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Vladimir Kramnik
Kramnik 
Photograph copyright © 2007 Milan Kovacs (www.milankovacs.com)  
Number of games in database: 2,911
Years covered: 1984 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2787 (2795 rapid, 2784 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2817

Overall record: +529 -158 =937 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1287 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (134) 
    A15 A14 A17 A13 A10
 Sicilian (118) 
    B33 B30 B52 B90 B58
 King's Indian (106) 
    E97 E94 E92 E91 E86
 Slav (100) 
    D17 D15 D11 D12 D19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (96) 
    D37 D38 D30 D31 D39
 Reti System (89) 
    A04 A06 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (256) 
    B33 B30 B31 B65 B57
 Ruy Lopez (168) 
    C67 C65 C88 C78 C95
 Queen's Gambit Declined (109) 
    D37 D38 D35 D30 D39
 Petrov (101) 
    C42 C43
 Semi-Slav (101) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D46
 Nimzo Indian (75) 
    E32 E46 E34 E21 E20
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
   Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 1-0
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 0-1
   Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1996 0-1
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 0-1
   Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 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?]
   Hoogovens (1998)
   Dortmund Sparkassen (2004)
   Cap D'Agde FRA (2003)
   16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)
   Dortmund (2011)
   Linares (1997)
   13th Amber Blindfold (2004)
   Dortmund (2013)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   World Cup (2013)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   Isle of Man Open (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kramnik - My Life and Games by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Kramnik - My Life and Games by jakaiden
   Match Kramnik! by amadeus
   Vladi Kramn'd Fredthebear Full of White Russian by fredthebear
   Kramnik on a King Hunt & vs the World Champions by visayanbraindoctor
   Vladimir, the Conqueror by Gottschalk
   Vladimir Kramnik's Best Games by KingG
   Power Chess - Kramnik by Anatoly21
   Vladimir Kramnik's Best Games by JoseTigranTalFischer
   English: Vladimir Kramnik Collection by chess.master
   Vladimir Kramnik - Immortal masterpieces by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Vladimir Kramnik - Immortal masterpieces by Karpova
   Some interesting games by Kramnik by fgh
   Volodya versus Vesko by Resignation Trap

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 European Club Cup
   Kramnik vs E Inarkiev (Oct-14-17) 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Kramnik (Oct-13-17) 1/2-1/2
   Naiditsch vs Kramnik (Oct-12-17) 1/2-1/2
   R Wojtaszek vs Kramnik (Oct-10-17) 1/2-1/2
   G Jones vs Kramnik (Oct-01-17) 0-1

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VLADIMIR KRAMNIK
(born Jun-25-1975, 42 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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Former World Champion - and former top ranked player in the world - 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 lost 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 guaranteed qualification in the World Cup 2015, although he would qualify by rating alone. At the Candidates in March 2014, he placed 3rd with 7/14 behind Anand and Karjakin.

He qualified by rating to play in the World Cup (2015) where he met and defeated Peruvian Deysi Estela Cori Tello and Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista in the first two rounds to advance to the third round where he lost to Dmitry Andreikin in the first set of rapid game tiebreakers, thereby bowing out of the event.

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. A relatively poor performance at the Gashimov Memorial (2015) where he scored only 4/9 was followed by a solid performance at the Russian Premier League 2015 (see below) and a below average 3.5/7 for fourth place at the annual Dortmund (2015). He saw out the year with equal third, scoring 6.5/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2015), half a point behind the joint leaders Magnus Carlsen and the rising Chinese star Yu Yangyi. Kramnik started 2016 with equal third on 5/9 at the Norway Chess (2016) behind Carlsen and Aronian respectively after also coming third in the preliminary Norway Blitz (2016) used to determine the draw. Several months later in July he placed =2nd (with 4/7) behind Vachier-Lagrave at Dortmund (2016). Kramnik's year in standard time chess finished with a reasonably efficacious equal third at the London Chess Classic (2016), a point behind the winner Wesley So.

In April 2017, Kramnik was second on tiebreak ahead of co-runners up Wesley So and Veselin Topalov at the category 21 Gashimov Memorial (2017), scoring 5/9, half a point behind the winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Two months later he again placed equal second, this time at the category 22 Altibox Norway (2017), scoring 5/9 alongside Hikaru Nakamura, a point behind the winner Levon Aronian.

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. He played board two for Russia in the Chess Olympiad (2016), scoring individual gold for his board, and team bronze with his countrymen.

