FIDE World Chess Championship 2002


The FIDE World Chess Championship 2002 in Moscow featured a knockout format for 128 participants, held from November 27, 2001, to January 23, 2002. Notable absences included Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov, but top players like Viswanathan Anand participated. The final pitted 18-year-old Ruslan Ponomariov against 32-year-old Vasyl Ivanchuk, both from Ukraine, with Ponomariov becoming the youngest FIDE World Champion. Kasparov criticized the tournament’s faster time control, impacting game quality in the knockout format, eliminating players in short matches over seven rounds. Playing conditions included two-game matches in the initial rounds, tiebreaks, best-of-four semifinals, and a best-of-eight final.

He defeated the following players in ascending order:

  1. Li Wenliang
  2. Sergei Tiviakov
  3. Kiril Georgiev
  4. Alexander Morozevich
  5. Evgeny Bareev
  6. Peter Svidler
  7. Vasyl Ivanchuk

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World Chess Championship 2002
FIDE World Chess Champion 2002 Ruslan Ponomariov

FIDE World Chess Championship 2002

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