Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik, who lives in Paris – where the Alekhine Chess Memorial is being held, started the event with a nice win over Nikita Vitiugov on Sunday. You must check out the game if you want to study how solid chess is played at the super Grandmaster level. A full report on the first round of the Alekhine Chess Memorial is available at Chess Blog.


Kramnik, Vladimir (2801) – Vitiugov, Nikita (2712)

Result: 1-0
Site: Paris, FRA
Date: 2013.04.21
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