For those of you unfamiliar with the soap opera that passes for the World Championship, a little background on this match is in order. Kramnik won the title from Garry Kasparov in 2000. He defended it successfully against Peter Leko using “classical” time controls as stated in the match rules of 2004. This was not a FIDE sanctioned match and while there have been other FIDE world champions, Kramnik’s defeat of Kasparov has generally been recognized as the “real” world title. FIDE no doubt thinks otherwise. Veselin Topalov won the most recent tournament for the FIDE World Championship in Argentina in 2005. For more on both players, check out the Kramnik entry and the Topalov entry in Wikipedia.
To learn more about how Kramnik and Topalov play chess, check out the following articles by Eric Schiller to understand the different and dynamic styles of these world class players.