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2004 FIDE World Chess Championship
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★★★ INTRO ★★★

The 2004 FIDE World Chess Championship was a knockout tournament. The final consisted of 24 year old Rustam Kasimdzhanov from Uzbekistan and 32 year old Michael Adams from the United Kingdom.

★★★ QUALIFICATIONS ★★★

Since 1993, Kasparov broke away from FIDE to form the PCA. Recently, there have been attempts to reunite the chess championship. The idea was that incumbent FIDE champion Ruslan Ponomariov play World #1 Garry Kasparov. Meanwhile, regning "classical" champion Vladimir Kramnik would play challenger Peter Leko (which actually happened, see Game Collection: 2004 Classical World Chess Championship for games and more info) with the winner of these 2 matches face off in a match to determine the champion. That never happened, as FIDE held a knockout tournament to find the new FIDE champ.

128 players competed in a knockout tournament (although 4 forfeited Round 1). The first 5 rounds (up to the quarter-finals) would be 2 game matches, with the first to 1 1/2 points advancing, while the semi-finals would be best of 4. If the matches end in a tie, 2 rapid games, followed by 2 blitz games and 1 armageddon game would follow as necessary.

Kasimdzhanov made it to the finals by knocking out Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez 2 1/2-1 1/2 (on tiebreaks), Ehsan Ghaem Maghami 1 1/2-1/2, last time runner-up Vassily Ivanchuk 2 1/2-1 1/2 (on tiebreaks), Zoltan Almasi 2-0, Alexander Grischuk 3-1 and top seed Veselin Topalov 4-2.

Meanwhile, Adams made it to the finals by defeating Hussien Asabri 2-0, Karen Asrian 1 1/2-1/2, Hichem Hamdouchi by the same score, Hikaru Nakamura 1 1/2-1/2, Vladimir Akopian by the same score and Teimour Radjabov 2 1/2-1 1/2.

★★★ CONDITIONS ★★★

Like the previous knockout tournament final, it was a best of 8, with the first to 4 1/2 points being declared FIDE champion. If the match as tied 4-4, the same tiebreaking procedure as above would be followed. Game 1 was played on July 6th, 2004.

★★★ NOTABLE GAMES ★★★

Game 3: Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004

Game 5: Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004

Game 7: Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004

★★★ FINAL ★★★

The final game was played on July 12th, 2004. Entering Game 8, Kasimdzhanov had a 4-3 lead and needed just a draw with the white pieces to be declared the 5th FIDE champion during the split era and avoid tiebreaks.

Game 8: Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004

With the draw, Kasimdzhanov had surprised most of the world to become the newest FIDE champion.

★★★ MINI TABLE ★★★

Kasimdzhanov 1/2 1 0 1 0 1/2 1 1/2 (3 wins, 2 losses, 3 draws) <56.3% score>

Adams 1/2 0 1 0 1 1/2 0 1/2 (2 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws) <43.8% score>

★★★ OTHER LINKS ★★★

See also: FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

Head to Head Record Prior to 2004: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... (0 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses for both player)

Previous FIDE Championship: Game Collection: 2002 FIDE World Chess Championship

Next FIDE Championship: Game Collection: 2005 FIDE World Chess Championship

Previous "Classical" Championship: Game Collection: 2000 Classical World Chess Championship

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

Game 1, Match tied 1/2-1/2
Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2, Kasimdzhanov leads 1 1/2-1/2
Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

Game 3, Match tied 1 1/2-1 1/2
Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 47 moves, 1-0

Game 4, Kasimdzhanov leads 2 1/2-1 1/2
Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Game 5, Match tied 2 1/2-2 1/2
Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 46 moves, 1-0

Game 6, Match tied 3-3
Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 7, Kasimdzhanov leads 4-3
Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 60 moves, 0-1

Game 8, Kasimdzhanov wins 4 1/2-3 1/2
Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

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