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By Vladimir Kramnik

Since he first burst onto the realm chess scene in 1992, exhibiting a adulthood of play some distance past his 16 years, Vladimir Kramnik has been tipped as a destiny international Champion. nonetheless purely in his mid-twenties he has gained various tournaments in lots of nations, and is among the only a few avid gamers on a regular basis to carry his personal with Kasparov.

This booklet, Kramnik's first, describes his lifestyles and chess occupation, starting along with his strange youth. It positive factors greater than 50 of his top video games, deeply annotated, plus a variety of extra video games and online game extracts, together with a few from quickplay and blindfold events.

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