. As a child, Vladimir Kramnik studied in the chess school established by Mikhail Botvinnik. In 2000 he won the Classical World Championship from Garry Kasparov and then won the unified title when he defeated Veselin Topalov in 2006 to become the 14th undisputed World Champion. He relinquished the title in 2007 to his successor, the 15th undisputed (and now former) World Champion, Viswanathan Anand.

Championships

<Age> In 1991 he won the World Under 18 Championship in Guarapuava, Brazil.

<National> He was =1st in the 1990 RSFSR (Russian) Championship in Kuibyshev, Russia, but placed 2nd on tiebreak behind Andrei Kharlov. He was =3rd in the Russian Superfinals (2013) after a last round battle with Ian Nepomniachtchi for =1st and the possibility of the title for the first time. However, he lost the game and scored 5.5/9, placing =3rd.

<World> Kramnik’s early attempts at storming the citadel of the World Championship met with mixed results. In 1994, he lost a Candidates quarter finals match for the PCA championship to Gata Kamsky by 1˝-4˝, and a few months later he lost a Candidates semi-finals match for the FIDE championship to Boris Gelfand by 3˝-4˝. In 1998, Kramnik was defeated by Alexey Shirov by 3˝-5˝ in the Candidates match held in Cazorla to determine the right to play Garry Kasparov for the Classical World Chess Championship. In 1999, Kramnik lost in the quarterfinals of the FIDE knockout championship in Las Vegas to Michael Adams by 2-4, including the 4 game rapid play-off.

Although Shirov had defeated Kramnik for the right to challenge Kasparov, suitable sponsorship was not found for a Kasparov-Shirov match, and it never took place. In 2000, however, sponsorship became available for a Kasparov-Kramnik match instead. This meant that Kramnik was the first player since 1935 - when Alexander Alekhine selected Max Euwe as his challenger - to play a world championship match without qualifying. In 2000 Kramnik reached the pinnacle by defeating long-time champion Kasparov for the World Championship in London by the score of 8˝ to 6˝ (+2 =13 -0) without losing a game, becoming the next Classical World Champion in the line that started from Wilhelm Steinitz. It was the first time since the Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921) that the defending champion had lost a match without winning a game and it was also the first time Kasparov had been beaten in a World Championship match. Kasparov said of Kramnik that: <”He is the hardest player to beat in the world.”>

In 2004, Kramnik successfully defended his title as Classical World Chess Champion against challenger Peter Leko at Brissago, Switzerland, by drawing the Kramnik - Leko World Championship Match (2004) in the last game. Lékó was leading the 14-game match until the final game, which Kramnik won, thus forcing a 7 - 7 draw and ensuring that Kramnik remained world champion. Because of the drawn result, the prize fund of 1 million Swiss francs was split between the two players.

Kramnik refused to participate at the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), but indicated his willingness to play a match against the winner to unify the world championship. His next title defence in 2006, therefore, was a reunification match with the new FIDE world title holder from the 2005 tournament, Veselin Topalov. The $1 million Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) was played in Elista, Kalmykia from September 21 to October 13 and after controversially forfeiting the fifth game, Kramnik won the rapid game playoff by 2˝ -1˝ after the classical games were tied 6-6, thereby becoming the first undisputed unified World Chess Champion since the 1993 split. In the following year, Kramnik lost the unified world title when he finished second to Viswanathan Anand at the Mexico City FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). In October 2008, Kramnik exercised his entitlement to a rematch as a challenger to World Champion Anand in Bonn, Germany, but lost the Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) match by 4˝ to 6˝ (+1 =7 -3).

Kramnik's tournament performances in 2009 (see below) raised his rating (average of July 2009 and January 2010 ratings) sufficiently to qualify him for the World Championship Candidates (2011). In the first round he beat Teimour Radjabov by the narrowest of margins*: after tieing the classical games 2-2 (+0 =4 -0), and the rapid games 2-2 (+0 =4 -0), he won the blitz playoff by 2.5-1.5 (+2 =1 -1) to move to the semi final match against Alexander Grischuk, which he lost 1.5-0.5 (=1 -1) in the blitz tiebreaker after he drew the classical games 2-2 (+0 -0 =4) and the rapid games 2-2 (+0 -0 =4), thereby eliminating him from the contest. Participating in the World Championship Candidates (2013) on the basis of his rating, Kramnik came =1st with Magnus Carlsen on 8.5/13 after both lost their last round games. As the first tiebreaker (individual score against the other player in the tournament) left them level, the second tiebreaker (greater number of wins in the tournament) relegated Kramnik to second place due to scoring four wins to Carlsen's five.

