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|2004 Dannemann World Chess Championship Match : Kramnik - Leko|
|Vladimir Kramnik played a tied match with Peter Leko to retain his title of non-FIDE World Chess Champion.|
(October 2004) Vladimir Kramnik of Russia played a tied match with Peter Leko of Hungary to retain his title of World Chess Champion. The match, sponsored by the Dannemann cigar company, took place during three weeks at the Centro Dannemann in Brissago, Switzerland.
Dannemann is the latest in a line of sponsors -- Intel, Braingames, and Einstein -- for the non-FIDE World Championship title. The title came into existence when then-World Champion Garry Kasparov broke from FIDE in 1993 to create the now defunct Professional Chess Association (PCA).
Kasparov beat Nigel Short of England in 1993, and Viswanathan Anand of India in 1995, before losing to Kramnik in 2000. The match with Leko was Kramnik's first defense of the title. Leko won the right to challenge Kramnik by winning the Dortmund Qualifier in 2002.
Kramnik came close to losing to Leko. Although he won the first game, he lost the fifth and eighth games, leaving him a point behind Leko. The other games through game 13 were drawn. Match rules stipulated that in the event of a drawn match, Kramnik would retain his title. In the last game, Kramnik managed to win with the White pieces, saving his right to be called World Champion.
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Near the end of the match, FIDE announced that FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov would soon play Kasparov in Dubai with the FIDE title at stake. Kramnik is expected to play a title unification match with the winner of the Kasparov - Kasimdzhanov match, thereby ending the World Championship schism which has plagued top-level chess since the 1990s.