<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 participated in the European Club Cup between 1995 and 1999 inclusive, in 2005 and again in 2015 and 2016. 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 in 1998 and 1999, winning team silver in 1999. Since then, he played for NAO Paris in 2005, winning team bronze and for the Siberia Novosibirsk team in the European Club Cup (2015) and European Club Cup (2016) winning team gold in 2015 as well as an individual gold for board 1.

At the Russian Team Championship (2015), Kramnik played board 1 for Siberia Novosibirsk, winning gold for that board; his effort also helped his team to win gold. He repeated his individual effort in the Russian Team Championship (2016), this time helping his team to a bronze medal in the double round robin 5-team contest.

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). From late November to early December 2016, he played a rapid and blitz match against Yifan Hou at the Kings Tournament in Romania, winning both by significant margins, the rapid by 4.5-0.5 and the latter by 6/9 (+5 -3 =2).

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.

Kramnik came in equal 5th with 10/15 in the World Rapid Championship (2015), 1.5 points behind the winner Carlsen, and half a point behind the joint runners up Nepomniachtchi, Radjabov and Leinier Dominguez Perez. He followed up the next day with equal second alongside Vachier-Lagrave scoring 15/21, half a point behind the outright winner Alexander Grischuk at the World Blitz Championship (2015).

Ratings

Kramnik entered the top 100 in January 1992 and has remained there since that time. He rose rapidly in the rankings such that a year later in January 1993, he entered the top 10 where he has been ensconced since, apart from a few months in 2014. Yet during that time he made it to world #1 in only two rating periods.

In January 1996, Kramnik became the world top rated player. Although he had the same FIDE rating as Kasparov (2775), He became number one by having played more games during the rating period in question. He 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.

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.

In July 1993 soon after his 18th birthday, he crossed 2700 for the first time and has remained in the 2700+ rating ever since. In April 2001, he became the second of only eight chess players to have reached a rating of 2800 (the first being Kasparov, followed by Anand, Topalov, Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana and Grischuk). Kramnik's highest standard rating to date is 2811 achieved in May 2013 when he was ranked #3 in the world.

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 (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

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 page 1 of 117; games 1-25 of 2,911  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Serdyukov 1-0311984BelorechenskB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
2. A Oganyan vs Kramnik 0-1311984BelorechenskB89 Sicilian
3. Remezov vs Kramnik  0-1521985KrasnodarB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Kramnik vs Zhukov  1-0381986BelorechenskB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. Zaitsev vs Kramnik 0-1491986Team TournamentB83 Sicilian
6. Kramnik vs A Chjumachenko 1-0321987GelendzhikB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. Shilov vs Kramnik 0-1371987USSR Boys' ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
8. I Odesskij vs Kramnik 0-1251987URS-chT U16A52 Budapest Gambit
9. Kramnik vs Otsarev 1-0181987Baku TrainingB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. Kramnik vs Mayorov 1-0341987GelendzhikC12 French, McCutcheon
11. Y Yakovich vs Kramnik 1-0421988USSRB40 Sicilian
12. Kramnik vs Danislian  ½-½601988Dimitrovgrad U18B15 Caro-Kann
13. E Moldobaev vs Kramnik  ½-½231989GMA QualifierA04 Reti Opening
14. Kramnik vs Y Yakovich ½-½141989Sochi (Russia)B33 Sicilian
15. Kramnik vs G Kuzmin ½-½421989World Cup ( open )C55 Two Knights Defense
16. Kramnik vs Lputian  ½-½521989World Cup (Open)C07 French, Tarrasch
17. L Basin vs Kramnik ½-½491989GMA QualifierA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
18. Khenkin vs Kramnik ½-½171989Sochi (Russia)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
19. Kramnik vs Y Yakovich 1-0351989GMA QualifierC50 Giuoco Piano
20. Kramnik vs G Tunik 0-1381989Sochi (Russia)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. Kramnik vs Gheorghiu ½-½91989Cup World (open)B56 Sicilian
22. V Arbakov vs Kramnik 0-1731989GMA QualifierA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
23. G Kallai vs Kramnik ½-½221989Sochi (Russia)A81 Dutch
24. Kramnik vs B Taborov  ½-½351989GMA QualifierB06 Robatsch
25. Kramnik vs R Shcherbakov ½-½351989Sochi (Russia)B58 Sicilian
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Oct-31-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Kramnik is surprised. Look, he just said so:

<Update 14:55 (CET) — Reached for comment Monday, Kramnik tells ChessBase he was surprised to learn of the decision, that he hadn’t advocated for a wild card spot, and had resigned himself to missing the Candidates. He was unaware of any decision on the wild card during the recent European Club Cup in Antalya, and believes such decision had not yet been made.>

http://en.chessbase.com/post/kramni...