Kramnik was seeded directly into the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), as he met the pre-condition that he participate in the World Cup (2013). During the Cup, he defeated Zambian IM Gillan Bwalya in the first round, compatriot GM Mikhail Kobalia in the second round, Ukrainian GM Alexander Areshchenko in the third round, veteran Ukrainian GM and twice former Candidate Vassily Ivanchuk in the Round of 16 (round four), his third Ukrainian opponent in the shape of GM Anton Korobov in the quarter final (round five), one of the wildcards of the event, French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave match in the semi final (round 6) before defeating compatriot GM Dmitry Andreikin in the final by 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3). His win also guarantees qualification in the World Cup 2015, although he would likely qualify by rating alone. At the Candidates in March 2014, he placed 3rd with 7/14 behind Anand and Karjakin.

Tournaments

Kramnik won Chalkidiki 1992 with 7.5/11, and in 1993, he played in Linares, finishing fifth and defeating the then world number three, Vassily Ivanchuk. Following some solid results in the interim which resulted in him winning the 1994 PCA Intel Grand Prix, major tournament triumphs were soon to follow, such as Dortmund 1995, Horgen 1995, Belgrade 1995, =1st in Dos Hermanas in 1996 and 1997, =1st in Tilburg 1997 (8/11). Dortmund became a favourite stop, as Kramnik has gone on to win nine more times in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, Dortmund Sparkassen (2006), Dortmund (2007), Dortmund (2009) and Dortmund (2011), as either equal or clear first; in the 2011 edition of the event he won by 1.5 points despite losing in the last round. In 2000, Kramnik won his first Linares tournament, completing his set of victories in all three of chess' "triple crown" events: Corus, Linares, and Dortmund. Kramnik later captured additional Linares victories in XX Ciudad de Linares (2003) (shared) and 21st Linares (2004) (outright). He won the Tal Memorial (2007) with 6.5/9, 1.5 ahead of Shirov. Kramnik had exceptionally good results in 2009, winning once again in Dortmund and then winning the Category 21 (average ELO = 2763) Tal Memorial (2009) in Moscow with 6/9 and a TPR of 2883. At the time, the average ELO rating of the field made it the strongest tournament in history. He also participated in the London Chess Classic (2009) in December, finishing second to Magnus Carlsen. These magnificent results qualified him for the 2011 Candidates on the basis of his boosted ratings. Kramnik began 2010 at Corus (2010) in the Netherlands, during which he defeated new world number-one Carlsen with the Black pieces in their head-to-head encounter, ending Carlsen's 36-match unbeaten streak. A late loss to Anand knocked him out of first place, and Kramnik finished with 8/13, tying for second place with Shirov behind Carlsen's 8˝ points. He came 2nd in the preliminary Shanghai Masters (2010) to qualify for the Bilbao Masters (2010) against Carlsen and Anand, who had pre-qualified. He then won at Bilbao with +2 -0 =4 over world champion Anand, then-world number one Magnus Carlsen, and Shirov. The 2009 Tal Memorial and the Grand Slam Final at Bilbao were the most powerful tournaments (in ratings terms) ever staged. In late 2011, he easily won the 15th Unive (Crown Group) (2011) with 4.5/6 and a TPR of 2903 and finished the year with outright first at the London Chess Classic (2011) with +4 -0 =4 and a TPR of 2934, recovering ground lost following a mediocre performance in the Tal Memorial (2011) where he failed to win a game. In June 2012, he placed =4th at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012), with 4.5/9 and in July 2012, =3rd (4th on tiebreak) at the category 19 Dortmund (2012) tournament. Kramnik finished 2012 with a surge, placing 2nd at the London Chess Classic (2012) behind Magnus Carlsen, scoring 6/8 (16 points in the 3-1-0 scoring system used in the event) and a TPR of 2937 to Carlsen's 2994.

