FIDE World Chess Championship 1999

The FIDE World Chess Championship 1999 was held at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip between 31 July and 28 August 1999.[1] The championship was won by Russian Alexander Khalifman, making him the FIDE World Chess Champion.

World Chess Championship 1999
Alexander khalifman.jpg
Tournament information
SportChess
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Dates31 July 1999–28 August 1999
Administrator(s)FIDE
Tournament
format(s)
Single-elimination tournament
Host(s)United States Chess Federation
Venue(s)Caesars Palace
Participants100
Final positions
ChampionRussia Alexander Khalifman
Runner-upArmenia Vladimir Akopian
Tournament statistics
Matches played99

FormatEdit

The format was a knockout tournament of short matches. This was similar in style to that used at the FIDE World Chess Championship 1998, and had the same advantages and disadvantages - see FIDE World Chess Championship 1998#Controversies.

A change from the 1998 championship was that incumbent champion (Anatoly Karpov) had no special privileges, other than that he (like a number of leading players) was seeded into the second round. In protest at this, Karpov refused to play.[2]

Controversy and non-participantsEdit

In addition to Karpov, neither Garry Kasparov nor Viswanathan Anand took part. Kasparov, holder of a rival world championship title, refused to play in any of the FIDE knockout championships, and Anand was negotiating to play a match against Kasparov for his title.[3] (This match never took place - see Classical World Chess Championship 2000).

Only three players in the top fifteen reached the quarterfinals and by the semifinals most of the favourites had been eliminated. Kasparov called three of the quarterfinalists "tourists", perhaps intending only to reflect the surprising results of the earlier rounds, but the remark raised some controversy.[4]

Winner Khalifman was rated 44th in the world at the time,[5] which some compared unfavourably to PCA champion Kasparov being ranked No. 1. Khalifman said after the tournament, "Rating system works perfectly for players who play only in round robin closed events. I think most of them are overrated. Organizers invite same people over and over because they have the same rating and their rating stays high."[6] Perhaps in response, Khalifman was invited to the next Linares chess tournament, and performed creditably (though placing below joint winner Kasparov).[7]

ParticipantsEdit

  1.   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS), 2751
  2.   Alexei Shirov (ESP), 2726
  3.   Alexander Morozevich1 (RUS), 2723
  4.   Gata Kamsky (USA), 2720
  5.   Michael Adams (ENG), 2716
  6.   Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR), 2714
  7.   Peter Svidler (RUS), 2713
  8.   Anatoly Karpov1 (RUS), 2710
  9.   Veselin Topalov (BUL), 2700
  10.   Nigel Short (ENG), 2697
  11.   Peter Leko (HUN), 2694
  12.   Boris Gelfand (ISR), 2691
  13.   Sergei Rublevsky (RUS), 2684
  14.   Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO), 2681
  15.   Evgeny Bareev (RUS), 2679
  16.   Judit Polgár (HUN), 2677
  17.   Viktor Korchnoi (SUI), 2673
  18.   Valery Salov (RUS), 2670
  19.   Jan Timman (NED), 2670
  20.   Matthew Sadler (ENG), 2667
  21.   Zoltán Almási (HUN), 2665
  22.   Sergei Shipov (RUS), 2662
  23.   Kiril Georgiev (BUL), 2659
  24.   Vadim Zvjaginsev (RUS), 2658
  25.   Ilia Smirin (ISR), 2652
  26.   Alexander Beliavsky (SLO), 2650
  27.   Sergei Movsesian (CZE), 2650
  28.   Konstantin Sakaev (RUS), 2649
  29.   Alexei Fedorov (BLR), 2648
  30.   Michael Krasenkow (POL), 2643
  31.   Vladimir Akopian (ARM), 2640
  32.   Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA), 2634
  33.   Sergei Tiviakov (RUS), 2627
  34.   Ivan Sokolov (BIH), 2624
  35.   Boris Gulko (USA), 2620
  36.   Alexander Khalifman (RUS), 2616
  37.   Nick DeFirmian (USA), 2610
  38.   Matthias Wahls (GER), 2609
  39.   Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR), 2609
  40.   Tony Miles (ENG), 2609
  41.   Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR), 2609
  42.   Utut Adianto (INA), 2607
  43.   Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB), 2606
  44.   Jonathan Speelman (ENG), 2601
  45.   Alex Yermolinsky (USA), 2597
  46.   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM), 2594
  47.   Jaan Ehlvest (EST), 2593
  48.   Joel Benjamin (USA), 2593
  49.   Sergey Dolmatov (RUS), 2589
  50.   Gilberto Milos (BRA), 2586
  51.   Eduardas Rozentalis (LTU), 2577
  52.   Karen Asrian (ARM), 2576
  53.   Peng Xiaomin (CHN), 2574
  54.   Hannes Stefansson (ISL), 2569
  55.   Vlastimil Babula (CZE), 2565
  56.   Zsuzsa Polgar1 (HUN), 2565
  57.   Lev Psakhis (ISR), 2564
  58.   Hichem Hamdouchi (MAR), 2564
  59.   Goran Dizdar (CRO), 2563
  60.   Dragoljub Velimirovic1 (YUG), 2563
  61.   Vasilios Kotronias (CYP), 2561
  62.   Rafael Leitão (BRA), 2559
  63.   Rogelio Antonio Jr. (PHI), 2558
  64.   Jordi Magem Badals (ESP), 2557
  65.   Robert Zelcic (CRO), 2554
  66.   Bartłomiej Macieja (POL), 2553
  67.   Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO), 2551
  68.   Alejandro Sergio Hoffman (ARG), 2547
  69.   Dmitry Gurevich (USA), 2545
  70.   Sergey Kudrin (USA), 2543
  71.   Dimitri Reinderman (NED), 2541
  72.   Dibyendu Barua (IND), 2538
  73.   Mikhail Kobalia (RUS), 2537
  74.   Altin Cela (ALB), 2536
  75.   Julio Becerra Rivero (CUB), 2535
  76.   Ralf Åkesson (SWE), 2530
  77.   Mohamad Al-Modiahki (QAT), 2530
  78.   Daniel Fridman (LAT), 2529
  79.   Christian Bauer (FRA), 2528
  80.   Pablo Ricardi (ARG), 2527
  81.   Kevin Spraggett (CAN), 2523
  82.   Stefan Djuric (YUG), 2517
  83.   Friso Nijboer (NED), 2515
  84.   Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN), 2515
  85.   Pavel Kotsur (KAZ), 2511
  86.   Alexander Ivanov (USA), 2505
  87.   Levon Aronian (ARM), 2502
  88.   Andrés Rodríguez (URU), 2500
  89.   Darmen Sadvakasov (KAZ), 2487
  90.   Alexander Zubarev (UKR), 2478
  91.   Tal Shaked (USA), 2477
  92.   Esam Mohamed Ahmed Nagib (EGY), 2458
  93.   Alonso Zapata (COL), 2454
  94.   Imad Hakki2 (SYR), 2423
  95.   Liang Chong (CHN), 2400
  96.   Watu Kobese (RSA), 2389
  97.   Slim Bouaziz (TUN), 2387
  98.   Amir Bagheri2 (IRI), 2368
  99.   Alexander Kozak (RUS), 2330
  100.   Vladimir Feldman (AUS), 2330

