GM Peter Svidler is the Organiser's nominee for the Candidates Tournament 2014. The Candidates Tournament 2014 will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia (Russia) 12th-30th March. All candidates: Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Dmitry Andreikin, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler and Viswanathan Anand, who lost to Magnus Carlsen the World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anand - Carlsen in November, Chennai 2013.
The Women's World Chess Championship 2013 match Anna Ushenina versus Hou Yifan takes place in Taizhou (China) 10th-23rd September. 10 games. Anna Ushenina - Hou Yifan 1.5-5.5. Hou Yifan of China is the Women's World Chess Champion again.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013. Closing Ceremony
Game 7: Hou-Ushenina 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. Yifan had a small advantage due to the better pawn structure. After 31.Qf6! and 37.g5! she got a powerful attack on the black king and won the game and the match.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013: Game 7 and Photos - Hou Yifan wins the title -
Game 6: Ushenina-Hou 0-1. The Queen's Indian Defence. Yifan had good counterplay, and after White's mistake 33.Bd4 she won with the strong 33...c3!. Correct was 33.Qb4 with equality.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013: Game 6 and Photos
Game 5: Hou-Ushenina 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. Anna had good counterplay.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013: Game 5 and Photos - Temples in Taizhou -
Game 4: Hou-Ushenina 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. Yifan had a small edge in the endgame, a draw.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013: Game 4 and Photos
Game 3: Ushenina-Hou 0-1. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Anna made an error, 17.Bxc4?, and Yifan won the exchange.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013: Game 3 and Photos
Game 2: Hou-Ushenina 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. With counterplay.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013: Game 2 and Photos - Stars -
Game 1: Ushenina-Hou 0-1. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Anna had a space advantage in the opening. But in the middlegame Yifan got a strong attack on White's king.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina vs Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013: Game 1 and Photos
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina versus Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013. Opening Ceremony and Technical meeting
Before the match: Women's World Chess Champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine, Challenger Hou Yifan of China (Ex World Champion).
Games (7, pgn)
Hou Yifan. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Baku, Azerbaijan, 5th May 2013. The FIDE Presidential Board meeting today confirmed Chennai as the venue for the World Chess Championship match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, 6-26 November 2013. The agreement was signed by Bharat Singh, Hony Secretary All India Chess Federation and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Magnus Carlsen has the highest rating in the world of all time, 2861 in January 2013 FIDE Rating List
FIDE Rating, January 2013, Top 101
The Women's World Chess Championship 2012 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 10th November - 2nd December.
Final: Antoaneta Stefanova - Anna Ushenina 2.5-3.5. Anna Ushenina of Ukraine is the Women's World Chess Champion. Anna Ushenina will play the match against the former world champion Hou Yifan in 2013.
Semifinals: Antoaneta Stefanova - Dronavalli Harika 1.5-0.5, Anna Ushenina - Ju Wenjun 2.5-1.5 (Anna beat Wenjun in the King's Indian Saemisch System).
Round 4: Marie Sebag - Antoaneta Stefanova 1-3, Zhao Xue - Harika Dronavalli 1.5-2.5, Ju Wenjun - Huang Qian 3.5-2.5, Nadezhda Kosintseva - Anna Ushenina 0.5-1.5.
Round 3: Nadezhda Kosintseva - Tatiana Kosintseva 3.5-2.5, Ju Wenjun - Natalia Zhukova 2.5-1.5.
Round 2: Monika Socko - Hou Yifan 3-1, Humpy Konery - Natalia Zhukova 0-2, Anna Ushenina - Anna Muzychuk 3-1.
Round 1: Ju Wenjun checkmated Atousa Pourkashiyan with a queen sacrifice. Anastasia Bodnaruk sacrificed two rooks and checkmated Lela Javakhishvili in the romantic style of the Italian masters of the 17th-18th centuries. In game 2 Atousa beat Wenjun, Lela beat Anastasia in the strategic style. Ju-Pourkashiyan 4-2, Bodnaruk-Javakhishvili 2.5-3.5.
Khanty-Mansiysk is located on the Irtysh River in Siberia.
The FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2012 between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand took place in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow (Russia) 10th-31st May. 12 classic games. Anand-Gelfand 6-6; 2.5-1.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion again, he retains World Championship title.
World Chess Championship Match 2012 Viswanathan Anand versus Boris Gelfand, Moscow 2012
World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand.
Photos by Anastasia Karlovich and Alexey Yushenkov, http://moscow2012.fide.com/
Germany leads in the number of players with rating. The greatest increase in the number of players was in Spain.
Secrets of the January 2012 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 7.01.2012)
The Women's World Chess Championship 2011: match Hou Yifan versus Humpy Koneru took place in Tirana (Albania) 14th-24th November. The closing ceremony - November 30. Hou Yifan, the beautiful rose of China, retains Women's World Championship title. The former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev congratulated World Champion Hou Yifan heartily on the closing ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Tirana.
The closing ceremony. Hou Yifan is Women's World Chess Champion.
Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan 2.5-5.5
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova, http://www.fide.com/
The Women's World Chess Championship 2010 took place in Antakya (Turkey) 2nd-25th December. Hou Yifan is the World Women Champion.
Final: Hou, Yifan - Ruan, Lufei 2-2; 3-1.
Semifinals: Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan 0.5-1.5
Ruan, Lufei - Zhao, Xue 2.5-1.5
The World Chess Championship 2010 match World Champion Viswanathan Anand versus Veselin Topalov took place in Sofia (Bulgaria) 24th April - 12th May. Anand vs Topalov 6.5-5.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion again.
World Chess Championship 2010
The World Chess Championship 2008 took place October 14-15, 17-18, 20-21, 23-24, 26-27, 29, 2008 in Bonn (Germany), between Viswanathan Anand (India) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia). Kramnik-Anand 4.5-6.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion.
World Chess Championship 2008
The World Women's Championship 2008 took place in Nalchik (Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation) from 28 August to 18 September. Alexandra Kosteniuk is the World Women Champion. Silver: Hou Yifan. Bronze medals: Pia Cramling and Humpy Koneru.
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Hou, Yifan 1/2. Sicilian. Alexandra gained a small advantage, then Yifan completely equalized the game. Yifan made errors, 34...Rc8 and 35...Rfd8, so Alexandra stormed on the kingside with the strong 36.Rxh7+! and could quickly win with 39.b6. Then in the drawish position Yifan blundered, and Alexandra obtained a huge edge with 46.Rd5, because the black king was in danger (queen vs 2 rooks). However, Alexandra preferred to do a draw by perpetual check to become the Champion.
Hou, Yifan - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1/2. Yifan grabbed a pawn in the Ruy Lopez, Alexandra got good counterplay (two bishops, the lonely white d3-pawn) after 17.Nxg6, 17.Ng4 looks better. Then Alexandra had two extra pawns in the rook endgame.
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Hou, Yifan 1/2. Yifan grabbed a pawn in the French, then Alexandra took a pawn back, but Yifan obtained good counterplay. Then Yifan made a mistake, 27...h5, and Alexandra won a pawn, could have won with 39.Nxf5. Now the position is drawish because Alexandra (3 extra pawns) must give her rook for the e-pawn. Perpetual check.
Hou, Yifan - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1. Alexandra equalized in the Ruy Lopez, then she obtained an advantage due to weak squares in the White's camp.
FIDE Rating, January 2008, Top 101
FIDE Rating, October 2007, Top 101
The World Chess Championship 2007 took place in Mexico September 12-30.