His final training preparation for the Candidates tournament in March at the category 21 Zurich Chess Challenge (2013), was less than completely successful in terms of results (2.5/6), drawing five and losing one to Anand, although it seemed to contribute to his game fitness at the Candidates as he placed second by the narrowest of margins, scoring equal to Carlsen who won the event and the right to challenge Anand for the World Championship. He placed =4th with 4.5/9, a point behind the winner, in a low scoring Alekhine Memorial (2013) and then had one of his worse ever results at the Tal Memorial (2013), coming last with 3/9 (+0 -3 =6). However, he returned to form in the Dortmund (2013), placing outright second behind Adams, scoring 6.5/9, jointly dominating the category 19 field to the extent that no other player scored better than 50%. In November 2014, Kramnik competed at the category 20 Petrosian Memorial (2014), and was outright second behind Alexander Grischuk with 4.5/7, signalling a mild return to form after a slump that saw him exit the world's top 10 for the first time since he entered the top 10 in January 1993. There followed 2nd at the powerful Qatar Masters (2014), with 7/9, and =1st at the London Chess Classic (2014).

2015 saw Kramnik starting his competitive year by placing outright 3rd behind the winner Anand and runner-up Hikaru Nakamura, ahead of Sergey Karjakin, Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana respectively, in the standard section of the RR category 22 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015). He won the final section of the Zurich event, namely the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015), but the added points were insufficient to give him the overall lead and he finished with 3rd prize behind Nakamura and Anand respectively.

Team Events

<Olympiads> Kramnik has won three team and and individual gold medals at the Olympiads as well as two team silvers. He played in the gold medal winning Russian teams in the Manila 1992, Moscow 1994 and Yerevan 1996 Olympiads, his first gold medal being awarded to him as an untitled 16 year old in 1992 when he scored eight wins, one draw, and no losses to record a remarkable TPR of 2958. In 1994, he came fifth on the second board with 8/11 and a 2727 TPR. In 1996, he scored a relatively meagre 4.5/9 on the second board. He did not participate in any more Olympiads until 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) in Turin, when he again won a gold medal with overall best performance on the top board with 6.5/9 (2847 TPR). In the Olympiad (2008) in Dresden, he scored 5/9 on top board and a 2735 TPR. Kramnik played board one for the silver medal winning Russian team in the Chess Olympiad (2010) in Khanty-Mansiysk, coming fifth with a scored of 5.5/9, winning 2 and drawing 7 with a TPR of 2794. At the Chess Olympiad (2012) held in Istanbul, he again played top board scoring 5/9 and coming 7th on that board, leading his team to another silver medal. At the Chess Olympiad (2014), he again played board 1 for Russia.

<National Team Events> In 1991, 2490-rated FM Kramnik represented Russia on board 2 at the World U26 Championship played at Maringá; with a perfect score of 6/6 he helped Russia to win gold, and won individual gold for his performance. He played in the European Team Championships on one occasion, in 1992, when the then FM was rated 2590. Again representing Russia, this time on board 3, he helped his team to win gold with a 6/7 effort, and won individual gold for board 3 as well as a gold medal for the best rating performance at the event, that being a 2863 performance, ahead of Kasparov's 2809 performance that won rating silver. That same year (1992), he also played on the USSR team against the Rest of the World. He played for Russia twice in the World Team Championship, in 1993 and 2013. On the first occasion, he lead his country to a bronze medal, and on the second occasion - at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013) - to a gold medal.

<European Club Cup> Kramnik does not appear to have played in the Russian or any other national league, his sole club representations being in the European Club Cup between 1995 and 1999 inclusive, and in 2005. He started off playing board one with SV Empor Berlin in 1992 and 1993, moved on to Sberbank-Tatarstan Kazan in 1994 where he helped the club to bronze, then played board one with the powerful Agrouniverzal Zemun team that won silver in 1999. His only participation in the ECC since then was a single season in 1995 playing for NAO Paris, which won bronze.