There's no way of knowing whether Vladimir was stroking his chin at this point.

Oct-31-17
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  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: ...

There's no way of knowing whether Vladimir was stroking his chin at this point.>

True

Oct-31-17
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  Lambda: No surprise at all. I'm sure he would make anyone's "top five players who would otherwise be missing it" list.
Oct-31-17
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  Keyser Soze: Yeah right..Also Andrey Filatov president of Russian CF was "caught by surprise".Hilarious.
Oct-31-17
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  HeMateMe: it's hard to say anything bad about Vlad K, but I do think that MLV's powerful results over the past two years should have been rewarded with a Candidates spot. Vlad has been there, give it to the new blood. Nothing negative to Kramnik, just saying let the younger guy have it.
Oct-31-17  SChesshevsky: While there is a lot of merit to the "just about only the best current players should get into the candidates" view. There might be some business and good-for-chess logic for giving an opportunity to still competitive ex-world champions.

These ex-world champions probably have magnitudes of fans compared to many of the younger, though higher rated, players. Plus, ex-world champions probably also have more pull with potential sponsors compared to arguably better though less known competition. I mean who would you rather have in your tournament? Kramnik and/or Anand or Shak Mamedyarov?

Of course, ex-champions should only be invited if they are still competitive. Maybe something like having to be current top ten or eight on the ratings list and being at least 50% in their last candidates could be mandatory criteria.

While the best players probably should objectively have first crack toward getting to the current champion, whoever is putting up the money for running and broadcasting this event shouldn't also have to be doing it for charity.

Having names that can draw the most eyeballs, without seriously degrading the quality of play, also seems an equally legitimate consideration.

Nov-01-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <MissScarlett: Kramnik is surprised. Look, he just said so:

<Update 14:55 (CET) — Reached for comment Monday, Kramnik tells ChessBase he was surprised to learn of the decision, that he hadn’t advocated for a wild card spot, and had resigned himself to missing the Candidates. He was unaware of any decision on the wild card during the recent European Club Cup in Antalya, and believes such decision had not yet been made.>>

If this is accurate, my admiration for Kramnik just went up a notch. I thought he would request for and be given majority White pieces in the European Club Cup (2017); in order to increase his chances for qualifying via Elo rating. Instead he got 3 Blacks (all draws) and only 1 White (won), presumably because the Team Captain or Coach saw this schedule as best for the team as a whole.

European Club Cup (2017)/Vladimir Kramnik

IMO Kramnik gallantly did not go for extra personal favors in the European Club Cup (2017) but submerged any personal ambition for the good of his team as the Team Captain or Coach saw it.

Nov-01-17
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  Lambda: In any case, there's no clear answer to whether MVL or Kramnik is currently a better player, that's firmly in the domain of personal opinion.
Nov-01-17
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  perfidious: <Lambda: In any case, there's no clear answer to whether MVL or Kramnik is currently a better player, that's firmly in the domain of personal opinion.>

Seems axiomatic to me, but that has never deterred those with various axes to grind from backing the one or the other as their cheval du jour; after all, everyone <knows> that even elite players are only as good or bad as their last game or tournament result. (rolls eyes)

Nov-01-17  Imran Iskandar: Why some posters are complaining that MVL should be given a spot over Kramnik is somewhat beyond me. MVL still has a chance to qualify through finishing second or better in the Grand Prix leg in Palma, and if he were to deserve a place in the Candidates, he should be able to.

Kramnik on the other hand has no other path, and is undoubtedly a worthy Candidate.

Nov-01-17
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  HeMateMe: If MVL can still qualify, why name Kramnik so early, why not wait and name the wild card last, as is often done?
Nov-01-17
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  Gypsy: <...why name Kramnik so early, why not wait and name the wild card last, as is often done?>

Once the wild-card committee becomes certain that big Vlad is their top choice, they should announce it to the world as a matter of courtesy to the players: Those players who are not yet qualified should know that the wild-card route is no longer open. And those that are already qualified can now better focus their game prep. It saves time and energy for everyone by reducing the number of still contingent open possibilities. <my -2c->

Nov-01-17
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  joeyj: Well, i think it's the organizer's choice, the lesson is: "next time if you want to make your own choice aspire to be an organizer or the host/sponsor".

The host country/sponsor don't have the 2725 rated players so it goes back to the organizer to make the choice.

