FIDE World Championship Knockout, 1999
Las Vegas, Nevada
The FIDE World Chess Championship 1999 was held in Las Vegas, United States, between 31 July and 28 August 1999. The format was
a knockout tournament of short matches. This was similar in style to that used at the FIDE World Chess Championship 1998, and
had the same advantages and disadvantages. A change from the 1998 championship was that incumbent champion (Anatoly Karpov) had no special privileges, other than that he (like a number of leading
players) was seeded into the second round. In protest at this, Karpov refused to play.
Kasparov and Anand also refused to play, as they were negotiating a rematch, and also harbored criticisms of the format.
Kasparov was highly dismissive of the FIDE event, saying that most of the participants were "tourists".1 In the
absense of Kasparov, Anand, and Karpov, the event less attention than many other high category tournaments that took
place the same year.
| ||Alexander Khalifman|
In the final, Vladimir Akopian and Alexander
Khalifman faced off to play a short 6 game match. With a draw in the 6th game, Khalifman was crowned FIDE World Chess Champion.
Khalifman, 44th strongest player in the world by rating points, said of his victory:
I do not claim that I am the world's best chessplayer, but I am the FIDE World Champion, the only championship of the world that we have now.
FINAL SCORE: Khalifman 3½; Akopian 2½
Reference: game collection Khalifman - Akopian WCC 1999
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1 Wikipedia article FIDE World Chess Championship 1999.