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FIDE World Championship Knockout, 2004
Tripoli, Libya

 Adams and Kasimdzhanov duel for the FIDE title in Tripoli
The format for FIDE's 2004 World Championship was a a tournament wherein 128 players would reduce to a single world champion after a series of knockout mini-matches. It took place in Tripoli, Libya from June 19 to July 13, 2004. The first 5 rounds consisted of 2 game matches, the semifinals consisted of 4 game matches, while the the final round was a 6 game match. If any of the matches were tied, the tie was broken with speed-chess (25 minutes + 10 second "increment" per move). Failing that, two blitz games (5 minutes + 10 second increment) were played. Finally, if a result was still not achieved, the entire match was settled with a single decisive sudden death blitz game, sometimes called an "Armageddon" game, wherein White receives 6 minutes, and Black receives 5 minutes and draw-odds.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov FIDE's knockout format, which relied so heavily on speed chess and blitz chess, was certain to be the source of much criticism. Also under attack was FIDE's position to allow Garry Kasparov to play the winner of this event in a reunification match, even though Kasparov did not participate in the qualifying rounds. However, even these important complaints had to take a backseat to the highly controversial choice of venue. Libya, under the leadership of Muammar Gaddafi, enforced policies which were denounced by many as shamelessly anti-semitic; for example, their refusal to recognise Israeli passports, and their barring of Israeli chess coaches from entering the country. Gaddafi was quoted by several Hewbrew news outlets as saying "We didn't invite nor will we invite the Zionist enemy to the competition." Gaddafi's son added fuel to the fire, adding: "We know the Zionists will seize such occasions to enter the Arab society ... but we will not give up our principles."[1]

FIDE president Kirsan Ilymzhinov was unapologetic, responding: "I am somewhat surprised that you don't see the importance of having the World Chess Championship in Libya, during the time when the country is opening up to the international community."[2] The damage to the championship's integrity was irreparable, and in the end, only two of top-10 players (Adams and Topalov) agreed to participate.

The unexpected winner of the tournament was the Uzbekistani 24 year old grandmaster, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who defeated Ramirez, Ghaem-Maghami, Ivanchuk, Almasi, Grischuk, Topalov, and in the final round, Michael Adams. In the final match against Adams, both players won two games, thereby necessitating the use of the speed-chess tiebreaks. Kasimdzhanov, whose previous accomplishments included winning the Asian championship in 1998 and finishing second in the World Junior Championship in 1999, won the first speed tiebreak in spite of being in danger for most of the game. During the second tiebreak game he needed only to secure a draw with the white pieces, which he did easily, thereby winning the tournament and becoming the new FIDE World Chess Champion.

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FINAL SCORE:  Kasimdzhanov 4½;  Adams 3½
Reference: game collection Kasimdzhanov - Adams, WCC 2004

NOTABLE GAMES   [what is this?]
    · Game #5     Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004     1-0
    · Game #7     Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004     0-1
    · Game #3     Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004     1-0


  1. Libya will not allow Israelis in for FIDE KO, Chessbase, Jun 6, 2004.
  2. Gaddafi's strategic chess move, BBC Jun 22, 2004.

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 407  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½312004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Adams vs H Asabri 1-0352004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Ivanchuk vs A Arab 1-0342004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
4. M Tissir vs Dreev 0-1342004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB56 Sicilian
5. V Akopian vs J Gonzalez Garcia 1-0382004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentC07 French, Tarrasch
6. A Galkin vs Delchev  ½-½302004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. K Solomon vs Grischuk 0-1522004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. H M A Kadhi vs Short 0-1532004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentC45 Scotch Game
9. V Malakhov vs K Haznedaroglu 1-0552004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. R Dableo vs Nisipeanu  ½-½522004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
11. C Garcia Palermo vs J Ye  ½-½332004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Bacrot vs P Charbonneau 1-0512004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB33 Sicilian
13. D K Johansen vs M Gurevich ½-½342004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentC07 French, Tarrasch
14. Rublevsky vs A Adly  ½-½352004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. M Bartel vs Radjabov 0-1532004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB33 Sicilian
16. Barsov vs Beliavsky ½-½132004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
17. F Vallejo Pons vs Vasquez Schroeder ½-½292004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. M Paragua vs Bologan 1-0422004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB10 Caro-Kann
19. Sakaev vs D Mastrovasilis ½-½262004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. L Kritz vs Sasikiran 1-0392004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. Mamedyarov vs Neverov  ½-½502004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentA13 English
22. D Barua vs A Graf  0-1462004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentC55 Two Knights Defense
23. Zvjaginsev vs D Lima 1-0282004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentA28 English
24. A Ramirez Alvarez vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½332004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. A Aleksandrov vs E El Gindy 1-0742004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Aug-07-04  arifattar: I am posting my latest win here. I am proud of this win actually as this has been one of my better games.