Crosstable of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico City
1. Viswanathan Anand - 9; 2-3. Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Gelfand - 8; 4. Peter Leko - 7; 5. Peter Svidler - 6.5; 6-7. Alexander Morozevich, Levon Aronian - 6; 8. Alexander Grischuk - 5.5.
Games (56, zipped pgn)
R14: Anand-Leko 1/2. A quick draw. Anand is the World Champion.
Kramnik-Aronian 1-0. A theoretical duel in the Queen's Indian. Vladimir produced a strong novelty, 17.Rb1. He sacrificed the exchange with 19.Nc5!, then Levon gave his bishop for two pawns. Kramnik had a huge edge, two mighty bishops.
Morozevich-Gelfand 1/2. Russian. White had a slight advantage. Better is 24.Ne6.
Svidler-Grischuk 1-0. Sicilian. A novelty is 20.Rc1.
R13: Gelfand-Kramnik 1/2. White had a slight advantage in the Semi-Slav, but Black successfully traded pieces to make a draw.
Grischuk-Anand 1/2. Alexander gained a small but lasting edge in the endgame, then won a pawn. Surprise! Vishy battled on like a tiger. But Grischuk could have won with 58.Rb5.
Aronian-Svidler 1/2. English. Levon exerted pressure on the f-file. Better is 21.Rd2.
Leko-Morozevich 1-0. Sicilian. Peter repulsed Black's counterattack on the queenside and obtained a clear edge thanks to the better pawn structure.
R12: Svidler-Anand 1/2. Ruy Lopez. Black easily equalized.
Aronian-Gelfand 0-1. Queen's Gambit. Levon ventured upon the aggresssive 16.g4. But Boris obtained the better game with 20...Nb6.
Kramnik-Leko 1-0. Catalan. Vladimir obtained a slight edge, then Peter equalized with 20...Be7. However, Kramnik sacrificed the exchange and got excellent compensation. Correct is 21...Nxc5.
Morozevich-Grischuk 1-0. English. Better is 12...Bd6.
R11: Leko-Aronian 1/2. A theoretical duel in the Queen's Indian. 20...Rc8 is a novelty, Kramnik played 20...Rd8 in Wijk aan Zee 2005.
Gelfand-Svidler 1/2. Gruenfeld. Boris had a slight advantage, seized the centre. Then Peter got normal counterplay with 14...Qd6, the ending is better for him.
Anand-Morozevich 1-0. Najdorf Sicilian. Viswanathan obtained a small edge, grabbed the a-pawn, gorgeously sacrificed his queen and finished with the elegant 56. Re5. Bravo!
Grischuk-Kramnik 1/2. Russian. A quick draw. The shortest game in the championship.
R10: Svidler-Morozevich 1/2. Caro-Kann. Very unclear... The black king on f8.
Aronian-Grischuk 1-0. The strange Queen's Gambit. Zeitnot!
Gelfand-Leko 1/2. Catalan. A draw by perpetual check.
Kramnik-Anand 1/2. Vladimir chose a sharp gambit line and quickly won the exchange! But Vishy defended well and equalized the game.
R9: Leko-Svidler 1/2. Sicilian. 13...Rc8 is a novelty, with 16...d5! Black had good counterplay, can make perpetual check with 21...Qxc2+ 22.Ka1 Bxa3.
Grischuk-Gelfand 1-0. Nimzo. Alexander had a slight edge in the opening - two bishops, gradually outplayed the opponent in the rook endgame. 19...c5 is a novelty.
Anand-Aronian 1/2. Marshall Spanish. Vishy has very good results here in the Marshall. But Levon obtained nice compensation for a pawn - a developing advantage, all his pieces were on good places. 15. g3 is a novelty.
Morozevich-Kramnik 1-0. Double-edged struggle! Alexander pushed 13.g4, had some edge after the laughable ...Rc5-Ra5. 17...f6 looks better. After the game Vladimir said 13...c4 was bad, he recommended 13...Rb8.
R8: Svidler-Kramnik 1/2. Again the plan with h2-h4 in the Russian. Peter attacked with 22.g4.
Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Catalan. Very popular here.
Aronian-Morozevich 1/2. Alexander sacrificed a pawn. Levon was glad to grab. Better is 20...bxc5.
Leko-Grischuk 1-0. Ruy Lopez. After 40.Nd2 and 43.g5 Peter had a powerful attack on the king's wing, won two pawns. All players have narrow opening repertoires, Spanish, Russian, Catalan.
R7: Svidler-Aronian 1/2. Exchange Variation of the Spanish. Black equalized with 17...f5.
Kramnik-Gelfand 1/2. Queen's Gambit. Vladimir used a novelty, 13.Qc1. But Boris launched a nice counterattack on the kingside with 18...g4. However, he made a mistake, 28...Rd6, and Kramnik grabbed a pawn.
Morozevich-Leko 1/2. Scotch Game. Peter had good counterplay.
Anand-Grischuk 1-0. Ruy Lopez. With equality in the opening, but the ending was better for Viswanathan.
R6: Grischuk-Svidler 1/2. A sharp fight! Alexander sacrificed two pawns in opening, then - a bishop 24. Bxc4! But Peter gave his queen and made a draw after few inaccurate moves. Perhaps White could have won with 37.Qh8+.
Gelfand-Morozevich 1-0. The Dutch set-up in the Queen's Indian, with counterplay. Alexander gave his rook for the e3-bishop. Boris found a strong blow 28.Nxg7! and won.
Aronian-Kramnik 1/2. Vladimir played against ... the Catalan! With equality.
R5: Anand-Svidler 1-0. Peter had sufficient counterplay in the Marshall Spanish. But then Vishy seized the a-file and obtained an edge.
Grischuk-Morozevich 1-0. Queen's Gambit. Black weakened his kingside. White attacked with 24.exf5!, grabbed the exchange.
Leko-Kramnik 1/2. Equality in the Bishop's Opening.
Gelfand-Aronian 1-0. Modern Benoni. Levon sacrificed a pawn to take e5-square for knights. But better was 26...Nxe4. Boris won the exchange and the game.
R4: Svidler-Gelfand 1/2. Again the plan with h2-h4 in the Russian.
Aronian-Leko 1-0. The Sicilian set-up for the first time for all rounds, after 1.c4 c5. Black had sufficient counterplay, but the result was unclear. Levon seized the initiative with 28.e5 after the weak 27...Bd8. Peter riskily gave his knight for few pawns.
Kramnik-Grischuk 1/2. Again the Catalan. Vladimir uses the rare 11.a3 and grabs the pawn with 13.Qxc7. He had a small, then a big edge. But in mutual time trouble Kramnik made a mistake 38.Rxa7? and Alexander saved a half point in the ending without a pawn. Better is 38.Qa2 or 38.Qa4, winning.
Morozevich-Anand 1/2. Viswanathan made a new move 16...g6. He outplayed the opponent in the middlegame and got the better endgame, had a huge advantage after 31...Kb8. But Alexander battled on as a leopard, and Anand made errors: 44...Bxa2, 56...Re8.
R3: Morozevich-Svidler 1-0. Peter has counterplay in the Scotch Game, perhaps 12...Qg6 is better. After the bad queen manoeuvre ...Qh6-Qd2 Alexander obtained a clear advantage with 20.Qb1, two bishops, the strong centre.
Anand-Kramnik 1/2. Vishy had a slight advantage in the Russian, but Vladimir played precisely and equalized. The endgame looked drawish. Kramnik won only a pawn with 35...Rxa3.
