The Grand Prix series 2017 will be contested by 24 players, with 18 players in each tournament: Sharjah, UAE: February 17-28; Moscow, Russia: May 11–22; Geneva, Switzerland: July 5-16; Palma De Mallorca, Spain: November 15-26.
World Chess Grand Prix 2017 participants: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Pavel Eljanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Michael Adams, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Ernesto Inarkiev, Boris Gelfand, Li Chao, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Teimour Radjabov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Richard Rapport, Alexander Riazantsev, Salem Saleh, Hou Yifan, Jon Ludvig Hammer.
Secrets of the January 2017 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 7.01.2017)
The Chess Women's Grand Prix 2016 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament was held in Russia 18th November - 2nd December.
Ju Wenjun won FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2015-2016 and qualified to the Women's World Chess Championship Match 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) vs the winner of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017 (Iran, 10-28 February). Chess Women's Grand Prix 2015-2016 final standings: 1. Ju Wenjun - 413.5 points, 2. Koneru Humpy - 335, 3. Valentina Gunina - 287.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2016 Khanty-Mansiysk Tournament
The World Chess Championship 2016 Match - Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin - was held in New York City (USA) 11th-30th November.
Magnus Carlsen beats Sergey Karjakin 9-7 (classical 6-6, tiebreak rapid 3-1). Magnus Carlsen is World Chess Champion.
World Chess Championship 2016 Match Magnus Carlsen against Sergey Karjakin, New York 2016
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2016 Chengdu Tournament
FIDE announced 30 May 2016 the qualifiers for the Grand-Prix 2016-2017, from which the first two (2) winners will advance to the FIDE Candidates Tournament of the World Chess Championship Cycle 2017-2018: Carlsen, Anand, Karjakin, Svidler, Giri, Eljanov, Nakamura, Caruana, Topalov, Kramnik, Aronian, So, Ding, Vachier-Lagrave, Tomashevsky. The first three reserves: Grischuk, Li, Harikrishna. The schedule of the four FIDE Grand-Prix events: 12-23 October 2016, 10-21 February 2017, 11-22 May 2017, 5-16 July 2017. In total 24 players will participate, each player will play in 3 tournaments.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2016 Batumi Tournament
The Candidates Tournament 2016 was held in Moscow (Russia) 10th-29th March. 1. Sergey Karjakin - 8.5 out of 14 scores.
Chess Candidates Tournament, Moscow 2016
The FIDE World Chess Championship 2016 match Magnus Carlsen vs Challenger (the winner of the Candidates Tournament, Moscow 2016) will take place in New York (USA), 11th-30th November 2016.
The Women's World Chess Championship 2016 match Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan was held in Lviv (Ukraine) 1st-17th March.
Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan. Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar
Hou Yifan - Mariya Muzychuk 6-3. Hou Yifan of China is the Women's World Chess Champion again.
Women's World Chess Championship 2016 match Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan, Lviv 2016
The Candidates Tournament 2016 will be held in Moscow (Russia) 10th-30th March. Players: 4. Viswanathan Anand, 2. Hikaru Nakamura, 7. Fabiano Caruana, 1. Sergey Karjakin, 8. Peter Svidler, 6. Levon Aronian (wildcard), 5. Veselin Topalov and 3. Anish Giri. The winner will play vs World Champion Magnus Carlsen in 2016. The pairings have been made 11th February 2016 in Athens: Candidates Tournament 2016 Pairings.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2016 Tehran Tournament
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2015 Monte-Carlo Tournament
World Chess Cup 2015, Baku
FIDE announced 12 August 2015 the schedule of the 4 events of the Women's Grand Prix 2015-2016 which will give qualification to the Women's World Championship match 2017: 2-16 October 2015 in Monte Carlo, MONACO; February 2016 in Kish, IRAN; May 2016 in Tbilisi, GEORGIA; July 2016 in Chengdu, CHINA. In total 16 players will participate, 10 qualifiers as per regulations (listed below) plus 4 nominees from the organisers of each tournament (to be announced) plus 2 nominees of the FIDE President. FIDE President has nominated Kosteniuk, Alexandra and Stefanova, Antoaneta.
