As World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik had some memorable highlights and lowlights. In 2004, Kramnik would win the heralded Linares Tournament, one of the strongest tournaments to date. Later in 2004 he would also successfully defend his title against challenger Peter Leko. In 2002 Kramnik, following in the footsteps of his predecessor Kasparov, played a match against deep Fritz, one of the strongest computer programs at the time. While making some "human" errors, Kramnik displayed a fighting spirit and was able to draw the match 4 to 4. In 2006 Kramnik once again faced off against a computer opponent, this time Deep Fritz 10. Kramnik would inauspiciously find himself as headline news for committing what has been called "the greatest blunder in chess history". Blundering a simple mate in one in a completely drawn endgame, he would eventually lose the match proving that even at the highest level humans make mistakes.
In 2006 Kramnik faced Veselin Topalov in a World Chess Championship Unification Match. The match would be hotly contested and highly controversial. Topalov would by accuse Kramnik of using the bathroom too frequently, thus implying some kind of foul play. Kramnik boycotted the fifth game in protest. The match would fittingly end in a 6 to 6 draw. Kramnik would go on to win a blitz tie-break and become the first undisputed world champion since Gary Kasparov in 1993. Kramnik agreed that he whoever won the FIDE World Championship Tournament in Mexico in 2007 would be crowned and recognized the unified champion. Vishwanathan Anand would win the tournament and become the new world champion. Kramnik, who would finish in second, reserved the right to challenge Anand for the title in a rematch.
In 2008 Kramnik and Anand would square off in Bonn, Germany for the World Chess Championship. This time it was Anand whose preparation was superior. He would defeat Kramnik 6 ½ to 4 ½ and retain the title. Ironically, Kramnik would aid Anand in his title defense vs. Veselin Topalov in 2010. Kramnik continues to compete and perform at or near the top in just about every major tournament he plays in. He is only the second player in history of six, after Gary Kasparov, to surpass a rating of 2800. He also briefly recaptured the World number 1 ranking for a brief period in 2008. Much of Kramnik's success can be attributed to his methodical positional style and his tenacious fighting spirit over the board.
Some Famous Vladimir Kramnik Quotes:
"Chess is art of carrying out a long term plan"
"It is rightly said that the most difficult thing in chess is winning a won position"
"I have never said this before, but I think he is the only one who plays as well as I did at the same age" - - Gary Kasparov