Grischuk-Aronian 1/2. A double-edged struggle in the Spanish. Alexander stormed on the kinside with 16.Rg4+. Probably White could have won with 30.Qh6! Qd2 31.f4.
Leko-Gelfand 1/2. Russian. Peter has two doubled pawns, he opens g-file to attack. However, Boris can repel the attack and make a draw if he will play without mistakes. Gelfand made an error 20...h6 so Leko seized the initiative. But 34.Qd2 is more precise with the idea of g4-g5. Then Boris found the strong advance ...d4 and ...d3 with equality. Peter did an error too, 42.cxd3, however the queen ending was drawn. Perpetual check on move 100.
R2: Svidler-Leko 1/2. A theoretical duel in the Marshall Spanish. White played the rare 13.Qe2 and set problems, had an extra pawn in the ending.
Gelfand-Grischuk 1/2. Boris gained a slight edge in the Queen's Indian, but after the weak 14.cxd5?! Alexander got dynamic counterplay.
Aronian-Anand 0-1. Levon sacrificed a pawn and had compensation. But Vishy defended well so Aronian decided to attack in the centre with the risky 21.Nd5. Anand got a huge advantage after 27...f5 and must win, because White's rook on h5 has no prospects.
Kramnik-Morozevich 1-0. Alexander grabbed a pawn in the Catalan. Vladimir sacrificed his knight! He had excellent compensation. Morozevich was in time trouble.
R1: Kramnik-Svidler 1/2. Queen's Gambit Declined or Semi-Slav. White had an advantage in developing, but Black keeped two bishops. Vladimir obtained a clear edge with the simple and strong 18.h4. There were many weaknesses in the Black's camp. But then Peter gained sufficient counterplay with the pawn sacrifice 19...c5! after the dubious 19. Bb1 and 22. Nh2. Better is 19.h5 or 22.Bd3.
Morozevich-Aronian 1/2. Alexander attacked with 8.h4 in the Queen's Indian, but had only the slightly better chances.
Anand-Gelfand 1/2. Viswanathan tried to attack on the kingside with h4-h5 in the Russian. Boris could gain a powerful counterattack by the bishop sacrifice 16...c5! and if 17.bxc4? then 17...Qa5, winning.
Grischuk-Leko 1/2. Peter got good counterplay with the counterblow in the centre 13...d5 in the Ruy Lopez.
FIDE Rating, July 2007, Top 102
FIDE Rating, April 2007, Top 100
FIDE Rating, January 2007, Top 100
Secrets of the July 2005 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 21.08.2005)
Secrets of the July 2004 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 11.08.2004)
Secrets of the April 2004 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 12.05.2004)
Secrets of the January 2004 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 17.02.2004)
The World Chess Championship 2006, Match Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik took place in Elista (Russia) 21st September - 13th October. Kramnik-Topalov 6-6 (or 6-5), playoff 2.5-1.5.
Vladimir Kramnik is World Chess Champion.
13. Rapid Playoff 2.5-1.5.
4. Kramnik-Topalov 1-0. White had slightly better chances in the ending. But Vladimir gradually outplayed the rival.
3. Topalov-Kramnik 1-0. As in 9th game Black quickly took on c4. White attacked with 33. g4, won a queen by 40. e7+.
2. Kramnik-Topalov 1-0. Vladimir had a small edge thanks to his central d5-pawn, but in several moves he gained a huge advantage. Then he excellently sacrificed the exchange and promoted his a-pawn.
1. Topalov-Kramnik 1/2. Vladimir obtained good counterplay in the Slav as in 2nd game, grabbed a pawn. Veselin had the passed b-pawn. Then almost all pieces were traded, Kramnik must give 2 pawns for b-pawn. Draw agreed in the rook endgame.
12. Kramnik-Topalov 1/2. Vladimir launched a classical minority attack on the queenside with 16. b4 and so got a small edge. But the ending was drawish. Perpetual check.
11. Topalov-Kramnik 1/2. Vladimir gained good counterplay in the Slav with the forceful break 10...e5 in the centre. Mounted troops are superior to bishops in closed positions. But then Kramnik decided to simplify by the dubious 18...Ne4. Veselin had a slight edge in the endgame. However, he made a real mistake 29. f5, and Vladimir got an advantage with the nice knight's manoeuvres.
10. Kramnik-Topalov 1-0. Vladimir grabbed a pawn, but Black had some compensation. Then Topalov made the mistake 24...f6, and Kramnik got big chances to win.
9. Topalov-Kramnik 1-0. White obtained an advantage due to two bishops and a strong pawn centre. Black preferred a bad plan with 10...dxc4 and b7-b5-b4, opened the position for the rival's monks and lost.
8. Kramnik-Topalov 0-1. Double-edged play in the opening. But the ending looked better for Black: rook+pawn vs 2 knights. The decisive mistake was 41. Kxg3.
7. Topalov-Kramnik 1/2. Vladimir gained good counterplay in the Queen's Gambit Accepted. He had the ideal d5-outpost for his knights. White tried to attack on the kingside. Then Vladimir grabbed a pawn and probably planned to win.
6. Topalov-Kramnik 1/2. Vladimir gradually equalized in the Slav.
5. Kramnik-Topalov -/+. Vladimir Kramnik did not play, because the Appeals Committee took the decisions that broke the agreements on conditions. Danailov's appeals and statements are incorrect, shocking and absurd.
The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a statement that the match Topalov-Kramnik must be continued from the 6th game with the 3:2 score. The strange decision. Now Danailov and Topalov have all what they wanted to have. Fair play?
4. Topalov-Kramnik 1/2. White had compensation for the sacrificed pawn, so Vladimir gave a pawn back to open diagonal for his bishop and to simplify the position. Better was 25.Rc1. Veselin's chances were somewhat better in the endgame, but Black secured nice counterplay with 36...Qh4.
3. Kramnik-Topalov 1/2. Veselin used a novelty 15...Rc8 in the Catalan. Better was 17.Ne4. Then Vladimir had a strong passed pawn in the centre, but he chose a dubious move 35.Rb3 in time trouble. So Black counterattacked with 35...f5, and White had to do perpetual check.
2. Topalov-Kramnik 0-1. Vladimir obtained some counterplay in the Slav. But Veselin launched a fierce attack on the kingside with 20.g4 and beautifully sacrificed his queen with 29.hxg6!!. He could have won quickly after an error 31...Bxf8 with 32.Rxg4+. Also 36. Qh5 was clearly better. After 45. Bc1 Bf8 Kramnik had a good ending.
1. Kramnik-Topalov 1-0. Vladimir had a slight edge in the Catalan, then Black equalized and could make a draw by repetition with 39...Nd2, and then many times as well. But Veselin wanted zealously to win and did a fatal mistake 57...f5 in the endgame.
Kramnik, Vladimir (2743) - Topalov, Veselin (2813) [E04], World Championship Match, Elista (1) 2006 (Notes by Boris Schipkov, 25.09.2006)
Games (15, pgn)
FIDE Rating, October 2006, Top 100
FIDE Rating, July 2006, Top 101
FIDE Presidential Elections 2006
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was re-elected June 2nd, 96 votes. For Bessel Kok - 54 votes.
Ticket of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov "Chess FIDE Fidelity".
Ticket of Bessel Kok "The Right Move".
FIDE Rating, April 2006, Top 101
The Women's World Chess Championship 2006 took place in Ekaterinburg (Russia) March 10th-25th.
