Qatar Chess 2014: Kramnik crushes Giri; both in Joint Lead

The Qatar Chess Masters Open 2014 – the strongest chess open ever – is being held from November 25 to December 5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Doha, Qatar. There are 92 Grandmasters participating with 56 rated over 2600 and incredible 14 over 2700. Top seed Anish Giri was going full throttle with six wins in six rounds, but former world chess champion beat him in the seventh round. Now both the GMs are in joint lead with two rounds to go. Check out this Round 7 game with Chess King. Photo: Official website Read more…

World Team Chess Big-Fight Draw: Vladimir Kramnik – Mohamed Ezat 1/2-1/2

Russia has won the World Team Chess Championship 2013 with a solid performance. Here is a game from the last round that nearly gave Russia the jitters towards the end, but all credit to Vladimir Kramnik to keep pushing for a win and Mohamed Ezat of Egypt to keep the score down to a draw. An exciting big fight, worth-a-watch chess game. Read a full report, on Chess Blog, about Russia winning the World Team Chess Championship 2013 in Antalya, Turkey this week. Read more…

World Chess Cup 2013 Final Game 1: Vladimir Kramnik – Dmitry Andreikin 1-0

Here is the ruthless first game of the World Chess Cup 2013 that Vladimir Kramnik played to beat country-mate Dmitry Andreikin in Tromso, Norway on Friday. Both the Russians have already qualified for the World Chess Cup 2013. For a full report on the World Chess Cup, read Chess Blog. Read more…

World Chess Cup Round 5: Vladimir Kramnik – Anton Korobov 1-0

The World Chess Cup being played in Tromso, Norway is now in the fifth round. The knockout tournament has only eight players left from a pool of 128. In the first game of Round 5, all other games were drawn, but Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik beat Anton Korobov with a nice finesse. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Strong Chess Games: Kramnik in Top Form

Chess King brings you a puzzle from the games of one of the strongest Grandmasters of our times. LEVEL: Intermediate CATEGORY: Middle Game From the game Arkady Naiditsch – Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2009. Black plays and wins. Read more…

Dortmund Chess 2013 Round 1: Vladimir Kramnik – Wang Hao 1-0

Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia did pull out an extra pawn early enough, but the Chinese could have held on for a draw. However, Wang Hao blundered on move 25 and resigned. Replay the game with Chess King and read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 9: Michael Adams – Vladimir Kramnik 0-1

Vladimir Kramnik played the longest game of the last round to beat Michael Adams and conclude the Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 with a 50% score. The Russian Grandmaster showed how rolling pawns can be devastating and decide the game against the strongest of opposition. Read a tournament report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 R5: Vladimir Kramnik – Laurent Fressinet 0-1

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 R5: A great game that French Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet is unlikely to forget. There were fireworks all around and Fressinet came armed to take on the might of Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik. A piece sac by Black, long castle, positional compensation allowed Black to engineer a super pawn roll. Eventually, White cracked thanks to a second sacrifice! Must-Watch, Must-Learn Chess Game! You can read a full report on the Round at Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 R2: Levon Aronian – Vladimir Kramnik 1-0

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 2: The game between the two top chess players of the world (after World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen) – Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik – was a thrilling one. Aronian steered the game into a winning end position to recover from his loss in the first round. It was a fascinating pawn race and a beautiful mating net. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Replay the full game with Chess King. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013: Vladimir Kramnik – Nikita Vitiugov 1-0

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. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R12 Drama: Levon Aronian-Vladimir Kramnik 0-1

Is this the chess game that would eventually take the next World Chess Title to Russia? We don’t know yet as we are in the midst of history writing itself. The Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London is poised at an extremely crucial stage with just two rounds to go. Round 12 was the high point of drama at the event that will give the chess world the next challenger for the World Chess Champion Vishy Anand. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog and preview this exciting game with Chess King below. Read more…

Sac Chess: Find the Weak Spot Arkady Naiditsch – Vladimir Kramnik 0-1

Vladimir Kramnik has just taken the No. 2 position from Levon Aronian in the chess ratings list according to Fide stats released on January 1, 2013. You can read a full report on Chess Blog. Here is a nice puzzle with a typical Kramnik flavor from the #1 chess podcast Chess Killer Tips. The show is, of course, hosted by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk – the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion and the subject of a recent Russian scientific documentary about her “Super Brain”. Back to the puzzle position on the left: Level is Intermediate and Kramnik, as Black, plays against Arkady Naiditsch for a win at Dortmund 2009. How does Black win? Read more…

London Chess Classic 2012 R8: Vladimir Kramnik beats Gawain Jones, Stays in Hunt for Title

Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik played his typical steady chess to beat British Chess Champion 2012 GM Gawain Jones and stay in the running for the title at the London Chess Classic 2012. The game was in Round 8. Exchange-down: No problem! One more round is to be played in London. Kramnik is right behind World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen on the leaderboard for the title. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2012 R6: Levon Aronian – Vladimir Kramnik 1/2-1/2

Former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik did his best to strike down World No. 2 Levon Aronian with two bishops, but the Armenian held his ground. Eventually, the game ended as a draw. Replay the solid defensive game based on the Berlin Defense from Round of the London Chess Classic 2012 with Chess King. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2012 R5: Vladimir Kramnik – Luke McShane 1-0

The game of Round 5 at the London Chess Classic 2012 was Vladimir Kramnik playing a delightful game against Luke McShane. Technique, brilliance and, of course, the sacrifices – the game was quite a show. McShane would have loved the chess as well even though he lost. Check it out with Chess King. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2012 R4: Viswanathan Anand – Vladimir Kramnik 1/2-1/2

The fourth round at the London Chess Classic 2012 witnessed reigning world chess champion take on a former world chess champion: Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik. However, both knew very well how to handle matters and the discussion ended in an easy enough draw. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2012 R2: Hikaru Nakamura – Vladimir Kramnik 0-1

Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik was in form to beat US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura in the second round of the London Chess Classic 2012 on Sunday. Kramnik made the Queen ending look like a piece of cake. Enjoy the game in the super Chess King applet. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2012 R1: Kramnik-Polgar 1-0

The London Chess Classic 2012 first round was played on Saturday, December 1. World’s highest-rated woman chess player, Judit Polgar, dropped a piece in the middlegame and could never recover against former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 9: Can You Spot Nakamura’s Idea to Beat Kramnik?

Nakamura-Kramnik: What happens if White plays 62.c8=Q?

It was the game of Round 9 as Hikaru Nakamura of the US stunned Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to push Russia off the sole lead at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. Black went for a Rook sac, a pawn roll down the center, and a King march, but Nakamura was unstoppable because the compensation was not enough for Black. At one point it did seem Black could claw back a draw. However, it was not to be. White even underpromoted to win! Can you see in the diagram on the left and figure out what happens if White plays 62.c8=Q? Check your answer with the Chess King applet and Houdini analysis. You can also replay the full game between the two powerful grandmasters in the Chess King board. Read more…

Istanbul Chess Olympiad R6: Kramnik Destroys Aronian with Cool Knight Sac

Kramnik plays 23.Nxb7!

Vladimir Kramnik’s game in Round 6 against World No. 2 Levon Aronian at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 is going to be in the history books for sure. Here was a former world chess champion from Russia taking on one of the most talented grandmasters of the modern times. Mercy was the last thing on Kramnik’s mind as he went for a devastating Knight sac and destroyed Aronian in a surgically-conducted attack. A pleasure to watch in the Chess King applet. For a report on Round 6 at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad, check out this Chess Blog link. Watch that Knights journey in the Slav game from f3 to b7! Read more…