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World’s Chess ex-Champion Vladimir Kramnik wraps up sports career

Vladimir Kramnik

MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. World’s 14th Chess Champion, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, has announced his decision on Tuesday to wrap up with his career of a chess player, according to the official website of the Chess Super Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.

"I already decided to finish my professional chess career a couple of months ago and now, after having played my last tournament, I would like to announce it publicly," Grandmaster Kramnik, 43, was quoted as saying.

Kramnik finished the traditional super tournament at the start of the year, held in the Netherlands this year between January 12 and 27, in the last 14th place, sharing it with Dutch chess player Jordan Van Foreest.

"The life of a professional chess player was a great journey and I am very thankful to chess for all it has given me," Kramnik said. "It has sometimes been difficult, sometimes more successful than I could ever imagine, but in any case it has been a priceless human experience for me.

"I have always tried my best to give it all from my side, being fully involved in it while working and playing chess," the Grandmaster stated.

"I might still like to play a rapid or blitz chess tournament at times, or do a simultaneous like the [Super Chess tournament] simultaneous in the Dutch parliament building this afternoon and will participate in various events connected with chess, popularizing this great game," he added.

Born in the Russian southern resort city of Tuapse, Kramnik was held the title of the Classical World Chess Champion between 2000 and 2006 and was also the undisputed World Chess Champion within this period.

In 2006 he was the famous Reunification match defeating Veselin Topalov, but in September 2007 Kramnik yielded his world championship’s crown to Viswanathan Anand of India.