Final: Galliamova, Alisa - Xu, Yuhua 0-1 (Endgame), 1/2, 0-1 (Alisa had a clear advantage, an extra pawn, but then she made mistakes). Xu Yuhua is the new Women's World Champion.
Semifinals: Cmilyte, Viktorija - Galliamova, Alisa 1/2 (White had an edge. Perpetual check); 0-1.
Matveeva, Svetlana - Xu, Yuhua 1/2; 0-1.
R4: Galliamova, Alisa - Khurtsidze, Nino 1-0, 1-0. Alisa grabbed a piece.
Matveeva, Svetlana - Sebag, Marie 1/2, 1-0. Svetlana obtained an advantage in the ending.
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Xu, Yuhua 1/2, 1/2; 0.5-1.5.
Chiburdanidze, Maia - Cmilyte, Viktorija 1-0 (Black could have won with 30...Nh5), 0-1 (Viktorija won two pawns); 0.5-1.5.
R3: Galliamova, Alisa (RUS) - Radziewicz, Iweta (POL) 2.5-1.5
Sebag, Marie (FRA) - Qin, Kanying (CHN) 4-2
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina (RUS) - Peng, Zhaoqin (NED) 2.5-1.5
Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS) - Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU) 0.5-1.5
Ju, Wenjun (CHN) - Chiburdanidze, Maia (GEO) 2-4
Xu, Yuhua (CHN) - Kosintseva, Tatiana (RUS) 1.5-0.5
Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman (IND) - Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS) 0.5-1.5
Khurtsidze, Nino (GEO) - Hou, Yifan (CHN) 2-0.
R2 unexpected results: Stefanova-Radziewicz 1-3, Sebag-Koneru 3-1.
FIDE Rating, January 2006, Top 101
The World Chess Championship Tournament 2005 took place in San Luis (Argentina) 27 September – 16 October. Viswanathan Anand (Grand Maharaja-yogi of India), Veselin Topalov (Grand Berserk of Bulgaria), Peter Leko (Grand Druid of Hungary), Michael Adams (Grand Prince of England), Alexander Morozevich (Grand Prince of Chaos), Peter Svidler (Grand Prince of Petersburg, hehe), Judit Polgar (Grand Sorceress of Budapest), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Grand Prince of East).
Veselin Topalov is the new World Champion.
1. Topalov - 10; 2. Anand - 8.5; 3. Svidler - 8.5; 4. Morozevich - 7; 5. Leko - 6.5; 6. Kasimdzhanov - 5.5; 7. Adams - 5.5; 8. Polgar - 4.5.
Anand took second place thanks to the greater number of wins, Anand had five wins, Svidler had four.
Crosstable of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005, San Luis, Argentina
Topalov-Polgar 1/2. Queen's Indian.
Leko-Kasimdzhanov 1-0. Sicilian. Peter obtained a small edge and outplayed the rival.
Morozevich-Adams 1/2. Spanish. White had a slight advantage in the original opening with the black bishop on g7. Interesting and sharp! Black seized the center and counterattacked.
Svidler-Anand 1/2. Russian. A calm game.
Kasimdzhanov-Topalov 1/2. Spanish Berlin. White had a slight advantage and grabbed a pawn. In the ending Black attacked with the exchange sacrifice. Kasimdzhanov symbolically handed the chess crown over to the new World Champion Veselin Topalov.
Adams-Leko 1/2. Sicilian. Peter equalized.
Anand-Morozevich 1/2. French. The players castled on opposite sides. Vishy sacrificed his bishop with the classical 19.Bxh7+. Perpetual check after the gorgeous 27.Qxf8+.
Polgar-Svidler 1/2. Spanish Marshall. With equality in the endgame.
Topalov-Svidler 1/2. Spanish. White had a comfortable position.
Morozevich-Polgar 1/2. Sicilian. With counterplay.
Leko-Anand 0-1. Russian. A sharp theoretical duel. Peter gave two pawns and lost.
Kasimdzhanov-Adams 1/2. Spanish. White grabbed a pawn, but Black had counterplay due to his strong knight on d3. White was better in the ending.
Adams-Topalov 1/2. Sicilian. Michael had an attack for the sacrificed pawn. Bravo! Perpetual check.
Anand-Kasimdzhanov 1-0. Sicilian. A sharp struggle. The black king unsuccesfully was in the center.
Polgar-Leko 1/2. Caro-Kann. Black had a small advantage in the endgame.
Svidler-Morozevich 1-0. Russian. Black had counterplay in the opening, but White gradually outplayed his rival.
Topalov-Morozevich 1/2. Queen's Gambit. Unclear but interesting. Veselin grabbed two pawns, but Alexander got some counterplay with the knight move 44...Nd2.
Leko-Svidler 1/2. Spanish. White obtained a small advantage.
Kasimdzhanov-Polgar 1-0. Sicilian. White had the initiative on the kingside and pushed the g-pawn.
Adams-Anand 1/2. Spanish. Vishy equalized.
Anand-Topalov 1/2. Spanish. Veselin slightly weakened his kingside with 7...g5. But Vishy gave his knight and drew by repetition on move 17. The clash of the titans! Hehe.
Polgar-Adams 1/2. Spanish Marshall. White had an extra pawn in the endgame.
Svidler-Kasimdzhanov 1/2. Sicilian. A sharp fight. Rustam attacked the white monarch with the break 18...b3, then he tried to sacrifice his bishop with 24...Bc3, but he could sacrifice only rook and knight and draw by perpetual check.
Morozevich-Leko 1-0. Sicilian. An equal game. Peter strongly counterattacked with the typical 23...f5. He could play 39...Rxf3+ with a draw.
Topalov-Leko 1/2. Queen's Indian. A theoretical duel. Peter equalized.
Kasimdzhanov-Morozevich 0-1. Sicilian. A calm game. Then Rustam made the interesting exchange sacrifice, but he continued badly by 26.Qh6+. Better was 26.Qxf6.
Adams-Svidler 1/2. Sicilian. Sharp. Michael slowly attacked with pawns on the kingside.
Anand-Polgar 1-0. Sicilian. Viswanathan had an extra pawn and good winning chances.
Leko-Adams 1-0. Russian. Peter obtained an edge. He won a pawn.
Topalov-Kasimdzhanov 1-0. Spanish. With equality. Peace? No Peace!
Morozevich-Anand 1-0. Caro-Kann. A sharp fight. Vishy grabbed the exchange for a pawn, then he played perilously so Alexander got the better chances.
Svidler-Polgar 1-0. Sicilian. Judit sacrificed the exchange for a pawn with 19...Rxc3, but it was not enough for equality.
Kasimdzhanov-Leko 1/2. Sicilian. The same position as in Anand-Leko, now Peter played 18...Bd7. Knights vs bishops.
Adams-Morozevich 1/2. Sicilian. Michael won 2 rooks for queen.
Polgar-Topalov 0-1. Spanish Berlin. Veselin got the initiative with 20...h5. He had a clear advantage.
Anand-Svidler 1/2. Spanish. Vishy had a pawn and strong center for the exchange in the Marshall.
Svidler-Topalov 0-1. Sicilian. Double-edged play. 2 bishops (then bishop+knight) vs rook+2 pawns in the endgame. Peter made mistake 36.Bc4. Better was 36.bxa5.
Anand-Leko 1/2. Sicilian. Vishy had a good passed pawn.
Adams-Kasimdzhanov 1/2. Sicilian. White had a small but lasting edge, but after the strong counterblow 24...f5 Michael must agree a draw by repetition.
Polgar-Morozevich 1/2. Philidor. Judit seized more space.
