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Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Photograph copyright © 2005 World Chess Championship Press.  
Number of games in database: 1,379
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2699 (2679 rapid, 2737 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2715

Overall record: +408 -158 =489 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 324 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (151) 
    B90 B33 B30 B40 B50
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C67 C78 C69 C88 C95
 Slav (42) 
    D17 D15 D19 D10 D18
 Semi-Slav (38) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D48
 King's Indian (35) 
    E92 E97 E81 E94 E91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (96) 
    B90 B83 B31 B47 B30
 Ruy Lopez (90) 
    C78 C92 C88 C77 C69
 Queen's Gambit Declined (60) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35 D36
 King's Indian (56) 
    E63 E97 E92 E77 E90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (48) 
    C92 C88 C84 C93 C99
 Semi-Slav (31) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44 D48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasimdzhanov vs Anand, 2005 1-0
   Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Kasimdzhanov vs Judit Polgar, 2005 1-0
   Kasimdzhanov vs Kramnik, 2014 1-0
   Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 0-1
   I Yagupov vs Kasimdzhanov, 1998 0-1
   Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 0-1
   J Heissler vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999 0-1
   Kasimdzhanov vs Judit Polgar, 2002 1-0
   Kasimdzhanov vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corsica Masters (2006)
   Corsica Masters (2007)
   Corus Group B (2009)
   28th European Club Cup (2012)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Kasimdzhanov! by amadeus
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   Mr. V's favorite Kasimdzhanov games by Mr. V
   1997 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1999 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1995 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1995 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   1994 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   1998 Hoogovens (group B) by gauer

   J Heissler vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999

   A Donchenko vs Kasimdzhanov (Feb-19-17) 1/2-1/2
   Kasimdzhanov vs C Lupulescu (Feb-18-17) 1-0
   Kasimdzhanov vs J Grimm (Dec-04-16) 1-0
   I Saric vs Kasimdzhanov (Dec-03-16) 1/2-1/2
   Kasimdzhanov vs G Gajewski (Nov-20-16) 1-0

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(born Dec-05-1979, 37 years old) Uzbekistan

[what is this?]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov achieved several notable successes as a junior, winning the Asian Championship in 1998, placing second in the World Junior Championship in 1999, and earning a bronze medal for first board in the 2000 Olympiad. These and other results propelled him to 11th on the FIDE world ranking list in late 2001, but in the months to follow his play fell off somewhat and his rating slipped back.

In 2004 he became FIDE World Champion by winning the knockout tournament in Tripoli. In match play, he managed to upset all four of the top seeds: Veselin Topalov, Michael Adams, Vassily Ivanchuk, and Alexander Grischuk. Kasimdzhanov was then scheduled to play a match with Garry Kasparov in 2005 with the ultimate goal being the reunification of the world chess champion title. When Kasparov withdrew from playing the match, Kasimdzhanov was instead given an invitation to compete in that September's FIDE World Championship Tournament in San Luis, Argentina, where he finished sixth out of eight players. He was an AGON (the organiser) nominee to the 2012-13 Grand Prix series, but accumulated only 185 GP points for his four events, eliminating him from contention for either of the top 2 places that would have qualified him for the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014). (1) Qualifying as an organizer's nominee to participate in the 2014-15 Grand Prix series, Kasimdzhanov failed to break even in either of the first two legs, namely the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) and the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), and consequently putting himself out of contention for either of the top 2 places in the GP series that will qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2016. (2)

His result in the Asian Continental Championship of 2014 qualified him for the World Cup (2015), but in a minor upset, he was defeated by Ukrainian-Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov in the first round, with the tiebreaker being decided in the blitz games after the standard games and the two sets of rapid tiebreakers were drawn.

He helped Viswanathan Anand as a second during the Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008). He currently resides in Germany with his wife and their two children.

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; Wikipedia article: Rustam Kasimdzhanov; (2) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2014%E2%80%9315#cite note-3; live ratings:

