FIDE WCC R7-1: The finals start with a draw

by ChessBase
7/7/2004 – With US $170,000 at stake ($100,000 for the winner) the FIDE world championship went into its final stage on Tuesday, with an uneventful draw between second seed Michael Adams, 32, Elo 2731, and the "giant-killer" from Uzbekistan Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 24, Elo 2652. illustrated report...

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Results of Semifinals

FIDE World Championship finals
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2652
Adams, Michael ENG 2731


6 July Tuesday Final Match Game 1 14.30
7 July Wednesday Final Match Game 2 14.30
8 July Thursday Final Match Game 3 14.30
9 July Friday Rest Day
10 July Saturday Final Match Game 4 14.30
11 July Sunday Final Match Game 5 14.30
12 July Monday Final Match Game 6 14.30
13 July Tuesday Final Match Tie-breaks 12.30
13 July Tuesday Closing Ceremony 18.00

Note that local time in Tripoli is the same as in Central Europe. The start of the games is generally at 14:30h, which is GMT + 2 and translates to 13:30 London, 8:30 a.m. New York, 16:30 Moscow, 18:00 New Delhi, 20:30 Hong Kong, 21:30 Tokyo, 22:30 Melbourne, and 03:00 a.m. (on the next day) in the French Polynesia-Marquesas Islands of Taiohae.

Finals – Game one report

The finals of the FIDE world championship started on Tuesday with the first game (of six) between the qualifiers Michael Adams of England (Elo 2731, second seed) and Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan (Elo 2652, 27th seed). The winner takes US $100,000, the loser gets $70,000.

The two players are now alone on the luxuriously carpeted stage. They have two special rest rooms in the back to which they can retire during the games.

The spectators can follow the moves on a big projection screen

Michael Adams, 32 years old and England's top GM, went through to the finals without having to play a single tiebreak.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 24 years old, the top Uzbekistani player, is the giant-killer. After eliminating Ivanchuk, Grischuk and Topalov he is no longer considered an underdog. Kasimdzhanov went into tiebreak games four times, but always managed to decide the matches in the rapid games (i.e. no blitz games).

The first game of the finals started with Adams as white testing his opponent’s opening preparation in the Sicilian Paulsen. Kasimdzhanov equalised fairly easily, and on move 18 Adams offered a draw, which Kasimdzhanov accepted. Time on the clocks White: 54 min., Black: 46 min.

Previous reports

General information

The FIDE site, which is being hosted by Libya Telecom And Technology, contains the schedule, list of players, results tree, games, reports, pictures and videos. The start page is and

Live coverage

The live game transmission from Tripoli requires you to have Java Virtual Machine installed on your PC. This program is distributed free of charge by Sun Microsystems (and is useful for many other applications). Visit the Java check page to see if you have everything required for the live coverage and install Java if you don't. To follow the games click on "Live coverage" in the link list above. Then click on the "View" button. The games will also be covered and discussed on the server.

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