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The Results of the World Chess Championship 2001-2002

By Boris Schipkov

Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) became the new World Chess Champion. Ruslan is the youngest Champion in the history of the World Chess Championships. He won the greatest number of games in the Championship - 12, drawn 14 games and lost only 1. Ruslan Ponomariov beat Li Wenliang, Tiviakov, Georgiev, Morozevich, Bareev, Svidler and Ivanchuk. He played very strong with the great persistence.
The Vice-Champion Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk sensationally outplayed the defending Champion Viswanathan Anand. Vassily had 8 wins, 16 draws and 3 defeats. Ivanchuk beat Shovunov, Macieja, Sutovsky, Ye Jiangchuan, Lautier, Anand.

The Ex-Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) shown fine play. He won 6 games, drawn 10 games and lost 2. Anand beat Touzane, Nielsen, Tkachiev, Dreev, Shirov.
Another semifinalist Peter Svidler (Russia) also acted nicely and beat Hoffman, Sulskis, Milov, Adams, Gelfand. He won 7 games, drawn 15 games and lost 2.

Evgeny Bareev (Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Joel Lautier (France), Alexei Shirov (Spain) were in the good form and passed through 4 rounds.

P Country N Pla W R1 W R2 W R3 W R4 W R5 W R6 W R7
1 Russia RUS 20 13 9 4 2 1    
2 United States USA 9 1            
3 Ukraine UKR 8 3 2 2 2 2 2 1
4 China CHN 7 4 2 1        
5 France FRA 6 3 2 1 1      
6 India IND 5 2 1 1 1 1    
7 Israel ISR 5 4 3 1 1      
8 Argentina ARG 4 1            
9 Armenia ARM 4 2 1          
10 Germany GER 4 2            
11 Uzbekistan UZB 4 1 1          
12 Bulgaria BUL 3 3 3 1        
13 Cuba CUB 3 1            
14 England ENG 3 1 1 1        
15 Hungary HUN 3 3            
16 Poland POL 3 1            
  Other   37 19 7 4 1      
  All   128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1

I was not very successful with the prediction on the future results in my previous article "The forecast of the results of the World Championship 2001-2002". However I named Ruslan Ponomariov as the finalist in one Variation of the Final.

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