1 Morozevich, Karpov, Z. Polgar, and Velimirovic had to be replaced with the following players:

2 Hakki and Bagheri did not appear due to the visa problems.

Results, rounds 1–4Edit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
1   Vladimir Kramnik
33   Sergei Tiviakov ½
33   Sergei Tiviakov
69   Dmitry Gurevich
1   Vladimir Kramnik
17   Viktor Korchnoi ½
17   Viktor Korchnoi 4
49   Sergey Dolmatov 2
49   Sergey Dolmatov
85   Pavel Kotsur
1   Vladimir Kramnik 3
9   Veselin Topalov 1
9   Veselin Topalov 4
41   Ruslan Ponomariov 2
41   Ruslan Ponomariov
77   Mohamad Al-Modiahki ½
9   Veselin Topalov
57   Lev Psakhis ½
25   Ilia Smirin
57   Lev Psakhis
57   Lev Psakhis
93   Alonso Zapata

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
5   Michael Adams 2
73   Mikhail Kobalia 0
37   Nick DeFirmian ½
73   Mikhail Kobalia
5   Michael Adams
21   Zoltán Almási ½
21   Zoltán Almási 3
53   Peng Xiaomin 1
53   Peng Xiaomin
89   Darmen Sadvakasov ½
5   Michael Adams 4
  Alexey Dreev 2
13   Sergei Rublevsky 3
45   Alex Yermolinsky 1
45   Alex Yermolinsky
81   Kevin Spraggett
13   Sergei Rublevsky ½
  Alexey Dreev
65   Robert Zelcic
  Alexey Dreev
  Alexey Dreev
61   Vasilios Kotronias ½
61   Vasilios Kotronias
97   Slim Bouaziz ½

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
29   Alexei Fedorov
35   Boris Gulko ½
35   Boris Gulko
71   Dimitri Reinderman ½
29   Alexei Fedorov
19   Jan Timman ½
19   Jan Timman
87   Levon Aronian ½
51   Eduardas Rozentalis 0
87   Levon Aronian 2
29   Alexei Fedorov
27   Sergei Movsesian
11   Peter Leko
79   Christian Bauer ½
43   Rustam Kasimdzhanov ½
79   Christian Bauer
11   Peter Leko
27   Sergei Movsesian
27   Sergei Movsesian 2
59   Goran Dizdar 0
59   Goran Dizdar
95   Liang Chong ½