And Kramnik is the 3rd highest rated by ave rating, so among the Russians players (that happens to be the organizers home country) he is the Top choice.

Nov-01-17
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  Gypsy: <...Plus, ex-world champions probably also have more pull with potential sponsors compared to arguably better though less known competition. I mean who would you rather have in your tournament? Kramnik and/or Anand or Shak Mamedyarov? ...>

Not the best example to illustrate your point. Shak is both, extremely strong and an uncompromising brawler. You certainly want to have him in your tournament if you can. In each round, he will be a guarantee against a potential snooze fest!

To be frank, I'd like to have all three of these; but if it is 2 out of these 3 you allow me, I'd drop Anand.

Nov-01-17  SChesshevsky: <Gypsy> An absolutely valid point. But for most chess fans lite or new to chess or slightly interested, like maybe some potential sponsors, the title of former world champion carries a lot of weight.

But, if raising money or gaining maximum audience wasn't a consideration, I would probably also lean toward Shak for my own personal tournament.

Nov-01-17  Nf8: <The host country/sponsor don't have the 2725 rated players so it goes back to the organizer to make the choice.>

The host country (Germany) is <not> the sponsor - it's a Russian company (EG Capital Advisors), as I already mentioned in my previous post.

And indeed history shows that the wildcard is determined by the sponsor rather than according to the host country - in 2011 the Candidates took place in Russia and the wildcard was Azeri (Mamedyarov); in 2013 it took place in England and the wildcard was Azeri (Radjabov); in 2016 it took place in Russia and the wildcard was Armenian (Aronian). The only time since this category was introduced when the wildcard was from the host country was Svidler in 2014, because then the sponsors were also Russian.

Nov-01-17  SChesshevsky: < Nf8:... And indeed history shows that the wildcard is determined by the sponsor rather than according to the host country...>

Wondering if there are any restrictions on the sponsor? Like the player has to be in the top XX or has had to prove himself somehow?

Theoretically, could a sponsor name that new 13 year old GM or even Kasparov if either agreed to participate?

Nov-01-17  Nf8: <SChesshevsky> Well, there's the minimum rating specified in the regulations - used to be 2700, now 2725 - to guarantee that the wildcard is a top player (though it's enough to have this rating in a single rating list during the year). So Kasparov could have been chosen if he wanted to play, but not the 13 year old...

The question about how far the sponsors can go would probably have come more to the fore if Kramnik had qualified by rating instead of, say, So - since then, in all likelihood, the wildcard would have been another top Russian player rather than So or MVL.

Nov-02-17  frogbert: I thought the wildcard would have to have an active rating of 2725+. Kasparov would've had to participate in a rated, classical tournament this year in order to become «active».
Nov-02-17  positionalgenius: Candidates 2018 is going to be insanely strong.

Is there any possible way for Anand to qualify?

Nov-02-17
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  chancho: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor...
Nov-02-17
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  offramp: It is the Colgate Comedy Hour. Who cares if it is Abbott & Costello or Martin & Lewis?
Nov-03-17
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  Keyser Soze: < frogbert: I thought the wildcard would have to have an active rating of 2725+. Kasparov would've had to participate in a rated, classical tournament this year in order to become «active».>

Me too.Personally I dont mind at all the sponsors choice. I just find hilarious that a political animal like Kramnik was "surprised" by that. Imagine Kasparov getting the wild card? All Kramnik fanboys and Garry haters would be hysterical now.

Nov-03-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: Frogbert. Keyser Soze is kkderek! Say no more #DoctorsPet :)
Nov-05-17
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Nf8: <The host country/sponsor don't have the 2725 rated players so it goes back to the organizer to make the choice.>

The host country (Germany) is <not> the sponsor - it's a Russian company (EG Capital Advisors), as I already mentioned in my previous post.

And indeed history shows that the wildcard is determined by the sponsor rather than according to the host country - in 2011 the Candidates took place in Russia and the wildcard was Azeri (Mamedyarov); in 2013 it took place in England and the wildcard was Azeri (Radjabov); in 2016 it took place in Russia and the wildcard was Armenian (Aronian). The only time since this category was introduced when the wildcard was from the host country was Svidler in 2014, because then the sponsors were also Russian.>

I have the impression that the sponsor has always chosen from among the highest rated players of its own country. If this applies, then the race for the wild card would have been between Kramnik and Grischuk.

Just last month, Kramnik and Grischuk almost had the same rating. I thought the Russian Chess Federation would invite both of them to the Russian Championship and choose the one that placed higher. Or maybe made them play a match. (The latter would have been fascinating.)

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