Vladimir Kramnik Chess Grandmaster
Vladimir Kramnik does not ride the Moscow metro. It's not that the 25-year-old chess grandmaster is an elitist or a claustrophobe. The reason is simple: Kramnik, recently crowned the world's 14th Chess Champion after defeating Garry Kasparov, does not have a Moscow registration permit and fears being picked up by the police.
The fears are not unfounded. A few months ago Kramnik was out for a morning jog and ended up being forced into a police van. His protests went unheeded. "We'll see what kind of Grandmaster you are when we get to the local precinct," the arresting officer quipped.
In fact, Kramnik is a chess champion very much unlike his predecessor Kasparov. …
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Publication information: Article title: Vladimir Kramnik Chess Grandmaster. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Russian Life. Volume: 44. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 2001. Page number: 25. © 2002 Russian Life. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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