Matches

In 2004, he won a simul against the German National Team 2˝:1˝.

In October 2002, Kramnik played an eight game match against Deep Fritz (Computer) in the Brains in Bahrain (2002) match, drawing 4-4 after leading 3-1. In 2006 the German organization Universal Event Promotion (UEP) staged a return match of six games between Kramnik and Deep Fritz in Bonn, which Kramnik lost, +0 -2 =4.

In April 2012, Kramnik and Levon Aronian played, as part of their preparation for the 2012 Candidates Tournament, a six-game training match in Zurich. The Kramnik - Aronian (2012) match was drawn 3-3 (+1 -1 =4).

Rapids

Kramnik has been an excellent and consistent performer at rapid and blindfold play. He won or shared the overall lead at Amber in 1996 (outright overall 1st), 1998 (=1st with Shirov with 15/22), 1999 Monaco (14˝/22), 2001 (=1st with Topalov with 15/22), 2004 (=1st with Morozevich with 14.5/22), and 2007 (outright overall first with 15˝/22). He also won the 2001 rapid play match against Lékó by 7-5, drew the 2001 rapid play Botvinnik Memorial match with Kasparov 3:3 and the 2001 rapid play match against Anand 5:5, lost the 2002 Match Advanced Chess Kramnik vs. Anand (Leon) 3˝:2˝, was runner up to Anand in the Cap D'Agde FRA (2003), won the 2009 Zurich Champions Rapid (2009) with 5/7 and shared 1st in the 2010 President's Cup in Baku with 5/7. In tandem with the London Classic 2014, Kramnik came =1st in the blitz event and =3rd in the rapid play open.

Ratings

<Classical> In January 1996, Kramnik became the world top rated player. Although he had the same FIDE rating as Kasparov (2775), Kramnik became number one by having played more games during the rating period in question. Kramnik became the youngest ever to reach world number-one, breaking Kasparov's record; this record would stand for 14 years until being broken by Magnus Carlsen in January 2010. He is the second of only six chess players to have reached a rating of 2800 (the first being Kasparov, followed by Anand, Topalov, Carlsen and Aronian). Ironically, during his reign as world champion, Kramnik never regained the world number-one ranking, doing so only in January 2008 after he had lost the title to Viswanathan Anand. As in 1996, Kramnik had the same FIDE rating as Anand (2799) but became number-one due to more games played within the rating period. Kramnik's 12 years between world-number one rankings is the longest since the inception of the FIDE ranking system in 1971.

Currently (as of 1 February 2015), he has a rating of 2783, (Russian #2, world #8);

<Rapid> 2770 (world #12); and

<Blitz> 2763 (world #16).

Other

In 1995, Kramnik served as a second for Kasparov during the latter’s successful defence of his Classical World Chess Championship against Anand, and in an ironic counter point in 2010 he served as a second for Anand during the World Champion’s successful defence against Topalov.

Kramnik has a form of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis. In January 2006, Kramnik announced that he would miss the Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006) to seek treatment for this condition. He returned from treatment in June 2006, playing in the 37th Chess Olympiad, winning gold by top scoring on the top board. Kramnik's performance in winning the Classical World Championship in 2000 won him the Chess Oscar for 2000, while his 2006 victory in the reunification match earned him the Chess Oscar for 2006.

On 30 December 2006 he married French journalist Marie-Laure Germon and they have a daughter, Daria, who was born 28 December 2008, and a son, Vadim, born 28 January 2013.