Topalov-Adams 1-0. Queen's Indian or English. Veselin gradually outplayed his opponent.
Kasimdzhanov-Anand 1-0. Sicilian. World Champion Rustam seized the initiative in the middlegame. Challenger Vishy made mistake 30...Nh4. Correct was 30...b5.
Leko-Polgar 1-0. Sicilian. Judit had counterplay on the queenside, but her king was in the center. So Peter could attack with the Nxb5-d6+ manoeuvre. Better was 17...d6.
Morozevich-Svidler 0-1. King's Indian. Saemisch is an aggressive variation against the Kings Indian Defense. Alexander attacked with g2-g4 and elegantly won a pawn on move 25. However, Peter created the irresistible mate threats in the ending.
Morozevich-Topalov 0-1. Sicilian. Veselin grabbed a pawn.
Svidler-Leko 1-0. Spanish. Peter equalized, but then Leko made mistakes.
Polgar-Kasimdzhanov 1-0. Sicilian. Judit sacrificed two pieces and attacked! Fantastic day!
Anand-Adams 1-0. Spanish. Vishy pounced on the black king with a rook and knight sacrifices and quickly won. Terrific victory.
Topalov-Anand 1/2. Queen's Indian. Veselin had compensation for the exchange, then he won two pawns. Perpetual check.
Adams-Polgar 1/2. Sicilian. White was better.
Kasimdzhanov-Svidler 1/2. Pirc-Ufimtsev. Rustam obtained a small edge.
Leko-Morozevich 1/2. Sicilian. Peter moved his pawn armada on the kingside and got the better chances, but then Alexander grabbed a pawn.
Leko-Topalov 0-1. Sicilian. A sharp fight. Peter could have won with 20.Nb6!. Veselin had an advantage in the endgame due to his pair of bishops vs two knights.
Morozevich-Kasimdzhanov 1/2. Sicilian. Rustam equalized.
Polgar-Anand 0-1. Caro-Kann. Judit tried to pressure on the kingside, but Vishy had the clearly better pawn structure. Then he attacked on the queenside.
Svidler-Adams 1/2. Russian. Peter obtained a slight edge, but Michael had two bishops.
Games (56, zipped pgn)
FIDE Rating, October 2005, Top 101
FIDE Rating, July 2005, Top 101
FIDE Rating, April 2005, Top 101
FIDE Rating, January 2005, Top 100
FIDE Rating, October 2004, Top 104
The World Chess Championship 2004 took place from 18 June 2004 to 13 July 2004 in Tripoli, Libya.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov is the new World Chess Champion.
Final: Adams - Kasimdzhanov 3.5-4.5 (1/2, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0, 1/2; 0-1, 1/2).
Final Tie-breaks (July 13)
Adams - Kasimdzhanov 0-1 (Michael won the exchange, but then played badly and lost); 1/2 (Rustam had some edge).
Game 6 (July 12) Kasimdzhanov - Adams 1/2. Rustam grabbed a pawn and had a clear edge, but then made a mistake and Michael could have won with 42...Qe4. Perpetual check.
Game 5 (July 11) Adams - Kasimdzhanov 1-0. White obtained a huge advantage with the break 29.e5.
Game 4 (July 10) Kasimdzhanov - Adams 1-0. Michael hazardously sacrificed the exchange in the endgame.
Game 3 (July 8) Adams - Kasimdzhanov 1-0. White had a slight advantage in the Sicilian, then he grabbed a pawn.
Game 2 (July 7) Kasimdzhanov - Adams 1-0. White obtained a small edge in the Russian.
Game 1 (July 6) Adams, Michael - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 1/2. A quick draw.
Final, Games (8, pgn)
Semifinals Tie Breaks (July 5)
Topalov - Kasimdzhanov 0-1, 0-1.
Semifinals. Game 4 (July 4)
Topalov, Veselin (BUL) - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) 1/2. White had an advantage.
Adams, Michael (ENG) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 1/2. The chances were even.
Semifinals. Game 3 (July 3)
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) - Topalov, Veselin (BUL) 1/2. A very long game. White had some edge in the ending.
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Adams, Michael (ENG) 1/2. White had the initiative. Better was 26.Rf7.
Semifinals. Game 2 (July 2)
Topalov, Veselin (BUL) - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) 1/2. Black equalized in the Sicilian.
Adams, Michael (ENG) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 1/2. A quick draw.
Semifinals. Game 1 (July 1)
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) - Topalov, Veselin (BUL) 1/2. Black equalized in the Queen's Gambit Accepted.
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Adams, Michael (ENG) 0-1. Michael grabbed a pawn.
Semifinals, Games (10, pgn)
Round 5 Results (June 28-29)
Grischuk could not realize a clear edge in game 4 and lost. Radjabov easily made the decisive draw with Black in 7th game (sudden death game - White has 6 minutes, Black - 5, but White must win).
Round 4 Results (June 26-27)
Dominguez won the exchange in game 4 and beat Dreev. Grischuk grabbed a rook with fork in 5th game against Beliavsky. Radjabov beat Smirnov quickly in the Novosibirsk Sicilian in game 6.
Round 3 Results (June 23-24)
Kasimdzhanov grabbed a pawn in game 4 and beat Ivanchuk. Rublevsky had an extra rook in 2nd game against Kozul, but played badly and lost. Zvjaginsev had a bad bishop against Krasenkow. Dominguez beat Tkachiev quickly.
Round 2 Results (June 21-22)
Round 1 Results (June 19-20)
Games (379, zipped pgn)
FIDE Rating, July 2004, Top 100
The Women's World Chess Championship 2004 took place in Elista, Kalmykia (Russia) from 21 May till 8 June.
Antoaneta Stefanova is the Women's World Champion. Ekaterina Kovalevskaya is the Vice-Champion.
Final (June 3-5)
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina (RUS) - Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL) 0-1 (Antoaneta grabbed a pawn), 0-1 (Antoaneta outplayed the rival in the endgame), 1/2 (Ekaterina won only a pawn).
Games (3, pgn)
Semifinals Results (May 31 - June 1)
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Koneru, Humpy 1-0 (Koneru had an edge, but made a mistake), 0-1 (Humpy grabbed a pawn, then better was 26...Be7); 1-0 (Ekaterina won the exchange), 1/2 (Humpy won a piece for 2 pawns).
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Chiburdanidze, Maia 1/2 (Complicated fight), 1-0 (Maia made a mistake 19.e4 and lost a pawn).
Round 4 Results (May 29-30)
Round 3 Results (May 26-27)
Cramling could have won the games 3 and 6.
Round 2 Results (May 24-25)
Sebag could have won in the QGA against Chiburdanidze. Krush had an extra knight against Kachiani.
Round 1 Results
Tragedy (bad luck, good luck) - Nguyen had an extra rook in the last game against Kachiani, but she overlooked stalemate.
Games (194, zipped pgn)
FIDE Rating, April 2004, Top 100
FIDE Rating, January 2004, Top 100
Secrets of the October 2003 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 16.11.2003)
Secrets of the July 2003 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 17.08.2003)
Secrets of the April 2003 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 12.05.2003)
Secrets of the January 2003 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 12.02.2003)
FIDE Rating, October 2003, Top 102
FIDE Rating, July 2003, Top 101
New Grandmasters, Abuja, Nigeria, 17.08.2003
Titles approved at the FIDE Presidential Board meeting: Galdunts Sergey (ARM); Bunzmann Dimitrij, Gustafsson Jan, Kritz Leonid (GER); Czebe Attila (HUN); Barus Cerdas (INA); Ostenstad Berge (NOR); Belov Vladimir, Hasangatin Ramil, Kurnosov Igor, Malinin Vasily, Nevostrujev Vladimir, Vul Arkady (RUS); Savic Miodrag (SCG).
