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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 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 417  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs O Touzane 0-1392001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C42 Petrov Defense
2. O Touzane vs Anand 0-1232001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02A57 Benko Gambit
3. Anand vs O Touzane 1-0352001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02A15 English
4. O Touzane vs Anand  ½-½462001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
5. G Sarthou vs Adams  0-1322001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. Adams vs G Sarthou  1-0432001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B30 Sicilian
7. Morozevich vs N Zeliakov ½-½602001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B50 Sicilian
8. N Zeliakov vs Morozevich 0-1172001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. B Shovunov vs Ivanchuk ½-½282001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. Ivanchuk vs B Shovunov  1-0262001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02A57 Benko Gambit
11. Leko vs W Kobese 1-0432001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. W Kobese vs Leko 1-0592001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B10 Caro-Kann
13. M Gluzman vs Bareev 0-1272001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. Bareev vs M Gluzman  1-0432001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Gelfand vs A Cabrera  ½-½612001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E91 King's Indian
16. A Cabrera vs Gelfand  0-1662001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02A07 King's Indian Attack
17. J F Pierrot vs Topalov  0-1612001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
18. Topalov vs J F Pierrot 1-0292001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02A15 English
19. Shirov vs A Rizouk  1-0282001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C67 Ruy Lopez
20. A Rizouk vs Shirov 0-1402001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C48 Four Knights
21. N V Vlassov vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½692001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C24 Bishop's Opening
22. Kasimdzhanov vs N V Vlassov  1-0512001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02D94 Grunfeld
23. Bareev vs Ehlvest 1-0442001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. Topalov vs Shirov  ½-½802001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02C42 Petrov Defense
25. Dreev vs Anand  ½-½122001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02E12 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-04-07  Bob726: I think this is incomplete
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  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?:|
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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