Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Vladimir Kramnik, chess champion

Chess player Vladimir Kramnik, 30, the current Classical Chess Champion (as in boxing from time to time, the world title is not unified at the moment) and, by rating, the sixth-best chess player in the world, had to miss a major tournament in January due to health reasons. Because you're reading about it here, you will not be surprised to know that the health reasons were ankylosing spondylitis. In an interview posted yesterday on Chessbase News, Kramnik discusses his illness (not by name, unfortunately) and recuperation (I don't think he realizes that "fully cured" will never happen), as well as a reunification match in September (against the other world champion) and a match against a computer in November.

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