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2000 Classical World Chess Championship
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★★★ INTRO ★★★

The 2000 Classical Chess Championship was between 25 year old challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and 37 year old defending champion Garry Kasparov also of Russia.

★★★ QUALIFICATION ★★★

In 1996, the PCA had folded after Kasparov played a match against Deep Blue (Computer). Since Kasparov was unable to organize qualifying tournaments. It had been years since Kasparov last defended his title, so asked the top 2 players in the world according to rating (excluding himself), Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, to play a candidates match. Anand refused, so Kasparov asked the next top player in the world, Alexey Shirov to play a match against Kramnik. Shirov won 5 1/2-3 1/2 in the best of 10 (see Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match (1998) for games and more info).

However, Shirov was unable to sponsor a match, and after Anand couldn't sponsor either, it was Kramnik who would Kasparov's challenger.

★★★ CONDITIONS ★★★

The match would be a best of 16, with the first to 8 1/2 points being the winner. If it were tied 8-8, Kasparov would retain his title. Game 1 was played on October 8th, 2000.

★★★ NOTABLE GAMES ★★★

Game 2: Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000

Game 4: Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000

Game 10: Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000

★★★ FINAL ★★★

The last game (15) was played on November 4th, 2000. Entering the round, Kramnik had an 8-6 lead and needed just a draw in the last 2 games to end Kasparov's 15 year reign.

Game 15: Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000

With the draw, Kramnik had dethroned Kasparov 8 1/2-6 1/2.

★★★ MINI TABLE ★★★

Kramnik 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 (2 wins, 0 losses and 12 draws) <57.1% score>

Kasparov 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 (0 wins, 2 losses and 12 draws) <42.9% score>

★★★ OTHER LINKS ★★★

See also: Kasparov - Kramnik Classical World Championship Match (2000)

Head to Head Record Prior to 2000: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... (16 wins, 15 losses and 40 draws in favour of Kasparov)

Previous Classical Championship: Game Collection: 1995 Classical World Chess Championship

Next Classical Championship: Game Collection: 2004 Classical World Chess Championship

Previous FIDE Championship: Game Collection: 1999 FIDE World Chess Championship

Next FIDE Championship: Game Collection: 2000 FIDE World Chess Championship

Game 1, Match tied 1/2-1/2
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2, Kramnik leads 1 1/2-1/2
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Game 3, Kramnik leads 2-1
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gamr 4, Kramnik leads 2 1/2-1 1/2
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 5, Kramnik leads 3-2
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 6, Kramnik leads 3 1/2-2 1/2
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 7, Kramnik leads 4-3
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 8, Kramnik leads 4 1/2-3 1/2
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 9, Kramnik leads 5-4
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 10, Kramnik leads 6-4
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

Game 11, Kramnik leads 6 1/2-4 1/2
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 12, Kramnik leads 7-5
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 13, Kramnik leads 7 1/2-5 1/2
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 14, Kramnik leads 8-6
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(A15) English, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 15, Kramnik wins 8 1/2-6 1/2
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

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