Reports | December 11, 2009 0:19

First London videos: Howell & Kramnik

Videos from LondonThe first two videos are up. Yesterday I asked David Howell about his game against Nigel Short, and about his opinion of the infamous Petroff Defence. I also got Vladimir Kramnik before the camera, and asked him about how he looked back at the Tal Memorial and his loss against Magnus Carlsen in London.

By the way, in case you wonder about the Nikon D90 in the logo here: that's the camera I've been using for about a year now for photos and videos. It was the first DSLR camera on the market that can shoot HD video. For better sound I use an iPod with a microphone attached to it.


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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Webbimio's picture

Kramnik is a fair guy. I mean, he could have said that he made absurdly weak moves because of inexplicable reasons, and nobody would have had nothing to object, maybe. Instead he says that Carlsen played an excellen game and he didn't do any terrible blunder. "He is a great player, it happens", the kind of answer I expect from a champion. I hope he will find his best form in London.

Barthod's picture

Good comments from Kramnik. No excuses, just honest talk.
He will be a force to reckon with in the new WC-Cyclus.

Rob Brown's picture

One can't help but be impressed with Vladimir Kramnik, a truly great player, a real gentleman and a true sportsman, as was clearly demonstrated by his performance in the Topalov match, and is evident again in this video.

christos (greece)'s picture

Kramnik confirms he is a sportsman who can take losses normally because they are an unavoidable part of the game. This aspect of his character has been widely known since a long time.

noyb's picture

I wouldn't call Kramnik a "fair" player or a gentlemen or a sportsman. He's objective in his observations, but he wouldn't grant Kasparov a rematch because he knew he'd lose. Objective coward maybe, not fair.

Deep Mikey's picture

Despite the question whether Kramnik is a gentleman or not, I would like to say that I'm really impressed by the quality of the videos!!

In my eyes your are actually the clear benchmark on the 'internet chess news sector', Peter! There are a few very good sites for this or that kind of information, but here I nearly always find so many and complete information that I don't need to visit the other pages! :-D

'Chess business' is not easy - we both know it very good -, but I really hope you will keep on working as hard as you are actually doing! For our royal game but hopefully also to your utmost satisfaction!

Amen! ;-)

chessfan's picture

Far worse is Gelfand playing the pet-draw. Glad I gave the WCup game no time, Today. Interviewing Howell after his great save with White versus Carlsen Today will reveal and even better smile!

Flatline's picture

Kramnik is no coward. He has already explained the situation with Kasparov - that they both agreed to a World Championship Cycle to be initiated which Kasparov then refused to particiapate in. Kramnik kept to the letter and has never refused a fight. Anyway, all of that is political rubbish and irrelevant. Kramnik's record against Kasparov was fairly even and there is no evidence that he would have lost a rematch as he is one of the few players of this era who wasn't scared of Kasparov. He is a fine player and I wish him well.

dan's picture

should charge Nikon for free advertisement... but D90 is ok.

vooruitgang's picture

Very nice work Peter.Thank you. I am patiently waiting for Carlsen-Nakamura on Saturday! Keep up the great work.

Leiton's picture

Absolute disinformation regarding Kramnik "cowardice". Kramnik isn't coward, there was a clause in the contract of the London match that said there was NO obligation to a rematch. Kramnik followed the rules, Kasparov wanted to break them (as usual). Kramnik instead gave the opportunity to other players, and in Dortmund Peter Leko won the right to play the match. It was totally fair.

Paul's picture

Wow- Kramnik- first chess player i've ever seen admit they lost because they made average moves and not look like their entire ego is falling apart. Good show.

iLane's picture

The D90 was not the first DSLR with HD, it was Canon 5D MkII and then Nikon, Pentax and all other joined the trend. Anyway, good interviews. :)

PP (nl)'s picture

@iLane: that's incorrect. The Canon is the first supporting full-HD video...

The D90 is selling very good since it came out. That has a reason... It's a great camera for a great price. And no: I do not have one, I own a D200... ;-)

luzin's picture

Kramnik is always a pleasure to hear speaking

pat j's picture

agreed: people seem to often give kramnik a hard time - but the guy is just totally objective, fair, and courteous.

a great gm!!!!

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