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FIDE World Chess Championship 2004 Knock-Out

by Boris Schipkov

The World Chess Championship 2004 took place in Tripoli (Libya) from 18 June 2004 to 13 July 2004.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov is the new FIDE World Chess Champion.
Final: Adams - Kasimdzhanov 3.5-4.5 (1/2, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0, 1/2; 0-1, 1/2).
Final Tie-breaks (July 13)
Adams - Kasimdzhanov 0-1 (Michael won the exchange, but then played badly and lost); 1/2 (Rustam had some edge).
Game 6 (July 12) Kasimdzhanov - Adams 1/2. Rustam grabbed a pawn and had a clear edge, but then made a mistake and Michael could have won with 42...Qe4. Perpetual check.
Game 5 (July 11) Adams - Kasimdzhanov 1-0. White obtained a huge advantage with the break 29.e5.
Game 4 (July 10) Kasimdzhanov - Adams 1-0. Michael hazardously sacrificed the exchange in the endgame.
Game 3 (July 8) Adams - Kasimdzhanov 1-0. White had a slight advantage in the Sicilian, then he grabbed a pawn.
Game 2 (July 7) Kasimdzhanov - Adams 1-0. White obtained a small edge in the Russian.
Game 1 (July 6) Adams, Michael - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 1/2. A quick draw.
World Chess Championship 2004, Final: Adams vs Kasimdzhanov: Games
Final, Games (8, pgn)

Semifinals Tie Breaks (July 5)
Topalov - Kasimdzhanov 0-1, 0-1.
Semifinals. Game 4 (July 4)
Topalov, Veselin (BUL) - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) 1/2. White had an advantage.
Adams, Michael (ENG) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 1/2. The chances were even.
Semifinals. Game 3 (July 3)
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) - Topalov, Veselin (BUL) 1/2. A very long game. White had some edge in the ending.
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Adams, Michael (ENG) 1/2. White had the initiative. Better was 26.Rf7.
Semifinals. Game 2 (July 2)
Topalov, Veselin (BUL) - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) 1/2. Black levelled in the Sicilian.
Adams, Michael (ENG) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 1/2. A quick draw.
Semifinals. Game 1 (July 1)
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) - Topalov, Veselin (BUL) 1/2. Black equalized in the Queen's Gambit Accepted.
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Adams, Michael (ENG) 0-1. Michael grabbed a pawn.
Semifinals, Games (10, pgn)

Round 5 Results (June 28-29)
Grischuk could not realize a clear edge in game 4 and lost. Radjabov easily made the decisive draw with Black in 7th game (the sudden death game - White has 6 minutes, Black - 5, but White must win).
Round 4 Results (June 26-27)
Dominguez won the exchange in game 4 and beat Dreev. Grischuk grabbed a rook with the fork in 5th game against Beliavsky. Radjabov beat Smirnov quickly in the Novosibirsk Sicilian in game 6.
Round 3 Results (June 23-24)
Kasimdzhanov grabbed a pawn in game 4 and beat Ivanchuk. Rublevsky had an extra rook in 2nd game against Kozul, but played badly and lost. Zvjaginsev had a bad bishop against Krasenkow. Dominguez beat Tkachiev quickly.
Round 2 Results (June 21-22)

Round 1 Results (June 19-20)

Games (379, zipped pgn)

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