Sources and references Website: http://www.kramnik.com/; Biography: http://www.kramnik.com/eng/biograph...; Extended and candid interview with Kramnik by Vladislav Tkachiev in August 2011: http://whychess.org/node/1605; Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; * http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...; Wikipedia article: Kramnik

Latest update 20 Feb 2015


 page 1 of 103; games 1-25 of 2,574  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Oganian vs Kramnik 0-131 1984 BelorechenskB89 Sicilian
2. Kramnik vs Serdyukov 1-031 1984 BelorechenskB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
3. Remezov vs Kramnik  0-152 1985 KrasnodarB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Kramnik vs Zhukov  1-038 1986 BelorechenskB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. Zaitsev vs Kramnik 0-149 1986 Team TournamentB83 Sicilian
6. I Odesskij vs Kramnik 0-125 1987 URS-chT U16A52 Budapest Gambit
7. Kramnik vs Mayorov 1-034 1987 GelendzhikC12 French, McCutcheon
8. Kramnik vs A Chjumachenko 1-032 1987 GelendzhikB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. Shilov vs Kramnik 0-137 1987 USSR Boys' ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
10. Kramnik vs Otsarev 1-018 1987 Baku TrainingB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. Kramnik vs Danislian  ½-½60 1988 Dimitrovgrad U18B15 Caro-Kann
12. Y Yakovich vs Kramnik 1-042 1988 USSRB40 Sicilian
13. Kramnik vs Campora  ½-½26 1989 Cup World (open)C50 Giuoco Piano
14. Kramnik vs A N Panchenko ½-½60 1989 Sochi (Russia)B58 Sicilian
15. Kramnik vs G Kuzmin ½-½42 1989 World Cup ( open )C55 Two Knights Defense
16. Kramnik vs B Taborov  ½-½35 1989 It (open)B06 Robatsch
17. A Filipenko vs Kramnik 0-140 1989 Sochi (Russia)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. Kramnik vs Y Yakovich ½-½14 1989 Sochi (Russia)B33 Sicilian
19. V Arbakov vs Kramnik 0-173 1989 It (open)A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
20. R Dautov vs Kramnik 1-036 1989 Cup World (open)A81 Dutch
21. Kramnik vs A Grosar ½-½47 1989 Sochi (Russia)B58 Sicilian
22. Kramnik vs Huzman ½-½10 1989 It (open)C01 French, Exchange
23. Miles vs Kramnik 1-041 1989 Cup World (open)A04 Reti Opening
24. Kramnik vs G Tunik 0-138 1989 Sochi (Russia)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. M Sorokin vs Kramnik ½-½52 1989 USSRA81 Dutch
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Feb-23-15  Whitehat1963: Meanwhile, a few more notables:

Chigorin - 1
Bogoljubov - 1
Pillsbury - 1
Tarrasch - 7
Reti - 8
Nimzowitsch - 9
Maroczy - 13
Marshall - 18
Schlecter - 18
Vidmar - 18
Stein - 27
Mecking - 29
Beliavsky - 38
Larry Evans - 58
Torre - 62
Najdorf - 64
Ljubojevic - 90
Taimanov - 107
Polugaevsky - 113
Timman - 119
Portisch - 145
Gligoric - 173
Ulf Andersson - 242

Feb-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Whitehat> Andersson?

Never woulda believed it.

Feb-24-15  Whitehat1963: You'd think these two pacifists would have played nothing but short draws, but alas, only one:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Mar-14-15  ketchuplover: Kramnik.com is currently #327 on http://chess-links.org
Mar-26-15  Sally Simpson: Just happened upon a painting of all the World Champions from Steinitz to Anand.

But it has Kramnik wearing a blindfold.

Anybody got any ideas why?

http://www.redhotpawn.com/blog/blog...

Mar-26-15  Retireborn: Geoff, I assume it refers to Kramnik's successes in the Melody Amber tournaments. He has won or shared first in the 'blind' section no fewer than nine times, according to wiki.
Mar-26-15  Sally Simpson: I was looking for something deeper or more sublime than that.

Maybe the bloke cannot draw eyes.

There are other things going on.

Fischer rests his hand on Karpov's shoulder and seems to be preventing Smyslov from butting in and making a move.

Botvinnik adjusting his specs like he cannot believe the move Kapsparov is about to play.

(Where is Dan Brown when you need him.)

Mar-27-15  Retireborn: Geoff, if you insist on making an allegory out of it, the original version of this painting (see here:- http://serkanergun.org/gallery/worl...) is dated 2001.

So Kramnik is the reigning World Champion, and wears a blindfold because he cannot see his successors....

(Anand is in the picture only because he was the FIDE champion that year.)

