January 29, 2019 / 2:25 PM / 19 days ago

Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik retires

FILE PHOTO: Russian challenger Vladimir Kramnik smiles during a news conference following his victory over defending Chess World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India in the 10th match at the Chess World Championships in Bonn October 27, 2008. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik, regarded as one of the strongest players in the world, announced on Tuesday he was retiring from professional competition.

Kramnik, 43, made waves in 2000 when he defeated defending champion Garry Kasparov at the World Championship. Currently ranked seventh by the World Chess Federation, he became the undisputed world champion in 2006.

“I already decided to finish my professional chess career a couple of months ago and now, after having played my last tournament, I would like to announce it publicly,” he said on the website of the Tata Steel Chess tournament that ended in the Netherlands on Sunday.

He said he was quitting to focus on chess education projects.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; editing by Robin Pomeroy

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