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FIDE World Championship Knockout, 2001/02

 Ruslan Ponomariov
 Ruslan Ponomariov
The 2001-2002 FIDE knockout world championship tournament took place in Moscow Russia. It was a 128 player knockout tournament conducted by pairing the contestants into "mini matches" (two games at normal time control) with one another. The winner would move on to the next round while the loser was eliminated. If the two game mini match was tied, the players would break the tie with two rapid-play games to determine a winner, followed by two games of blitz if necessary. If the match was still undecided, a single "Armegeddon" (sudden death) blitz game would take place between the participants, with White having an extra minute on the clock, and Black having draw odds. The winner of this seventh game would be the overall match winner; in the event of a draw the player with the black pieces would be allowed to advance. For the sixth round of the event, the amount of games played at normal time control in each minimatch were increased from two to four, and then from four to eight for the seventh and final round. The rules for quick-play tie-breaks remained unchanged throughout the event.[1]

The final match took place from January 16-26 in Moscow, and was to be 8 games in length. The finalists were Vassily Ivanchuk and Ruslan Ponomariov. The 18 year old Ukranian grandmaster Ponomariov prevailed, winning the FIDE title. Ponomariov had already shown enormous talent by winning the 1996 European Under-18 Championship at the age of just twelve, and the following year winning the World Under-18 Championship. In 1998, at the age of fourteen, he was awarded the grandmaster title making him the youngest ever player at that time to hold the title. He defeated Li Wenliang, S. Tiviakov, Ki. Georgiev, A.Morozevich, E. Bareev, P. Svidler, and V. Ivanchuk to become the youngest ever FIDE champion.


  1. WCC Index 2001 FIDE Championship by iron maiden
    2 The World Chess Championships by Graeme Cree

 page 2 of 17; games 26-50 of 417  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Ivanchuk vs J Ye 1-0372001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E97 King's Indian
27. Lautier vs P Nikolic  ½-½422001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
28. Azmaiparashvili vs Gelfand  ½-½782001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
29. Kiril D Georgiev vs F El Taher  1-0182001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
30. Zhang Pengxiang vs Karpov 1-0452001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C53 Giuoco Piano
31. Barsov vs J Ye 0-1512001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E77 King's Indian
32. H Hamdouchi vs Tkachiev  0-1442001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C42 Petrov Defense
33. A Nguyen vs Rublevsky  1-0412001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
34. Tiviakov vs L Christiansen  1-0312001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B01 Scandinavian
35. Sakaev vs A Volokitin  0-1332001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02A46 Queen's Pawn Game
36. Psakhis vs Korchnoi  1-0602001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
37. K Arakhamia-Grant vs D Ciuksyte  0-1422001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
38. F Vallejo Pons vs S Savchenko  1-0362001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
39. Radjabov vs Ehlvest ½-½222001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
40. Ganguly vs Khalifman 0-1382001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C45 Scotch Game
41. Rublevsky vs A Nguyen  0-1382001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
42. Tkachiev vs H Hamdouchi  1-0462001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E15 Queen's Indian
43. A Zapata vs Sutovsky 0-1372001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
44. J Ye vs Barsov  1-0292001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C03 French, Tarrasch
45. Karpov vs Zhang Pengxiang 0-1222001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
46. F El Taher vs Kiril D Georgiev  0-1302001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B53 Sicilian
47. Khalifman vs Ganguly 1-0692001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
48. W Kobese vs Leko 0-1452001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B10 Caro-Kann
49. S Savchenko vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½552001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
50. A Volokitin vs Sakaev 0-1622001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
 page 2 of 17; games 26-50 of 417  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-04-07  Bob726: I think this is incomplete
Apr-05-07  bumpmobile: Given that Ponomariov won the event and there are none of his games on the list yet, I would have to agree.
Jan-05-08  talisman: would like to see anand's fide championship added to the list.Anand vs shirov and the rest.Thanks hesam for making them available and for the hard work of you and your helpers.
Jan-05-08  talisman: that was 2000 i believe.
Apr-19-08  Knight13: Knock-out? This is BS organized type of tournament. Staunton himself tasted the fishiness back in 1851 when he held one, and even assured a "ANYONE can challenge the winner of 1851 International" as insurance.
Apr-20-08  Petrosianic: It was hardly fishy in 1851. Those knockout matches went to the first to win 4 games, which is incredibly meaty compared to those piddly Best of 2 matches in the FIDE Lottery (The last time somebody scored as much as 4 wins in a World Championship Match was 1995).
Apr-21-08  Knight13: <Petrosianic> If they do a "first to win 4 games" this would go for so long people would start leaving and be like "screw this I'm gonna go drink some beer and pop a smoke." But me, I still don't think Knock-Out is fair at all.
Apr-22-08  Petrosianic: Be careful here. You're saying that the event that made Fischer the challenger was unfair!

But what's unfair about it (provided that the matches are a reasonable length)? I can see that it might have some <undesirable> aspects, like if the two best players meet in the Quarterfinals and one of them has to get knocked out. But that doesn't make it unfair.

I don't remember any "Anyone can challenge the winner of 1851" rule. I think Staunton took his victory for granted, and didn't bother to make one. He certainly never played a match with Andersson after that. There was no title to fight for anyway.

Apr-26-08  Knight13: <Petrosianic: I don't remember any "Anyone can challenge the winner of 1851" rule.> It says it in Kasparov's "My great predecessors" book.
Jun-14-08  talisman: someone hit the delete button on 1999 and 2000.
Aug-09-08  JimmyVermeer: According to Wikipedia, this was a single elimination tournament between 128 players.
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: These knockouts are not good. You only know first prize, not the ratings of all the players.
Feb-01-09  jeekx: who won?:|
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  amadeus: Game Collection: 2001 - FIDE World Championship KO Tournament
Nov-01-09  JimmyVermeer: jeekx, it says right at the top of this page that Ruslan Ponomariov won.
Mar-08-12  reduxe: thank you amadeus!
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  Check It Out: Where are Ponomariov's games from this event?
Nov-10-13  Jigsaw42: Can you please add Ponomariov's games to this championship?
Nov-29-14  Adriano Saldanha: There is also a collection of the final round from chess games member Eepero
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: The first 22 games are dated to January, then follows some more wrong dates. Reposted for those who can edit dates:

<whiteshark: "The FIDE Championships take place in Moscow November 25th - December 14th 2001 (Kremlin) with the final in the Hall of Columns January 16th-26th 2002.

Schedule for the Kremlin: Round 1 Tuesday-Wednesday November 27th-28th 2001, Round 2 Thursday-Friday November 29th-30th, Round 3 Saturday-Sunday December 1st-2nd, <Round 4 Monday and Wednesday 3rd and 5th December>, Round 5 Thursday-Friday December 6th-7th, Round 6 Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday December 8th ,10th ,11th ,13th and 14th 2001.

Time limits: All moves in 90 minutes plus an incremental time of 30 seconds per move from move one. Playoff games: 2 games at 20 minutes + 10 seconds per move. If level 2 five-minute games + 10 seconds per move. If still level one sudden death game is played White has 6 minutes, black 5 minutes no increment the winner qualifies for the next round. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces qualifies...."


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