FIDE Rating, April 2003, Top 101
Study of the October 2002 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 11.11.2002)
Study of the July 2002 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 11.08.2002)
Study of the April 2002 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 11.05.2002)
Study of the January 2002 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 11.02.2002)
Study of the October 2001 FIDE Rating List (By Boris Schipkov, 12.11.2001)
Study of the July 2001 FIDE Rating List. Part I (By Boris Schipkov, 15.08.2001)
Study of the July 2001 FIDE Rating List. Part II. The Young and Old (By Boris Schipkov, 31.08.2001)
Study of the April 2001 FIDE Rating List. Part I (By Boris Schipkov, 10.05.2001)
Study of the April 2001 FIDE Rating List. Part II (By Boris Schipkov, 24.05.2001)
FIDE Rating, January 2003, Top 104
Top 50 Women. FIDE Rating, January 2003
Top 21 Juniors. FIDE Rating, January 2003
Top 20 Girls. FIDE Rating, January 2003
FIDE Rating, October 2002, Top 102
The Siberians are: Alexander Goldin (58, 2630), Evgeny Pigusov (68, 2622) and Valerij Filippov (79, 2615).
Top 50 Women. FIDE Rating, October 2002
Top 20 Juniors. FIDE Rating, October 2002
Top 20 Girls. FIDE Rating, October 2002
New Grandmasters, 73rd FIDE Congress in Bled, Slovenia
Felgaer, Ruben (ARG); Agamalliev, Gamil; Mamedyarov, Shakhiriyaz; Tahirov, Farhad cond on rtg 2421 (AZE); Genov, Petar; Janev, Evgeni (BUL); Kristensen, Bjarke cond on rtg 2470 (DEN); Matamoros Franco, Carlos (ECU); Turner, Matthew (ENG); Del Rio Angelis, S.G. (ESP); Fontaine, Robert; Marcelin, Cyril (FRA); Gagunashvili, Merab; Izoria, Zviad (GEO); Halkiasm Stelios (GRE); Oratovsky, Michael; Postny, Evgeny (ISR); Johannesen, Leif Erland (NOR); Fernandes, Antonio (POR); Grigore, George (ROM); Alekseev, Evgeny; Inarkiev, Ernesto; Tishin, Petr (RUS); Jenni, Florian (SUI); Amunatov, Farrukh (TJK); Zubarev, Alexander (UKR).
New Woman Grandmasters
Mamedjarova, Zeinab (AZE); Nepeina-Leconte, Maria (FRA); Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS); Krush, Irina; Baginskaite, Kamile (USA).
New Grandmasters, Doha, Qatar, 6-7.07.2002
Titles approved at the FIDE Presidential Board meeting: Sargissian, Gabriel (ARM); Stefanova, Antoaneta (WGM, BUL); Li, Shilong (CHN); Delgado, Neurys (CUB); Mchedilishvili, Mikheil (GEO); Jakubiec, Artur (POL); Efimenko, Zahar (UKR); Fedorchuk, Sergey (UKR).
New Woman Grandmasters
Tian, Tian (CHN); Pina, Sulennis (CUB); Matnadze, Ana (GEO); Gara, Ticia (HUN).
FIDE Rating, July 2002, Top 101
The Siberians are: Evgeny Pigusov (68, 2622), Valerij Filippov (76, 2615) and Alexander Goldin (86, 2609).
Top 50 Women. FIDE Rating, July 2002
Top 21 Juniors. FIDE Rating, July 2002
Top 20 Girls. FIDE Rating, July 2002
FIDE GRAND PRIX 2002 CALENDAR
UAE Grand Prix, Dubai, Al-Bustan Hotel, 2 - 10 April
Russian Grand Prix, Moscow, Hotel Mezhdunarodnaya, 31 May (arrival) to 6 June
Indian Grand Prix, Bangalore or Bombay 9 - 16 July
Croatian Grand Prix, Dubrovnik, 2 - 9 August
Brazilian Grand Prix, Rio de Janeiro 9 - 16 September
The guaranteed prize fund for each of the Grand Prix Series tournaments is $120 000.
List of Qualifiers for the 2002 World Chess Grand Prix
Knock out system, 32 players, time control - 25 minutes plus 10 additional seconds for each move.
FIDE Rating, April 2002, Top 105
The Siberians are: Evgeny Pigusov (65, 2623), Alexander Goldin (69, 2618) and Valerij Filippov (77, 2612).
Top 51 Women. FIDE Rating, April 2002
Top 20 Boys. FIDE Rating, April 2002
Top 20 Girls. FIDE Rating, April 2002
FIDE Rapid Rating List, Top 112
The Siberians are: Evgeny Pigusov (55, 262) and Valerij Filippov (82, 259).
World Chess Championships 2001-2002, Moscow
Ruslan Ponomariov is the new World Champion.
The Results of the World Chess Championship 2001-2002 (By Boris Schipkov, 26.01.2002)
Women's World Chess Championships 2001-2002, Moscow
Zhu Chen is the Women's World Champion 2001-2002
The Results of the Women's World Championship 2001-2002 (By Boris Schipkov, 19.12.2001)
The Last Hero. The Results of the World Championships 2000 (By Boris Schipkov, 28.12.2000)
World Chess Championships 2001-2002, Moscow
Ruslan Ponomariov is the new World Champion.
Final, January 16-26, 2002
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Ivanchuk, Vassily 4.5-2.5 (1-0, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1-0, 1/2, 1/2)
Game 7, January 23
Ponomariov-Ivanchuk 1/2. Alekhine Defence. White had an advantage in the endgame.
Game 6, January 22
Ivanchuk-Ponomariov 1/2. Russian Game.
Game 5, January 21
Ponomariov-Ivanchuk 1-0. Black obtained a clear edge in the Ruy Lopez and could have won, but then made mistakes and lost.
Game 4, January 19
Ivanchuk-Ponomariov 1/2. Queen's Gambit Accepted.
Game 3, January 18
Ponomariov-Ivanchuk 1/2. Sicilian Defence.
Game 2, January 17
Ivanchuk-Ponomariov 1/2. Black had a good position in the QGA, but then played hazardously.
See my new work - CD "Queen's Gambit Accepted" by Boris Schipkov (ChessBase 2002).
Game 1, January 16
Ponomariov, R. (2727) - Ivanchuk, V. (2717) [C11], World Championship Final, Moscow (7.1) 2002 (17.01.2002)
Ponomariov-Ivanchuk 1-0. Ruslan won in 23 moves in the French Defence. Interesting is 14...Nd5!? 15. Qf3 Nxc3+ 16. Qxc3 c5 with more or less equal play. Also better was 18...a5 or 19...Nxc3+ with only a small edge to White.
Games (7, pgn)
FIDE Rating, January 2002, Top 100 (3.01.2002)
The Siberians are: Alexander Goldin (57, 2630), Valerij Filippov (63, 2625) and Evgeny Pigusov (65, 2623).
Top 50 Women. FIDE Rating, January 2002 (3.01.2002)
Top 20 Boys. FIDE Rating, January 2002 (3.01.2002)
Top 20 Girls. FIDE Rating, January 2002 (3.01.2002)
The forecast of the Women's World Championship's 2001-2002 results (By Boris Schipkov, 23.11/2001)
The forecast of the results of the World Championship 2001-2002 (By Boris Schipkov, 19.11/2001)
Zhu Chen is the Women's World Champion 2001-2002.
