Currently alive, at 41 years of age.
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1975 – Born in the town of Tuapse, on the shores of the Black Sea on the 25th of June.
1992 – His first notable result in a major tournament was his gold medal win as first reserve for the Russian team in the Chess Olympiad in Manila.
1995 – He followed this up with a string of good results, but had to wait for his first major tournament win at normal time controls, when he won the strong Dortmund tournament, finishing it unbeaten.
1996 – Kramnik continued to produce good results, including winning at Dortmund for three successive.
1998 – Kramnik played Alexei Shirov in a Candidates match for the right to play Garry Kasparov for the Classical World Chess Championship.
2000 – Kramnik played a sixteen game match against Garry Kasparov in London, for the Classical Chess World Championship.
2002 – In October, Kramnik competed in Brains in Bahrain, an eight game match against the chess computer Deep Fritz in Bahrain.
2004 – On the 25th of September until on the 18th of October, he successfully defended his title as Classical World Chess Champion against challenger Péter Lékó at Brissago, Switzerlandv.
2006 – In April, FIDE announced a reunification match between Kramnik and Topalov the FIDE World Chess Championship.
– He returned from treatment in June, playing in the 37th Chess Olympiad.