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Vladimir Kramnik

Former Chess World Champion

Vladimir Kramnik is a Russian chess grandmaster and was the undisputed World Chess Champion from 2000 until 2007. Since April 2007 Kramnik has been rated 2772 in the FIDE Elo rating list, ranking equal second in the world. In October 2000, he beat Garry Kasparov in a sixteen game match played in London, and became the Classical World Chess Champion. In late 2004, Kramnik successfully defended his title against challenger Péter Lékó in a drawn fourteen game match played in Brissago, Switzerland.

"A world class strategist"

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In detail

As a child, Vladimir Kramnik studied in the chess school established by Mikhail Botvinnik. His first notable result in a major tournament was his gold medal win as first reserve for the Russian team in the 1992 Chess Olympiad in Manila. He was only sixteen years old at the time and had not yet been awarded the grandmaster title, but his selection was supported by Garry Kasparov. He went on to win eight games and one draw with no losses.

What he offers you

about the importance of preparation and shows how all of us can use his methods to achieve our own goals in both our professional and private lives.

How he presents

Stimulating, entertaining and inspirational, Vladimir captures audiences' attention around the world with his well prepared presentations.


He presents in English or Russian.

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Speaking topics

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Preparation
  • Motivation
  • The World of Chess
  • Current Affairs

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