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9/10/2002 – They have all been world champions, they are all playing for Russia against the Rest of the World. But their performance are all well under par. Karpov and Khalifman have played 40 and 92 points below their expected scores, Kramnik is struggling at minus 161 and Garry Kasparov lost to Ivanchuk, Judit Polgar and Vladimir Akopian (in 25 moves!) to chalk up an incredible minus 242. Results and games are available here.
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Russia vs the Rest of the World

Moscow, September 8 to 12, 2002

All four have held world championship titles – two for over a decade each, two more briefly. Kasparov and Kramnik have been numbers one and two for a long time on the world rating lists. But in the third edition of the traditional match Russia vs the Rest of the World these great players were doing anything but bringing glory on their country.

  • Anatoly Karpov: although he did sensationally well in this year's Eurotel World Chess Trophy in Prague, Moscow has been a different matter for the legendary world champion of the seventies. Karpov has scored three out of seven, losing twice (to Smirin and Radjabov), winning one (against Leko) and drawing the rest. His performance: –40.

  • Alexander Khalifman: the winner of the FIDE world champion of 1999 in Las Vegas has scored 2.5 out of 7, with losses to Ponomariov and Gelfand. Performance: –92

  • Vladimir Kramnik: the reigning classical chess world champion has 3.0 out of seven, having lost to Shirov and Smirin. Due to his high rating of 2807 his performance works out to –161.

  • Garry Kasparov: the record world champion (1985–2000) and strongest player on the planet lost games to Vassily Ivanchuk, Judit Polgar and Vladimir Akopian, to whom he lost in 25 moves. Kasparov one one game (against Shirov) and so far has shown a rating performance of an incredible minus 242.

After eight of ten rounds The World leads with three extra points, leaving Russia with a daunting task. With their opponents in such great form it will require a miracle for them to catch up in the two rounds that are left.


The World

All games so far in PGN

Round 8
Anand, Viswanathan (IND) - Bareev, Evgeny (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Zvjaginsev, Vadim (RUS) - Polgar, Judit (GM) (HUN): 1/2-1/2
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Svidler, Peter (RUS) - Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR): 1/2-1/2
Akopian, Vladimir (ARM) - Kasparov, Garry (RUS): 1-0
Shirov, Alexei (ESP) - Karpov, Anatoly (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) - Leko, Peter (HUN): 1/2-1/2
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) - Morozevich, Alexander (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Dreev, Alexey (RUS) - Azmaiparashvili, Zurab (GEO): 1/2-1/2
Gelfand, Boris (ISR) - Khalifman, Alexander (RUS): 1-0

Round 7
Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) - Anand, Viswanathan (IND): 1/2-1/2
Short, Nigel D. (ENG) - Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Karpov, Anatoly (RUS) - Gelfand, Boris (ISR): 1/2-1/2
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) - Grischuk, Alexander (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Kasparov, Garry (RUS) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE): 1/2-1/2
Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) - Smirin, Ilia (ISR): 0-1
Polgar, Judit (GM) (HUN) - Dreev, Alexey (RUS): 0-1
Bareev, Evgeny (RUS) - Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR): 1/2-1/2
Leko, Peter (HUN) - Svidler, Peter (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Khalifman, Alexander (RUS) - Shirov, Alexei (ESP):

Round 6
Shirov, Alexei (ESP) - Motylev, Alexander (RUS): 1-0
Khalifman, Alexander (RUS) - Leko, Peter (HUN): 1/2-1/2
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Morozevich, Alexander (RUS): 0-1
Kasparov, Garry (RUS) - Short, Nigel D. (ENG): 1/2-1/2
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) - Svidler, Peter (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Azmaiparashvili, Zurab (GEO) - Grischuk, Alexander (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) - Polgar, Judit (GM) (HUN): 1/2-1/2
Smirin, Ilia (ISR) - Bareev, Evgeny (RUS): 0-1
Karpov, Anatoly (RUS) - Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR): 1/2-1/2
Gelfand, Boris (ISR) - Dreev, Alexey (RUS):

Round 5
Motylev, Alexander (RUS) - Gelfand, Boris (ISR): 0-1
Leko, Peter (HUN) - Karpov, Anatoly (RUS): 0-1
Svidler, Peter (RUS) - Anand, Viswanathan (IND): 1-0
Polgar, Judit (GM) (HUN) - Kasparov, Garry (RUS): 1-0
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) - Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR): 1/2-1/2
Dreev, Alexey (RUS) - Shirov, Alexei (ESP): 1/2-1/2
Akopian, Vladimir (ARM) - Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS): 0-1
Bareev, Evgeny (RUS) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE): 0-1
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) - Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS): 1-0
Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) - Smirin, Ilia (ISR):

Round 4
Svidler, Peter (RUS) - Smirin, Ilia (ISR): 1/2-1/2
Azmaiparashvili, Zurab (GEO) - Bareev, Evgeny (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Karpov, Anatoly (RUS) - Anand, Viswanathan (IND): 1/2-1/2
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) - Dreev, Alexey (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Kasparov, Garry (RUS) - Shirov, Alexei (ESP):1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) - Gelfand, Boris (ISR): 1/2-1/2
Leko, Peter (HUN) - Motylev, Alexander (RUS): 1-0
Khalifman, Alexander (RUS) - Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR): 0-1
Short, Nigel D. (ENG) - Morozevich, Alexander (RUS): 0-1
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE):

Round 3
Smirin, Ilia (ISR) - Grischuk, Alexander (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) - Akopian, Vladimir (ARM): 1-0
Anand, Viswanathan (IND) - Khalifman, Alexander (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Motylev, Alexander (RUS) - Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR): 1/2-1/2
Gelfand, Boris (ISR) - Kasparov, Garry (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Shirov, Alexei (ESP) - Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS): 1-0
Dreev, Alexey (RUS) - Leko, Peter (HUN): 1/2-1/2
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) - Zvjaginsev, Vadim (RUS): 1-0
Bareev, Evgeny (RUS) - Short, Nigel D. (ENG): 1-0
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Svidler, Peter (RUS):

Round 2
Gelfand, Boris (ISR) - Bareev, Evgeny (RUS): 0-1
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) - Short, Nigel D. (ENG): 1/2-1/2
Anand, Viswanathan (IND) - Zvjaginsev, Vadim (RUS): 1-0
Kasparov, Garry (RUS) - Leko, Peter (HUN): 1/2-1/2
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - Karpov, Anatoly (RUS): 1-0
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) - Motylev, Alexander (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) - Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR): 1/2-1/2
Smirin, Ilia (ISR) - Khalifman, Alexander (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) - Polgar, Judit (GM) (HUN): 1-0
Shirov, Alexei (ESP) - Morozevich, Alexander (RUS): 1-0

Round 1
Bareev, Evgeny (RUS) - Shirov, Alexei (ESP): 1/2-1/2
Short, Nigel D. (ENG)- Svidler, Peter (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Motylev, Alexander (RUS) - Anand, Viswanathan (IND): 0-1
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) - Kasparov, Garry (RUS): 1-0
Karpov, Anatoly (RUS) - Smirin, Ilia (ISR): 0-1
Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) - Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR): 1/2-1/2
Leko, Peter (HUN) - Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS): 1/2-1/2
Khalifman, Alexander (RUS) - Radjabov, Teimour (AZE): 1/2-1/2
Polgar, Judit (GM) (HUN) - Grischuk, Alexander (RUS): 0-1
Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) - Gelfand, Boris (ISR): 1/2-1/2

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