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
7   Peter Svidler
39   Aleksej Aleksandrov ½
39   Aleksej Aleksandrov 2
75   Julio Becerra Rivero 0
7   Peter Svidler ½
23   Kiril Georgiev
23   Kiril Georgiev 2
91   Tal Shaked 0
55   Vlastimil Babula
91   Tal Shaked
23   Kiril Georgiev ½
31   Vladimir Akopian
15   Evgeny Bareev
47   Jaan Ehlvest ½
47   Jaan Ehlvest
83   Friso Nijboer ½
15   Evgeny Bareev
31   Vladimir Akopian
31   Vladimir Akopian
67   Maia Chiburdanidze ½
31   Vladimir Akopian
63   Rogelio Antonio Jr.
63   Rogelio Antonio Jr. 2
99   Alexander Kozak 0

Section 5Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
2   Alexei Shirov
34   Ivan Sokolov
34   Ivan Sokolov
70   Sergey Kudrin ½
2   Alexei Shirov 3
50   Gilberto Milos 1
18   Valery Salov 0
50   Gilberto Milos 2
50   Gilberto Milos
86   Alexander Ivanov ½
2   Alexei Shirov
10   Nigel Short ½
10   Nigel Short
78   Daniel Fridman ½
42   Utut Adianto 0
78   Daniel Fridman 2
10   Nigel Short
26   Alexander Beliavsky ½
26   Alexander Beliavsky
58   Hichem Hamdouchi ½
58   Hichem Hamdouchi w/o
94   Imad Hakki

Section 6Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
6   Vassily Ivanchuk 2
38   Matthias Wahls 0
38   Matthias Wahls
74   Altin Cela ½
6   Vassily Ivanchuk 2
22   Sergei Shipov 0
22   Sergei Shipov
54   Hannes Stefansson
54   Hannes Stefansson
90   Alexander Zubarev
6   Vassily Ivanchuk
46   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
14   Zurab Azmaiparashvili
46   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
46   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2
82   Stefan Djuric 0
46   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
62   Rafael Leitão
66   Bartłomiej Macieja
  Vadim Milov
66   Bartłomiej Macieja ½
62   Rafael Leitão
62   Rafael Leitão w/o
98   Amir Bagheri

Section 7Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
4   Gata Kamsky
36   Alexander Khalifman
36   Alexander Khalifman
72   Dibyendu Barua
36   Alexander Khalifman
52   Karen Asrian ½
20   Matthew Sadler ½
52   Karen Asrian
52   Karen Asrian
88   Andrés Rodríguez
36   Alexander Khalifman
12   Boris Gelfand
12   Boris Gelfand
44   Jon Speelman ½
44   Jon Speelman
80   Pablo Ricardi ½
12   Boris Gelfand 4
  Joël Lautier 2
28   Konstantin Sakaev
  Joël Lautier
96   Watu Kobese 0
  Joël Lautier 2

Section 8Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
30   Michael Krasenkow
40   Tony Miles
40   Tony Miles
76   Ralf Åkesson
30   Michael Krasenkow ½
24   Vadim Zvjaginsev
24   Vadim Zvjaginsev
  Ulf Andersson
92   Esam Mohamed Ahmed Nagib 0
  Ulf Andersson 2
24   Vadim Zvjaginsev 1
16   Judit Polgár 3
16   Judit Polgár
84   Peter Heine Nielsen ½
48   Joel Benjamin 3
84   Peter Heine Nielsen 4
16   Judit Polgár
64   Jordi Magem Badals ½
32   Vladislav Tkachiev 2
68   Alejandro Sergio Hoffman 0
32   Vladislav Tkachiev 1
64   Jordi Magem Badals 3
64   Jordi Magem Badals 2
100   Vladimir Feldman 0

Results, rounds 5–7Edit

Quarterfinals Semifinals (best of 4) Final (best of 6)
         
1   Vladimir Kramnik 2
5   Michael Adams 4
5   Michael Adams ½
31   Vladimir Akopian
27   Sergei Movsesian
31   Vladimir Akopian
31   Vladimir Akopian
36   Alexander Khalifman
2   Alexei Shirov ½
46   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
46   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
36   Alexander Khalifman
36   Alexander Khalifman
16   Judit Polgár ½

Championship finalEdit

FIDE World Chess Championship Final 1999
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points
  Vladimir Akopian (Armenia) 2640 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½
  Alexander Khalifman (Russia) 2616 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ David Clayton (25 August 1999). "Two battle for chess crown at Caesars as the grand game makes a move — toward a new image". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ The Week in Chess 247, 2 August 1999
  3. ^ Opening Ceremony for Wijk aan Zee, The Week in Chess, Special Report, 14-Jan-2000
  4. ^ The Week in Chess 249 - 16 August 1999
  5. ^ The Week in Chess 243 - 5 July 1999
  6. ^ Press Conference with FIDE Champion Alexander Khalifman Archived 7 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, 28 August 1999, Chess Scotland
  7. ^ The Week in Chess 279 - 13 March 2000

External linksEdit