Alexandra Kosteniuk is the Vice-Champion
Sensation! Ivanchuk beat Anand!
Final, January 16-26, 2002
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Ivanchuk, Vassily
Semifinals, December 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 2001
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Anand, Viswanathan 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1-0
Svidler, Peter - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1/2, 1/2, 0-1, 1/2
Game 4: Anand-Ivanchuk. Sicilian Defence. Ivanchuk beautifully sacrificed a pawn and attacked White's king.
Game 3: Ivanchuk-Anand. Vassily had a microscopic advantage in the French Defence.
Svidler-Ponomariov. Double-edged play in the Russian. Peter made a mistake 25. Rf1?, better was 25. Rb2.
Svidler, Peter (2695) - Ponomariov, Ruslan (2684) [C43], World Championship, Moscow (6.3) 2001 (12.12.2001)
Game 2: Ponomariov-Svidler. White had 3 pawns for a knight in the Sicilian. Ruslan made a novelty 19. gxh5, 19.h4 was in Smirnov-Shipov, ch-RUS, Elista 2001 (1-0, 39). Peter had an edge in the endgame and could have won.
Anand-Ivanchuk. A quick draw in the Sicilian.
Game 1: Ivanchuk-Anand (French Defence, more or less equal play), Svidler-Ponomariov (Russian Game, Peter took the pawn 32.Bxh6!?, but it was not dangerous).
Semifinals, Games (8, pgn)
Women. Final, December 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 2001
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Zhu, Chen 1-0, 0-1, 0-1, 1-0; Tie-break 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 0-1.
Game 4: Zhu-Kosteniuk. Dutch Defence. Zhu made mistakes 40. Qc3? (correct was 41. Bxd5! exd5 42. Qxd5+ with perpetual check) and 41. Qxb3? (better was 41. Qd3).
Game 3: Kosteniuk-Zhu. Black had a good counterattack in the Sicilian.
Game 2: Zhu-Kosteniuk. White sacrificed a pawn for an initiative. More precise was 25...Rxf4 or 29...Rbc8.
Game 1: Alexandra had two bishop's advantage. Chen made an error 36...Bd8?. Also dubious was 30...Qc8. Interesting is 30...b4!? 31. cxb4 Bxb4 32. Rb1 Rxe3! 33. fxe3 Qxe3 34. Qc6 Qxh3+ with perpetual check.
Women WCC 2001-2002, R 5-6. Games (15, pgn)
Round 5 Results, December 6-7, 2001
Round 5, game 2, December 7, 2001
Shirov-Anand 1/2 (Anand exchanged pieces in the French Defence).
Qualified to Round 6 (Semifinals): Anand, Ponomariov, Svidler, Ivanchuk.
Games (321, zipped pgn)
Women. Round 5 (Semifinals), game 2, December 7, 2001
Kosteniuk-Xu 1-0 (Xu made a mistake 31...Qd5?).
Women. Qualified to Round 6 (Final): Alexandra Kosteniuk, Zhu Chen.
Round 5, game 1, December 6, 2001
Anand-Shirov 1-0 (Anand had some advantage in the Petrov's Defence and after the dubious 23...Ba4? got a clear edge, then won the exchange).
Anand, Viswanathan (2797) - Shirov, Alexei (2706) [C42], World Championship, Moscow (5.1) 2001 (7.12.2001)
Women. Round 5 (Semifinals), game 1, December 6, 2001
Xu-Kosteniuk 1-0 (Xu played strong in the Sicilian, seized the only open file and won).
Round 4 Results, December 3 and 5, 2001
Round 4, game 2, December 5, 2001
Anand-Dreev 1-0 (Dreev made a mistake 25...Nxh5?, correct was 25...Rxd1+ with equality), Morozevich-Ponomariov 1-0 (a risky move 15...Nxe4?), Ehlvest-Bareev 0-1 (Bareev had a clear edge in the Caro-Kann), Nikolic-Lautier 1/2, Shirov-Topalov 1/2 (Shirov could have won with 34.Bxc7!).
Qualified to Round 5: Anand, Ivanchuk, Bareev, Lautier, Ponomariov, Svidler, Gelfand, Shirov.
Women. Round 4, game 2, December 5, 2001
Chiburdanidze-Peng 1-0, Skripchenko-Lautier-Kosteniuk 0-1
Women. Qualified to Round 5 (Semifinals): Kosteniuk, Chiburdanidze, Xu, Zhu.
Round 4, game 1, December 3, 2001
Dreev-Anand 1/2, Adams-Svidler 1/2 (Adams had an extra pawn and could have won with 29.Bc4!), Ponomariov-Morozevich 1-0 (Morozevich weakened his kingside), Ivanchuk-Ye 1-0 (Kings Indian), Topalov-Shirov 1/2 (Topalov had a clear edge, but made a mistake 40.Bb8?).
Round 3 Results. December 1-2, 2001
Round 3, game 2. December 2, 2001
Tkachiev-Anand 1/2, Gurevich-Morozevich 1/2, Topalov-Zhang 1-0 (Topalov attacked in the Sicilian), Khalifman-Lautier 1/2, Bareev-Sakaev 1-0 (Sakaev made a mistake 18...g6?, better is 18...f5),
Qualified to Round 4: Morozevich, Topalov, Dreev, Nikolic, Gelfand, Ye, Ponomariov, Svidler, Ivanchuk, Anand, Adams, Lautier, Bareev, Azmaiparashvili, Shirov, Ehlvest.
Round 3, game 1. December 1, 2001
Anand-Tkachiev 1/2 (Anand had an edge in the Ruy-Lopez), Zvjaginsev-Adams 1/2 (a patent game), Morozevich-Gurevich 1-0, Svidler-Milov 1-0, Sakaev-Bareev 1-0 (Sakaev had a small edge in the Caro-Kann), Lautier-Khalifman 1/2 (Lautier had an edge in the QGD with 5.Bf4), Gelfand-Delchev 1-0 (an easy victory), Ponomariov-Georgiev 1-0 (Georgiev could make a draw by repetition in the Sicilian), Dreev-Pigusov 1-0 (Dreev had an extra pawn).
Women. Round 3 Results. December 1-2, 2001
Women. Qualified to Round 4: Chiburdanidze, Skripchenko-Lautier, Kosteniuk, Khurtsidze, Foisor, Xu, Zhu, Peng.
Round 2 Results, November 29-30, 2001
Round 2, game 2, November 30
The Siberian Evgeny Pigusov (RUS) beat Zhang Pengxiang (CHN) again!
Judit Polgar and Peter Leko went out after playoffs.
Anand-Nielsen 1/2, Kobalija-Adams 1/2 (Kobalija sacrificed a knight for two pawns), Morozevich-Sasikiran 1-0 (Caro-Kann), Macieja-Ivanchuk 1-0 (Ivanchuk made a mistake 14...Qxh2? and lost in the endgame 7 pawns against knight and 4 pawns), Baklan-Bareev 0-1 (Baklan made a blunder 34.Nxd5?), Gelfand-Dominguez 1-0 (Kings Indian).
Qualified to Round 3: Anand, Adams, Morozevich, Bareev, Gelfand, Topalov, Smirin, Van Wely, Pigusov, Dreev, Zhang, Sutovsky, Zvjaginsev, Tkachiev, Motylev, Sakaev, Shirov, Ehlvest, Ivanchuk, Anastasian, Kasimdzhanov, Khalifman, Georgiev, Svidler, Milov, Ponomariov, Ye, Lautier, Azmaiparashvili, Delchev, Nikolic (beat Dautov), Gurevich.
