- Kramnik solves mate in 5 puzzles in 3 moves. 2 moves against Topalov.
- Other players start the game with 8 pawns; Kramnik starts with 8 miniature replicas of Chuck Norris.
- An "antipositional" move is defined as one that would not have been played by Kramnik.
- Kramnik can castle by hand with his toes.
- Kramnik cannot have a backward pawn-- if this appears so, it is actually the board that is oriented backwards.
- Other players start the game with 2 bishops; Kramnik starts with 2 Popes.
- Boden's mate actually left Boden when she heard that Kramnik was in town.
- Opening Theory that is actually played by Kramnik becomes Opening Fact.
- Caissa was a Thracian dryad known as the "goddess of chess", but she prefers to be referred to as, "Kramnik's bitch."
- Kramnik does not calculate variations-- he only calculates the enemy king's life expectancy.
Ten facts you may not know about Volodya Kramnik:
I was cleaning out an old box and came across this memorable blitz game score against (what was then) a new opponent, Steve, during his first visit to the club last summer. He had just finished terrorizing my buddy, who basically sicced me on him with a knowing nod and a crowd gathered around to watch. We ended up splitting our 4 games and walked away after a firm handshake as chess friends. Our first game had plenty of ultra-violence and crowd reaction, so I had bothered to scribble down the raw game score and stick it in a box for posterity. :-p
Topalov ventured against Kamsky the obscure Romanishin line with 7.Bf4 against the Grunfeld in their Candidates game today. I have mentioned this very same (rare) variation at this blog! Topalov deviated from Schiller's recommendation (feels surreal to type that, yes) by going 8.Qa3 instead of 8.Qc2. (See Schiller's e-book at the top of page 3.) Of course, Topalov's further experiment of 0-0-0 and h2-h4 amounted to either wishful thinking or disrespect against a lionhearted defender like Kamsky.
Also see GM Henrik Danielsen's video analysis of the game at chessdom.com