Vladimir Kramnik was born in 1975 in Tuapse on the shores of the Black Sea. As a junior he studied at the Botvinnik-Kasparov chess school. At 16 he played for the Russian team at the Manila Olympiad and scored a sensational 8.5/9. After that there followed a string of great tournament results culminating in a world championship match. In 2000 at London Kramnik defeated the chess legend Garry Kasparov to take the title. Kramnik has successfully defended in 2004, against Peter Leko and in 2006 against FIDE champion Veselin Topalov whom he defeated to unify the world championship title. On this DVD Vladimir Kramnik retraces his career from talented schoolboy to World Champion in 2006. With humour and charm he describes his first successes, what it meant to be part of the Russian Gold Medal team at the Olympiad and how he undertook the Herculean task of beating his former mentor and teacher Garry Kasparov. Kramnik dissects his wins against Leko and Topalov giving us a vivid impression of the super-dramatic final games of the 2006 match. His commentary is full of useful advice and provides a fascinating insight into the thought processes that govern top level play. The DVD contains more than six hours of video with narrative and game analysis. There are also five additional segments from an exclusive video interview on the intrigues that surrounded the 2006 world championship, and on the state of the chess world in general. System requirements: PC, Windows Vista or XP, sound card.
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