 page 1 of 56; games 1-25 of 1,379  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kasimdzhanov vs S Appolonov  0-152 1991 URS-ch U18B40 Sicilian
2. K Mesropov vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½18 1993 Voskresensk2D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Kasimdzhanov vs E Grinshpun  1-033 1993 UZB-chC50 Giuoco Piano
4. T Dao vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½32 1993 Wch U16D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Kasimdzhanov vs I Belov  0-131 1993 Voskresensk2B06 Robatsch
6. Kasimdzhanov vs M Luna  ½-½62 1993 Wch U16B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. A Paronjan vs Kasimdzhanov  1-039 1993 UZB-chA13 English
8. Kasimdzhanov vs S Iuldachev  0-136 1993 UZB-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. B Margolin vs Kasimdzhanov  0-142 1993 Voskresensk2B22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. Kasimdzhanov vs S Nadyrhanov  1-034 1993 UZB-chB33 Sicilian
11. K Asrian vs Kasimdzhanov  0-143 1993 Wch U16B83 Sicilian
12. Kasimdzhanov vs D Kaiumov 0-119 1993 UZB-chB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. Kasimdzhanov vs S Kagirov  ½-½48 1993 UZB-chB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. R Gadjily vs Kasimdzhanov 1-057 1993 Voskresensk2B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. B Kelly vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½32 1993 Wch U16D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. T Vakhidov vs Kasimdzhanov 1-034 1993 UZB-chA07 King's Indian Attack
17. V N Kozlov vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½48 1993 Voskresensk2D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Kasimdzhanov vs A Mirzoev  0-127 1993 Wch U16B34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
19. R Ziatdinov vs Kasimdzhanov 1-061 1993 UZB-chB44 Sicilian
20. Kasimdzhanov vs A Nadanian  1-028 1993 VoskresenskB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. Kasimdzhanov vs S Galakhov  ½-½48 1993 UZB-chB40 Sicilian
22. Kasimdzhanov vs Mulyar  ½-½55 1993 Wch U16C14 French, Classical
23. D Rakhimov vs Kasimdzhanov  0-140 1993 UZB-chB54 Sicilian
24. G Bonstingl vs Kasimdzhanov  0-130 1993 Bratislava WchJM-U16A07 King's Indian Attack
25. Kasimdzhanov vs Nikitin  ½-½18 1993 Voskresensk2B01 Scandinavian
 page 1 of 56; games 1-25 of 1,379  PGN Download
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Jul-22-11  MaxxLange: <..short draws are detrimental to our sport and are one reason it is less mainstream than we would like it to be. But the real barrier is the fact that it takes effort, even on the part of strong chess players, to understand and appreciate top-level chess>

Yes. I read articles like this, and wonder, what are these folks thinking? The reason that Linares isn't a big TV event like Wimbledon is that viewers would say, '"ah, the players are just gonna draw, let's play XBox instead"?

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  alexmagnus: Well, the example of the Soviet Union some 50 years ago shows chess <can> be a mainstream sport. I mean, most of that generation plays, and quite strongly. My grandpa doesn't know any opening name yet still convincingly beats me (I'm 1600ish).
Aug-24-11  nummerzwei: I find the proposals made by Kasimdzhanov and, subsequently, Shipov really unspeakable.

In particular, I wonder whether there is any (mathematical, chessical, psychological) basis for Kasim's claim that the winning scores in high-level tournaments would increase if his proposal was implemented. I can't think of any.

Mar-20-12  shivasuri4: In the 13th round of he Bundesliga 2011-12,Rustam Kasimdzhanov of the top seeded (and ranked) OSG Baden Baden beat IM Roeland Pruijssers of SK Turm Emsdetten in a 59 move Dutch defense, with the white pieces.

Earlier in the 12th round, he drew against GM Jon Ludvig Hammer of Werder Bremen in a 34 move Nimzo Indian with the black pieces.

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  Nightsurfer: The former World Champion of International Chess 2004, namely <Rustam Kasimdzhanov>, has a broader view on the colourful culture of Chess than the average player. Therefore he plays Chinese Chess <XiangQi> as well, please have a look at the photo as follows: ... - and there you see <Rustam Kasimdzhanov> sitting at a board of International Chess after that has been transformed into a board of <XiangQi> and obviously discussing <XiangQi> with Alexander Grischuk.

The former World Champion of International Chess 2004, that is to say: <Rustam Kasimdzhanov>, is not the only person who has not only learned International Chess, but who plays Chinese Chess <XiangQi> as well.

Members of the club are: the former Women's World Champion in International Chess, namely Zhu Chen ; the former Women's World Champion in International Chess, namely Xie Jun.

Prominent male players who both play International Chess and <XiangQi> are: the charming Alexander Grischuk ; the RISING STARS Zhong Zhang , Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue ; the former German candidate to become World Champion of International Chess, that is Robert Huebner; last not least <THE PIONEER of INTERNATIONAL CHESS in CHINA>, namely Liu Wenzhe - please check out the corresponding personal pages!

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  Nightsurfer: In case that one would like to know more about that mysterious Chinese brand of chess that has been the basis of so many Chinese careers in International Chess and that even fascinates a player like <Rustam Kasimdzhanov>, namely that thrilling game <XiangQi>: herewith the link that will lead you to a clip that the German program of MTV has produced on Chinese Chess aka <XiangQi>:

The Chinese version of Chess can be compared to modern strategic <tabletop games>, please have a look at a clip that features the climax of a game of <XiangQi> after having transformed the traditional pieces into units on a tabletop: Red army corners Black General, and that is the matrix of the dreaded <HORSE-CANNON-PALCORNER-CHECKMATE> - please watch the final moves in .

The foregoing clip has transformed the final moves of the friendly game Rene Gralla vs Phan Thang, Hamburg 2003, into a scenario of <Chinese Battle Chess>.

That very game <Rene Gralla vs Phan Thang> has been battled out on February 28th, 2003, at Hamburg, Germany, at the place of the Vietnamese <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> at the square <Berliner Platz> in the eastern part of Hamburg.

The well-known <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> is a mentor of Chinese Chess, herewith a photo: .

Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: The game that has been featured in the <XiangQi>-video that has been aired by MTV, namely the contest between the well-known German experts on e-sports and electronic games, that is to say: Daniel "Budi" Budiman (herewith the biography: Red vs. Etienne Cedric "Eddy" Garde (herewith the biography: )/Black - please see once more again the clip - , can be watched from the first move to the last check by following the link as follows: , you have just to click on the second picture on that page!
Sep-20-12  notyetagm: Nice win not in database:

[Event "TCh-TUR 2011"]
[Site "Konya TUR"]
[Date "2011.07.05"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Kasimdzhanov, R."]
[Black "Parligras, M."]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2685"]
[BlackElo "2626"]
[ECO "E17"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2011.06.28"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "TUR"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2011.06.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Isek Aquamatch S.K."]
[BlackTeam "Deniz Genclik S.K."]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 a5 8. Bg5 d6 9. Qd3 Be4 10. Qe3 Bb7 11. Nc3 h6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Rad1 Nd7 14. Qd2 d5 15. cxd5 exd5 16. Qf4 a4 17. a3 Ra5 18. Qd2 Re8 19. e3 Nf8 20. Ne5 Bxe5 21. dxe5 Rxe5 22. e4 Re8 23. exd5 Rxe1+ 24. Qxe1 Qd7 25. Rd4 Ng6 26. Qd1 b5 27. Qe2 Ne7 28. Re4 Kf8 29. Re3 Nc8 30. Qd3 Kg8 31. Qe4 Nd6 32. Qe7 Qc8 33. Bf1 Ra8 34. Bxb5 Bxd5 35. Nxd5 Nxb5 36. Qe4 Qa6 37. Qc4 Rd8 38. Re1 Qa5 39. Re7 Kf8 40. Re5 Kg8 41. Ne7+

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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Kasimdzhanov!
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  Abdel Irada: <alexmagnus: Well, the example of the Soviet Union some 50 years ago shows chess <can> be a mainstream sport.>

I think that whether chess is or isn't a "mainstream" sport is a question hinging not on the inherent nature of chess, but on culture. Simply: In some cultures, chess is more highly esteemed than in others. If the culture changes in the latter, chess will be embraced; if not, it won't. No rule changes or gimmicks are going to alter that.

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  playground player: Too many draws? Just knock $10,000 off the prize purse for every drawn game. The players will soon get the message.
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  PawnSac: <Abdel Irada: <alexmagnus: Well, the example of the Soviet Union some 50 years ago shows chess <can> be a mainstream sport.>

I think that whether chess is or isn't a "mainstream" sport is a question hinging not on the inherent nature of chess, but on culture. Simply: In some cultures, chess is more highly esteemed than in others. If the culture changes in the latter, chess will be embraced; if not, it won't. No rule changes or gimmicks are going to alter that.>

The internet growing in countries that previously lacked the technology also greatly enhances the appeal for chess, particularly in a country like China, who has taken large strides in recent decades to gain a more prominent position in global competition. Consider China's effort in the olympics and other such things. Additionally, countries where individuals, especially children, do not have the liberal finances available for hobby and pass-time personal interests, as in some of the more developed countries, will tend to see children finding interests that do not require continual funding. Other than the cost of internet, every child in china can play Go or Chess regularly at no cost.

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  twinlark: Also, a country needs a reasonable amount of wealth and infrastructure to support the existence of chess clubs and important chess events that enable players to develop against strong opposition.

The human potential for chess (and everything else) in places like Africa would be no less than elsewhere, but the poverty of most countries, in particular their populations, and the lack of infrastructure severely limits the opportunities for top flight GMs to develop in Africa.

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  Penguincw: Happy 34th birthday to former FIDE champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov.
Aug-08-14  cplyakap: Super combination.Congratz.
Aug-08-14  Mr. V: Great job beating Kramnik at the Olympiad today! Kasimdzhanov vs Kramnik, 2014
Aug-08-14  Mating Net: Way to go Kasim! 3-0 against Naiditsch, Chucky, & Kramnik at the Olympiad.
Aug-09-14  Mating Net: Looks I jinxed my main man Kasim as he lost to Nakamura. Still a good performance though.
Aug-10-14  Mr. V: <Looks I jinxed my main man Kasim as he lost to Nakamura. Still a good performance though.> Indeed, it was a very hard-fought game. Good luck, Mr. Kasimdzhanov!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to former FIDE World Championship, Rustam Kasimdzhanov!

< and consequently is all but out of contention for either of the top 2 places in the GP series that will qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2016. >

At least he can still play for money...

Jan-08-15  Hand Of King: Strong internet blitz player, here is recent game vs Dubov
Jan-29-15  Conrad93: It irks me when people refer to this guy as World Champion.

FIDE's knockout tournament was a pathetic joke.

Dec-05-15  Sularus: happy birthday!
Dec-05-15  Sularus: have a good one!
Aug-17-16  Mr. V: Been awfully quiet lately. Typically he works as a second; who has he worked with these days?
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