The qualifiers: Muzychuk Mariya; Pogonina Natalija; Cramling Pia; Harika Dronavalli; Hou Yifan; Koneru Humpy; Dzagnidze Nana; Ju Wenjun; Muzychuk Anna; Gunina Valentina. The first reserve is Kosteniuk Alexandra.
FIDE announced 2 July 2015 that the Women's World Chess Championship Match - Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk vs the challenger Hou Yifan - will be held in March 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine.
World Chess Grand Prix 2015 Khanty-Mansiysk Tournament
Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura have qualified for the Candidates Tournament 2016. Chess Grand Prix 2014-2015 final standings: 1. Caruana - 370 points, 2. Nakamura - 347, 3. Jakovenko - 310.
World Chess Grand Prix 2015 Tbilisi Tournament
FIDE announces that the Women's World Chess Championship will be held from March 16th to April 7th in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia. Women's World Championship 2015: Ranking List. Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan will not play.
The World Chess Championship 2014 Match - Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand - took place in Sochi (Russia) 7th-25th November.
Magnus Carlsen beat Viswanathan Anand 6.5-4.5. Magnus Carlsen retains World Championship title.
Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen, Game 10. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich.
World Chess Championship 2014 Match Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand, Sochi 2014
FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2014 Tashkent Tournament
FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2014 Baku Tournament
FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014-2015: Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Leinier Dominguez, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Boris Gelfand, Dmitri Jakovenko, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Teimour Radjabov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami.
41st World Chess Olympiad, Tromso 2014
World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Dubai 2014
The World Chess Championship Match 2014 between World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Challenger Viswanathan Anand (India) will take place in Sochi (Russia) November 7th-28th.
Magnus Carlsen had the highest Elo rating in the world of all time, 2882 in May 2014 FIDE Rating List
FIDE Rating, May 2014, Top 100 Players
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Sharjah Tournament
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Lopota Tournament
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk Tournament
Chess Candidates Tournament, Khanty-Mansiysk 2014
Pairings and Results of the Chess Candidates Tournament 2014
The pairings Candidates 2014 - 13 February: 1. Andreikin, 2. Karjakin, 3. Svidler, 4. Kramnik, 5. Mamedyarov, 6. Anand, 7. Aronian, 8. Topalov.
FIDE announces 21 January 2014 that all qualifiers for the Candidates Tournament 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk have confirmed their participation: Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Dmitry Andreikin, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, and Peter Svidler.
FIDE made 23 December 2013 'Candidates Tournament 2014: Announcement': "...the deadline for player's participation in the Candidates Tournament is 20 January 2014. The event will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 11 March (arrivals) to 1 April 2014 (departures) and the qualifiers are:
1. Vishy Anand (IND, former world champion)
2. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, world cup 2013 winner)
3. Dmitry Andreikin (RUS, world cup 2013 finalist)
4. Veselin Topalov (BUL, grand-prix 2012-13 winner)
5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2012-13 runner-up)
6. Levon Aronian (ARM, rating list 2012-13)
7. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, rating list 2012-13)
8. Peter Svidler (RUS, host nominee)
First reserve from the FIDE Grand-Prix standings is Fabiano Caruana (ITA).
The winner of the Candidates Tournament will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world championship title in the last quarter of 2014".
World Chess Championship 2013 Match Viswanathan Anand against Magnus Carlsen, Chennai 2013
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 against Hou Yifan was held in Taizhou, China, from 10th to 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 versus Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013
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.