I believe Botvinnik regularly adjusted his spectacles (and his tie) whilst playing, and I suspect the Fischer stance is also just copied from a known photo of him.

You'll notice the two men standing behind Capa are different in this original version. I cannot positively identify them, but I think they might be Morphy and Anderssen.

Mar-27-15  HeMateMe: What of the bright red clothing of Capablanca? Is the painter a Latino, and he has a special place in his heart for the fun loving Cuban?

Why is there a hammer and sickle on the back of the chess clock, when it was well known that Kasparov had no faith in the communist government? Just a reference to the Soviet Union having been the monitor of the careers of so many people in the picture?

Mar-27-15  Retireborn: <HeMateMe> The painter is a Turk, judging by his name.

I think the hammer&sickle is just an acknowledgement that seven of these men were Soviet world champions (and Kramnik, Alekhine, and Lasker were also Soviet citizens at one time or another.)

Mar-27-15  HeMateMe: How could Lasker have been a Soviet citizen? He's a German.
Mar-27-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Retireborn,

"...if you insist on making an allegory out of it"

Oh Yes, I do insist.. Nothing like a good conspiracy theory or theories to exercise the imagination.

You are of course correct, Lasker after getting hounded out of Germany by the Nazis took up Soviet Citizenship for a few years before going to the USA.

Back to the conspiracy.

The Hammer & Sickle is on the back of the clock so no players could see it hinting that the Soviet authorities were making moves behind the players backs to control chess.

The Keres v Botvinnik and Bronstien v Botvinnik incidents spring to mind.

Pressure was applied to both Keres and Bronstein though Botvinnik had nothing to with it nor did he know anything about it.

That is why there are no pawns in the picture.

The 'pawns' are the Russian players being used by the Soviet State.

Capa is in the bright red coat to signify the Cuba and the Soviet connection.

Move over Dan Brown - I have arrived.

Mar-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Geoff> Don't forget about the Babushka Lady or the grassy knoll. Dealey Plaza was a red herring.
Mar-27-15  Retireborn: <Geoff> I'm Stephen Saunders on the ECF site, we've spoken a couple of times on there - they have a thread about Chess Art which is current, so perhaps they'd be interested in this painting and your theories about it :)
Mar-27-15  HeMateMe: <simpson> no pawns, but the players--good eye!
Mar-27-15  Kaspablanca: Sally Simpson: The Cuba USSR connection started by 1961 in the missiles crisis, Capa died in 1942, i dont see the connection, from 1898 to 1961 there was an USA and Cuba connection.
Mar-27-15  HeMateMe: Wait! could Capa's red clothing imply a Cuban relationship with the 'red' USSR?
Mar-28-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Kaspablanca,

Fully aware of the 1961 missile crises. I was one of the school kids who had to carry nuclear war drill.

This consisted of the whole class curling up in a ball and hiding under our desk.

Russia's interest and influence in Cuban matters in the guise of the Communist Party goes back to the late 1920's but I have decided Capa coat was a 'red herring' (a pun) to throw us of the scent.

Hi Retireborn,

I no longer visit the ECF forum since they changed the format. I'm fussy that way.

Back to the picture.

There are 16 men in the picture - there are 16 men a side in a game of chess.

When you buy a good chess set you are often given a spare Queen of each colour.

So here you have 16 chessmen and an extra Queen (Judit Polgar). ----

Kramnik usually wears glasses (see pic above) the artist has painted a blindfold on him so he will not be wearing glasses in the picture.

So people wearing glasses in the picture are important!

That leaves us with 4 players wearing glasses. Botvinnik, Euwe, Anand and Smyslov.

That spells out BEAS.

The source of the river Beas starts in the Himalayas.

The artist wants us to organise an expedition to the source of the Beas.

There we will find the book that will unlock the mysteries of Chess and also the secret of Everlasting Life.

Phew, I'm glad I sorted that out, It's been bugging me for days.

Mar-28-15  MagnusVerMagnus: lol, duck, roll, and cover baby
Apr-17-15  Eti fan: For those following Vlad, he might have chances to score after 24th and 25th move inaccuracies by Adams here https://arena.chessdom.com/#/game/s...
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