Crushing Magnus Carlsen in Vladimir Kramnik’s Style!

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Vladimir Kramnik, the Russian chess grandmaster, is one of the finest positional chess players in the history. He was the Classical World Chess Champion from 2000 to 2006, and the undisputed World Chess Champion from 2006 to 2007. Kramnik was at his best during those years, but he lost the title to Viswanathan Anand in 2007. Nonetheless, he remained a top player; he reached a peak rating of 2817 in October 2016, which makes him the joint-eighth highest-rated player of all time.

His public announcement about his retirement as a professional chess player in January 2019 shocked the chess world. He stated he intends to focus on projects relating to chess for children and education. Today we are going to see a classic game played by him against the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Kramnik vs Carlsen – Dortmund 2007

The Dortmund Sparkassen (2007) had a really interesting pool of players – apart from Kramnik and Carlsen, there were other great players like Anand, Mamedyarov, and Gelfand. It was the fourth round of the tournament and Kramnik had White pieces against 17-year old Carlsen. The Catalan opening was played.

Perhaps, the young prodigy from Norway didn’t have much experience as his opponent during that time, but Kramnik crushed Carlsen fairly quickly and easily. It took only 22 moves for the Russian to gain a positional advantage, with which he made Carlsen resign after 30 moves. The game is a clear example of Kramnik’s brilliant positional play – all it took was a couple of perfect piece exchanges in favour of him.

You can watch the instructive video analysis of this game presented by Manuel Ocantos, one of the RCA Team members, who also authored the lesson about Emanuel Lasker’s amazing piece sacrifice.


About the author – Manuel Ocantos

Manuel Ocantos
I am ELO rated 2217, one of the top players of Luxembourg, have beaten several IMs in classical chess and drew against GM’s and the best Argentine players. I am the Vice-President of Marketing of the Remote Chess Academy 🙂 In my free time I’m a lifelong learner and traveler.

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