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Anand's Knockout Knockouts
Compiled by SetNoEscapeOn
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"As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority became apparent" - Jose Raul Capablanca

This collection contains all of the games that Anand played in the FIDE KO tournaments in 1997, 2000, and 2001. He finished winner, winner, and semi-finalist respectively, and clearly has the best record of any player in that format so far.

Some highlights of Anand's performance:

* Anand is the only player to win two FIDE KO events of this kind.

* Anand eliminated Alexey Shirov in all three events. Shirov is one of only four players to reach a KO final twice, the other three being Ponomariov, Adams, and Anand himself.

* Anand's match record across all 3 events is 17-1. His game record across all time controls is 22 wins, 27 draws, and only 2 losses. Both losses occurred in the 2001 tournament in classical games where Anand played white. Interestingly, these losses came against what might well have been his weakest and strongest competitors (Touzane and Ivanchuk respectively).

in 1997 Anand was seeded into round 2. Anand 2, Nikolic 0
Anand vs P Nikolic, 1997 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

P Nikolic vs Anand, 1997 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Round 3, Khalifman: 1-1, 1-1, Anand 1.5 Khalifman 0.5 in blitz
Anand vs Khalifman, 1997 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Anand, 1997
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Khalifman, 1997
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Khalifman, 1997
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Anand, 1997
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Anand, 1997 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Almasi: Anand 2, Almasi 0
Z Almasi vs Anand, 1997 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 50 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Z Almasi, 1997
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal, Shirov: Anand 1.5, Shirov 0.5
Anand vs Shirov, 1997 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Anand, 1997
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semifinal, Gelfand: Anand 1.5 Gelfand 0.5
Anand vs Gelfand, 1997 
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Anand, 1997
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Final, Adams 2-2, 1-1, 1-1, Anand wins armageddon
Adams vs Anand, 1997 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Anand, 1997
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 1997
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 1997 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Anand, 1997
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Anand, 1997
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 1997
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 1997
(A15) English, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 1997 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 65 moves, 1-0

2000 Round 2, Bologan: Anand 1.5, Bologan 0.5
Bologan vs Anand, 2000
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Bologan, 2000 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Lputian: Anand 1.5, Lputian 0.5
Lputian vs Anand, 2000
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Lputian, 2000
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Macieja: Anand 1.5, Macieja 0.5
Macieja vs Anand, 2000
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Macieja, 2000 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal, Khalifman: 1-1, 1-1, Anand in blitz 1.5- 0.5
Anand vs Khalifman, 2000 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Anand, 2000
(A17) English, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Anand, 2000
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Khalifman, 2000
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Khalifman, 2000 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Khalifman vs Anand, 2000
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semifinal, Adams: Anand 2.5, Adams 1.5
Adams vs Anand, 2000
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 2000 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Anand, 2000
(C42) Petrov Defense, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 2000
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Final, Shirov: Anand 3.5, Shirov 0.5 (!)
Shirov vs Anand, 2000 
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Shirov, 2000 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Anand, 2000 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Shirov, 2000 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

2001 Round 1, Touzane: 1-1, Anand 1.5-0.5 in rapid
Anand vs O Touzane, 2001 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

O Touzane vs Anand, 2001 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

Anand vs O Touzane, 2001 
(A15) English, 35 moves, 1-0

O Touzane vs Anand, 2001
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Nielsen: Anand 1.5, Nielsen 0.5
P H Nielsen vs Anand, 2001 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Anand vs P H Nielsen, 2001
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Tkachiev: 1-1, Anand in rapid 1.5 - 0.5
Anand vs Tkachiev, 2001 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tkachiev vs Anand, 2001
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tkachiev vs Anand, 2001 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Tkachiev, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Dreev: Anand 1.5, Dreev 0.5
Dreev vs Anand, 2001
(E12) Queen's Indian, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Dreev, 2001 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Quarterfinal, Shirov: Anand 1.5, Shirov 0.5
Anand vs Shirov, 2001
(C42) Petrov Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Anand, 2001
(C10) French, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semifinal, Ivanchuk: Ivanchuk 2.5, Anand 1.5
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2001 
(C10) French, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2001
(B30) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2001
(C10) French, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2001 
(B30) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

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