Anna Ushenina vs Antoaneta Stefanova: Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2012
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 was held in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, 10th-31st May. 12 classic games. Anand-Gelfand 8.5-7.5 (6-6; tiebreak 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
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
Hou Yifan vs Humpy Koneru: Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2011
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova, http://www.fide.com/
The Women's World Chess Championship 2010 was held in Antakya (Turkey) from 2nd to 25th December. Hou Yifan is the new World Women Champion.
Final: Hou Yifan - Ruan Lufei 5-3 (2-2; 3-1).
Hou Yifan vs Ruan Lufei: Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2010
Semifinals: Humpy Koneru - 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 was held 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 Anand-Topalov
The World Chess Championship 2008 Viswanathan Anand (India) versus Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) was held in Bonn (Germany) October 14-15, 17-18, 20-21, 23-24, 26-27, 29, 2008. Kramnik-Anand 4.5-6.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion.
World Chess Championship 2008 Anand-Kramnik
The World Women's Chess Championship 2008 was held in Nalchik (Russia) 28th August - 18th September. Alexandra Kosteniuk is the new World Women Champion. The silver medal: Hou Yifan. The bronze medals: Pia Cramling and Humpy Koneru.
Final: Kosteniuk - Hou 2.5-1.5.
Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Hou Yifan: Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2008
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Hou Yifan 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. A draw by perpetual check.
Hou Yifan - Alexandra Kosteniuk 1/2. A draw.
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Hou Yifan 1/2. A draw.
Hou Yifan - Alexandra Kosteniuk 0-1. Alexandra won the game.
FIDE Rating, January 2008, Top 101
FIDE Rating, October 2007, Top 101
The World Chess Championship 2007 was held in Mexico September 12-30. Viswanathan Anand is World Chess Champion.
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.
World Chess Championship 2007 Tournament, Mexico 2007
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 Championship 2006, Match Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik was held 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.
World Chess Championship 2006 Match Kramnik-Topalov
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 was held in Ekaterinburg (Russia) March 10th-25th.
Final: Alisa Galliamova - 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 (A draw by perpetual check); 0-1.
Matveeva, Svetlana - Xu, Yuhua 1/2; 0-1.
R4: Galliamova, Alisa - Khurtsidze, Nino 1-0, 1-0. Alisa won a piece.
Matveeva, Svetlana - Sebag, Marie 1/2, 1-0. Svetlana obtained an edge.
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Xu, Yuhua 1/2, 1/2; 0.5-1.5.
Chiburdanidze, Maia - Cmilyte, Viktorija 1-0, 0-1 (Viktorija grabbed 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.
The unexpected results in Round 2: Stefanova-Radziewicz 1-3, Sebag-Koneru 3-1.
FIDE Rating, January 2006, Top 101
The World Chess Championship Tournament 2005 was held in San Luis (Argentina) 27 September – 16 October. Veselin Topalov is the new FIDE 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.
World Chess Championship 2005 Tournament, San Luis 2005
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 was held 18th June 2004 - 13th July 2004 in Tripoli, Libya.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov is the new World Chess Champion.
Final: Michael Adams - Rustam Kasimdzhanov 3.5-4.5 (1/2, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0, 1/2; 0-1, 1/2).
World Chess Championship 2004 FIDE Knock-Out
FIDE Rating, July 2004, Top 100
The Women's World Chess Championship 2004 was held in Elista, Kalmykia (Russia) 21 May - 8 June.
Antoaneta Stefanova is the new Women's World Champion. Ekaterina Kovalevskaya is the Vice-Champion.
Final (June 3-5)
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya - Antoaneta Stefanova 0.5-2.5 (0-1, 0-1, 1/2).
Games (3, pgn)
Semifinals Results (May 31 - June 1)
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Koneru, Humpy 1-0, 0-1 (Humpy won a pawn); 1-0 (Ekaterina won the exchange), 1/2.
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Chiburdanidze, Maia 1/2, 1-0.
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 vs Chiburdanidze. Krush had an extra knight vs Kachiani.
Round 1 Results
Nguyen had an extra rook in the game vs Kachiani, but 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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