[Event "Let's play chess"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2004.08.07"]
[White "arifattar"]
[Black "everdred"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1200"]
[BlackElo "1193"]
[TimeControl "1/259200"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 O-O 7. e4 h6 8. e5 hxg5 9. exf6 Qxf6 10. h3 d5 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Bd3 a6 13. h4 gxh4 14. Qh5 g6 15. Qh6 Bf5 16. Bxf5 Rfe8+ 17. Kd2 Qxf5 18. Nf3 g5 19. Qxg5+ Qxg5+ 20. Nxg5 f6 21. Nf3 Re4 22. Nxh4 b5 23. f3 Re7 24. Ng6 Rh7 25. Ke3 Kg7 26. Nh4 Re8+ 27. Kf2 Ne7 28. Rae1 Kf7 29. g4 f5 30. Nxf5 Rxh1 31. Rxh1 Ng6 32. Rh7+ Kf6 33. Rxc7 Nf4 34. Kg3 Ne2+ 35. Kf2 Kg5 36. Ng7 Rh8 37. Kxe2 1-0

Aug-08-04  uponthehill: <arifattar> I feeded Fritz with your game and he showed ?? two times about your moves:

18. Nf3?? ( 18. ...Na5 19. Rxh4 Nb3+ 20. Kd1 f6 )

35. Kf2?? (35. Kh2 )

Aug-08-04  arifattar: Thanks <uponthehill>. I played the game over and realised the mistake on move 18. Nf3. But I can't decipher why Fritz wants 35.Kh2 as that would bring the black rook into play.

By the way, I like the notation on the 19th move.
19. Qxg5+ Qxg5+

I don't think there would be many games where both white's and black's moves notations are identical with a check involved in both moves.

Aug-09-04  oldtimer: Your 35. Kf2 is obviously winning also and there is no brilliant victory after 35.Kh2, so it's propably a difference between forced mate in 40 moves and in 35 moves. Computer stuff. Anyway, my crafty (inferior to fritz, but a tough one nevertheless) actually prefers Kf2.

I am new here and found your post pretty entertaining. Advantage of women in chess because of their sexiness... You poor guys :-)! I wonder whether her boyfriend also has problems in his games with her, even though he's rated higher.

Aug-09-04  uponthehill: I see fellow-countryman so just in case I'll sit silent :D
Aug-10-04  oldtimer: Don't worry, I will not tell anyone your secrets :-)
But the topic itself interests me very much and even though you don't want to share your experience with us, perhaps somebody else will. I am from Poland so I've heard several funny stories about boys and girls playing against each other and I wonder, how does it look like in other countries. Do you also have difficulties concentrating? Do you perhaps want to act like a gentleman and offer a nice draw in a better position - and perhaps ask her out later?? I've heard aboout one girl, who at the beginning of a tournament was dating one guy, and on the end - another one. (she dumped a "civilian" and got a chess player, so it's good for you, guys!) Any story - I am very interested.
Don't hesitate to write:
Aug-10-04  Lawrence: Hi <oldtimer>, welcome. Maybe the best ploy is a baseball cap pulled down low so you can't even see her.
Aug-10-04  iron maiden: Reminds me of a girl at my chess club. You usually find her dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt--unless it's tournament day, in which case she wears the lowest-cut shirt money can buy and always leans over the board...
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  Bobsterman3000: <arifattar> Your opponent should have also played 31... Nxf5 if he lacked any other concrete plan at that point.
Aug-10-04  Shadout Mapes: I'll post a French win I'm proud of.

[Event "Saturday Swiss"]
[Site "Houston Chess Club"]
[Date "2004.07.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Whitsitt, Seth"]
[Black "Campbell, John"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "unrated"]
[BlackElo "16??"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Ba4 6.b4 cxb4?!

<At the time I played this game, I did not know this line. I expected 6...cxd4 as I had seen it in Fischer - Tal and a few other games, but I had no idea what to play in case of cxb4. I thought for a while and ended up playing the book move>

7.Nb5 Bc7 <the book likes 7...Nc6, but this looks fine> 8.Qg4 g6 9.h4 Nc6 10.h5!? a6 11.Nxc7+ Qxc7 12.hxg6 fxg6 13.Bd3 Ne7 <maybe 13...Nxe5?> 14.Nf3 Nxe5!?

