Ex-world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik shows that he still has the chops to stay at the very top of his game. After many, many, many brutal days playing chess in Norway at the FIDE World Cup, Kramnik came out on top.
Many chess players seem to think that Vladimir Kramnik is getting older and therefore, not as sharp as he once was. But remember, this is the guy who beat Kasparov in 2000, so we aren’t talking about a mid-class chess pro, here. He’s still among the top of the elite, and likely will be for years to come.
This morning, he defeated Dmitry Andreikin, who put up one heck of a battle against the monster known as Vladimir Kramnik. The final score was 2.5-1.5 in Kramnik’s favor, so it definitely was not a shut out. Congratulations go to Vladimir for his valiant efforts and brilliant play in Tromso, Norway.
In fact, congratulations go to all the participants. I personally had high hopes for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, whose screen name is Mateus on the Internet Chess Club (ICC). He produced some terribly strong games but, as many other powerful GMs discovered, the knockout system was brutal and unforgiving. It took real stamina, skill, and possibly even some luck to make it to the final round.
Vladimir Kramnik was the world chess champion from 2000-2006. In 2004, he successfully defended his title against the talented GM Peter Leko. It is worth mentioning that their match wasn’t a shut out, either. Leko was the favorite until the very last game, when Vladimir Kramnik drew the match 7-7, causing him to retain the title of world chess champion. He also beat Topalov in 2007.
It wasn’t until 2008 when Vishy Anand finally dethroned the unbelievably hard to shake Vladimir Kramnik and took the title for himself. Most agree that Anand’s preparation was far superior. Kramnik just crumpled.
But this author takes his hat off to the man for remaining a presence in the chess world. Vladimir Kramnik isn’t one to bow out gracefully and sink into the woodwork. Instead, he still plays in strong tournaments and, as this year’s FIDE World Cup proves, still wins them.
Three cheers for Vladimir Kramnik!
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