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🏆 Russia - The Rest of the World (2002)

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Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Alexey Shirov, Evgeny Bareev, Judit Polgar, Vladimir Akopian, Nigel Short, Aleksey Dreev, Alexander Motylev, Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Alexander Khalifman, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Zurab Azmaiparashvili

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 100  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Grischuk vs Short  ½-½362002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC02 French, Advance
2. Judit Polgar vs Grischuk 0-1622002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
3. Karpov vs Smirin 0-1482002Russia - The Rest of the WorldD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
4. Khalifman vs Radjabov  ½-½412002Russia - The Rest of the WorldE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
5. Anand vs V Zvjaginsev 1-0512002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. Ponomariov vs Motylev ½-½142002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC42 Petrov Defense
7. Kasparov vs Leko ½-½452002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB30 Sicilian
8. Kramnik vs Ivanchuk ½-½402002Russia - The Rest of the WorldD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. Gelfand vs Bareev  0-1532002Russia - The Rest of the WorldD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Shirov vs Morozevich 1-0712002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC42 Petrov Defense
11. Rublevsky vs Judit Polgar 1-0492002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB40 Sicilian
12. Smirin vs Khalifman ½-½252002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB30 Sicilian
13. Radjabov vs Karpov 1-0352002Russia - The Rest of the WorldE12 Queen's Indian
14. Short vs Svidler  ½-½742002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB20 Sicilian
15. Bareev vs Shirov  ½-½582002Russia - The Rest of the WorldD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Motylev vs Anand 0-1362002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. Rublevsky vs Ponomariov  ½-½292002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. Leko vs Kramnik ½-½342002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC42 Petrov Defense
19. Ivanchuk vs Kasparov 1-0402002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Morozevich vs Gelfand  ½-½332002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC42 Petrov Defense
21. Karpov vs Anand ½-½1142002Russia - The Rest of the WorldD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Leko vs Motylev  1-0732002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC42 Petrov Defense
23. Khalifman vs Ponomariov 0-1592002Russia - The Rest of the WorldE15 Queen's Indian
24. Short vs Morozevich 0-1532002Russia - The Rest of the WorldC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
25. Grischuk vs Radjabov  1-0462002Russia - The Rest of the WorldB30 Sicilian
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Jan-12-05  mj29479: If somebody wishes to organise a world championship, this is the most probable line-up of players he should look at.Why is it not possible to organize such a tournament any more? Any comments from Mr. Keene?
May-12-06  jamaicanNM: who won?
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  pawn to QB4: Rest of World by 52 to 48. Better than their two results against the Soviet Union but, of course, political changes meant the Ukrainians and others were now RoW.
May-13-06  MagnaPsygnosis: Lets face if...
Not even the best players in the world can beat chess
May-13-06  cuendillar: Ukraine did just that in last year's Olympics.
May-13-06  Far1ey: RUSSIA!!!

Man the Russians are good at chess...

How come all the other countries aren't as good!?!?!?!?!

May-13-06  MagnaPsygnosis: <Far1ey>
This is a very good question:
To identify the answer, you will have to remove all the simularities of Russian chess and world chess, so that only the differences are left. 4 well-known differences are:

1. Russia are the only country in the
world where they play chess
backwards, when analyzing a game.

2. The Children there start very
early relative to the rest of the
world (3-4yrs)

3. Unlike most countries, chess is a
major-subject in their schools.

4. Finally, chess is connected to
their goverment via Communism.

Sep-14-06  Pepitin17: Did Kaspy had a (-) score on this one?
Sep-15-06  Kean: who knows, but he lost to polgar, at least. and that in a berlin defense
Mar-20-07  Helios727: How did this match work? Did they have 10 players on each team, and have each team member play once against each opposing team member?
Mar-20-07  Helios727: The Russian school of chess is the reason for their success. When it comes to natural talent, that seems to be spread around because you see World Junior Champions come from all over the place. But once they reach their early 20s, the Russians lunge ahead.
Mar-20-07  Tomlinsky: If you live within a culture that actively supports, promotes and invests in the cultivation of a framework for chess excellence then you tend to get more grandmasters. Environment and support from it encourages excellence. It really is that simple.

If, on the other hand, you live within a culture with a tendancy to believe that art, strategy and tactics mean sitting on your backside stuffing your face with popcorn while guys in crash-helmets collide with each other while chasing a ball....

Mar-20-07  micartouse: When I hear "Russian School of Chess" I picture a university where kids elect "Knight Endings" or "Advanced French Structures" or "New Ideas in the Noteboom" as electives. I know it wasn't like that, but it should've been.
Aug-03-07  Akuni: <Helios> Unlike the two USSR vs The World matches (both won by the USSR) where each player played a four-game match against a single opponent, in this tournament, everyone played everyone else once.
Feb-29-08  D.Observer: <PVS: Shirov, playing for the Rest of the World (Spain), had the best overall score at <+5=4-1>. Guess to whom he lost?> He lost to Kasparov. Check this: Kasparov vs Shirov, 2002
Mar-15-08  The Rocket: what is the time control for this tournament?
May-01-08  Karpova: <The third match is scheduled for September 8th - 12th 2002 in Moscow. It will be staged over ten boards, using a Scheveningen System and rapid chess (25+10).>
Apr-27-09  brucejavier: wow, must be kasparovs worst tornament hes ever played.
Jun-05-09  WhiteRook48: man Kasparov won only one in this tournament! What?
May-19-11  Everett: MagnaPsygnosis: <Far1ey> <This is a very good question: To identify the answer, you will have to remove all the simularities of Russian chess and world chess, so that only the differences are left. 4 well-known differences are:

1. Russia are the only country in the
world where they play chess
backwards, when analyzing a game.>

This is interesting. Wonder if this is true, and how it looks in practice...

Jan-02-12  Xeroxx: Will this comeback?
Dec-26-12  leka: dear magnapsygosis.The Soviet communists supported the chess the violin playing the classical piano playing the ballet dance the opera.But in the Soviet union they could not play a card game bridge.The real communits should have put money to rock jazz the old dance music the ordinary folks like these.But The soviets rulers put the money to the minor elite hobbies like chess and the piano playing.It was policy.Why people from the Western should have try send pack of cards that the russians could play the bridge or poker.The religouspeople try to send the bibles in the Soviet union
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  Sally Simpson: "But in the Soviet union they could not play a card game bridge."

Not to sure about that. Karpov and Korchnoi were bridge partners at Hatings 1972 and Karpov's trainer, Furman was a dedicated bridge player.

Jan-25-15  Severin: Not a nice event for Kasparov. How many tournaments did he come out of with a negative score? I can't think of any others.
Jan-27-19  GumboGambit: Kasparove did more help for the Rest of World team than if he had represented his native country of Azerbaijan
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