<I don't know what to think of this, but it probably loses. Fritz gives it two exclams but then shows white winning by over two points.>

15.Nxe5 Qc3+ 16.Ke2 Qxa1 17.Nxg6 <Fritz gives this two exclams as well> 17...Bd7?

<If 17...Rg8 18.Rxh7 Nf5 19.Qg5 works, I think>

18.Nxa8 O-O-O 19.Nf7 Rf8 <If 19...Rg8 20.Qh4> 20.Rxh7!

<It looks like I'm dropping a whole piece, doesn't it?>

20...Qxc1 21.Nd6+ Kc7 22.Rxe7 Kxd6 23.Rxd7+!

<Fritz: "An unpleasant surprise." My opponent after the game: "That.... was a good move.">

23...Kxd7 24.Qg7+ Kc6 25.Qxf8 bxa3

<Suddenly, things get complicated.>

26.Qc8+ Kd6 27.Qxb7 Qa1 28.Qxa6+ Ke7 29.Kd2

<Scared of the passed pawn, I try to bring my king closer>

29...Qb2 30.Qa7+ Kf6 31.Qa8

<A new idea strikes me. Mate the king!>

31...Qb4+ 32.Ke3 Qe1+ 33.Kf3 Qd1+ 34.Kg3 Qc1??

<34...Qh5 avoids mate, but after 35.f4!! black's a pawn falls and black can't check the white king>

35.Qf8+ Kg5 36.Qg7+ Black Resigns 1-0

A nice win over a guy in the upper 1600s who is probably around twice my age.

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  tpstar: <Shadout Mapes> Nice game! Fine mix of tactics and strategy, and you deservedly came out on top. Here's a recent example of that line = Topalov vs Ermenkov, 1994
Aug-11-04  PizzatheHut: <Shadout Mapes> Where are you from in Houston? I'm from Houston also. I looked into joining the HCC one time, but their rates are pretty high.
Aug-11-04  Shadout Mapes: I live in a place called Garden Oaks, it's near (a little north of) the Heights. I usually only go to HCC (same acronym as Houston Community College so I feel wierd using it..) on Saturdays to play in the weekly Saturday Swiss, and usually only once a month or so.
Aug-11-04  PizzatheHut: I'm from Clear Lake, so far south that it's only technically Houston :) How many people usually come on an average weekend to those swiss tournaments? I've been thinking about coming but don't want to if it's only a few people.
Aug-12-04  Shadout Mapes: A nice amount of people show up, 10-20, i'm not sure, but it's only 3 rounds, so you'll play 3 people and then it's over. Also, the president dude (Larry) gives a lesson in the morning. Once again, I don't go too often because it's tiring to play 3 long games in a row, but it's sometimes rewarding.
Oct-04-04  refutor: how do you get a tournament FIDE rated? e.g. how many games does an unrated player need to play v. a FIDE rated player? i know their performance has to be higher than 1800
Nov-09-04  Dionyseus: Grats <Acirce>

Btw, I see that you said that you won in your Class I group. Over here in the US, Class I is USCF 200-399 (early beginner/scholastic players) , so what's Class I where you live?

Nov-10-04  acirce: <Dionyseus> Thanks. It is not strictly after rating, if you win your group in class II you move upwards in the hierarchy etc. Normally class I players are somewhere in the 1800-2050 area, with Swedish ratings, that are generally a little bit higher than FIDE's.

Nov-10-04  square dance: <acirce> how were the groups in that tournament determined? based on ratings it seems like anyone could've played in any group.
Nov-10-04  acirce: I'm not sure about the method, but every group has roughly the same rating average, give or take one or two points or so.
Aug-12-09  WhiteRook48: anti-Semitism in the Championship Tournament?
Nov-14-10  tentsewang: I hate FIDE! It Changed the Chess championship for the bad. DAMN!!! Bobby Fischer would agree with me btw.
Aug-19-13  Cushion: That Ilymzhinov quote is almost funny in retrospect.
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  FSR: Wikipedia article:
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  Tabanus: Reposted: <whiteshark:

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]
[Site "Tripoli"]
[Date "2004.07.06"]
[Round "7.1"]

acc2 chessbase Megabase

followed by

rd 7.2 = 2004.07.07
rd 7.3 = 2004.07.08
rd 7.4 = 2004.07.10
rd 7.5 = 2004.07.11
rd 7.6 = 2004.07.12
rd 7.7 = 2004.07.13
rd 7.8 = 2004.07.13>

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