Women. Round 2 Results, November 29-30, 2001
Women. Qualified to Round 3: Galliamova, Chiburdanidze, Kovalevskaya, Paehtz, Xu Yuhua, Dworakowska, Foisor, Khurtsidze, Ciuksyte, Kosteniuk, Peng, Maric, Zhu Chen, Peptan, Baginskaite, Skripchenko-Lautier.
Round 2, game 1, November 29
The Siberian Evgeny Pigusov (RUS) beat Zhang Pengxiang (CHN).
Zhang Pengxiang (2530) - Pigusov, E. (2613) [D01], World Championship, Moscow (2.1) 2001 (30.11.2001)
Nielsen-Anand 0-1 (Anand won without problems), Adams-Kobalija 1-0 (Sicilian), Lputian-Van Wely 0-1 (Van Wely sacrificed the exchange and made mate), Polgar-Milov 1-0 (also nice sacrifice in the Sicilian).
Round 1 All Results. November 27-28, 2001
Women. Round 1. November 27-28, 2001
Round 1 Results, game 2. November 28, 2001
Touzane-Anand 0-1 (Anand won very fast in the Volga Gambit), Adams-Sarthou 1-0 (Adams grabbed pawns), Zeliakov-Morozevich 0-1 (Zeliakov made a blunder), Ivanchuk-Shovunov 1-0 (An easy victory), Kobese-Leko 1-0 (Kobese played very strong), Bareev-Gluzman 1-0 (Bareev won the exchange), Topalov-Pierrot 1-0, Khalifman-Ganguly 1/2, Psakhis-Korchnoi 1/2
Karpov was in a very bad shape.
Women. Round 1 Results, game 2. November 28, 2001
Houli-Chiburdanidze 1/2, Chaves-Wang 1/2, Shah-Stefanova 1/2
Round 1 Results, game 1. November 27, 2001
Anand-Touzane 0-1 (Anand could have won, but played badly), Sarthou-Adams 0-1 (Adams pinned a knight), Morozevich-Zeliakov 1/2 (Zeliakov exchanged pieces in the Sicilian), Shovunov-Ivanchuk 1/2 (Ivanchuk sacrificed the exchange), Leko-Kobese 1-0 (Leko won the ending), Gluzman-Bareev 0-1 (Bareev beautifully sacrificed two exchanges in the Caro-Kann), Pierrot-Topalov 0-1 (Topalov won the rook ending), Shirov-Rizouk 1-0 (Berlin Defence in the Ruy-Lopez), Ganguly-Khalifman 1/2, Svidler-Hoffman 1-0, Zhang-Karpov 1/2
Gluzman, M. (2400) - Bareev, E. (2719) [B18], World Championship, Moscow (1.1) 2001 (28.11.2001)
The Siberian Evgeny Pigusov (RUS) beat Alexander Ivanov (USA).
Women. Round 1 Results, game 1. November 27, 2001
Toubai-Galliamova 0-1, Chiburdanidze-Houli 1-0, Paridar-Kovalevskaya 1/2.
Pairing for the round 1 of the World Chess Championship 2001-2002 (5.11.2001)
Pairing for the round 1 of the Women's World Chess Championship 2001-2002 (5.11.2001)
Players of the World Chess Championship 2001-2002 (31.10.2001)
Players of the Women's World Chess Championship 2001-2002 (31.10.2001)
FIDE Rating, October 2001, Top 100 (2.10.2001)
The Siberians are: Valerij Filippov 2617, Evgeny Pigusov 2613 and Alexander Goldin 2612. Goldin and Pigusov will participate in the World Championships 2001-2002 in Moscow.
Top 50 Women. FIDE Rating, October 2001
Top 20 Girls. FIDE Rating, October 2001
Top 20 Boys. FIDE Rating, October 2001
World Championships 2001-2002 will take place 25th November - 14th December 2001 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow (Lausanne, 17 October 2001). The final match of the World Chess Championship shall be held 16 to 26 January 2002 in the Moscow Hall of Columns.
The venue of the World Chess Championships 2001 (Emmanuel Omuku, 30.08.2001)
FIDE Rating, October 2001, Top 10
1. Kasparov, Garry RUS - 2838, 0 games, 13.04.63;
2. Kramnik, Vladimir RUS - 2809, 10, 25.06.75;
3. Anand, Viswanathan IND - 2770, 10, 11.12.69;
4. Morozevich, Alexander RUS - 2742, 10, 18.07.77;
5. Leko, Peter HUN - 2739, 10, 08.09.79;
6. Topalov, Veselin BUL - 2733, 10, 15.03.75.
7. Adams, Michael ENG - 2731, 10, 17.11.71;
8. Ivanchuk, Vasily UKR - 2731, 0, 18.03.69;
9. Bareev, Evgeny RUS - 2719, 0, 21.11.66;
10. Van Wely, Loek NED - 2714, 26, 07.10.72;
5th FIDE Rapid Rating List, Top 110 (7.08.2001)
FIDE Rating, July 2001, Top 10 (after correction 12.07.2001)
1. Kasparov, Garry RUS - 2838, 10 games, 13.04.63;
2. Kramnik, Vladimir RUS - 2802, 10, 25.06.75;
3. Anand, Viswanathan IND - 2797, 6, 11.12.69;
4. Adams, Michael ENG - 2744, 19, 17.11.71;
5. Morozevich, Alexander RUS - 2739, 22, 18.07.77;
6. Ivanchuk, Vasily UKR - 2731, 0, 18.03.69;
7. Leko, Peter HUN - 2730, 0, 08.09.79;
8. Bareev, Evgeny RUS - 2719, 29, 21.11.66;
9. Gelfand, Boris ISR - 2714, 13, 24.06.68;
10. Topalov, Veselin BUL - 2711, 9, 15.03.75.
FIDE Rating, July 2001
Top 100 Players
Top 50 Women
Top 20 Boys
Top 20 Girls
FIDE Rating, April 2001, Top 10 (after correction 28.04.2001)
1. Kasparov, Garry RUS - 2835, 23 games, 13.04.63;
2. Kramnik, Vladimir RUS - 2797, 13, 25.06.75;
3. Anand, Viswanathan IND - 2794, 13, 11.12.69;
4. Adams, Michael ENG - 2750, 13, 17.11.71;
5. Morozevich, Alexander RUS - 2749, 13, 18.07.77;
6. Ivanchuk, Vasily UKR - 2731, 13, 18.03.69;
7. Leko, Peter HUN - 2730, 23, 08.09.79;
8. Shirov, Alexei ESP - 2722, 23, 04.07.72;
9. Gelfand, Boris ISR - 2712, 0, 24.06.68;
10. Bareev, Evgeny RUS - 2709, 0, 21.11.66.
New Grandmasters, 03.04.2001.
List of titles approved at the President Board Meeting in Cannes:
Pawel Blehm (POL), Alexei Iljushin (RUS), Vladimir Kosyrev (RUS), Teimour Radjabov (AZE) and Nikolay Shalnev (RUS).
New Woman Grandmasters, 03.04.2001.
Evgenija Ovod (RUS), Dana Reizniece (LAT), Vijayalakhshmi Subbaraman (IND) and Erika Sziva (NED).
FIDE Rating, January 2001
Top 100 Men
Top 50 Women
Top 20 Juniors
Top 20 Girls
The World Chess Championships 2000
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