FIDE WCCh: top seeds win through

by ChessBase
6/20/2004 – They expected 128 players, only 124 turned up, giving four players a comfortable bye in the first round. All the top seeds won their games, there were only two minor hiccups (Azmaiparashvili and Bologan lost). FIDE is offering comprehensive coverage, including video interviews. We bring you a report, games and pictures.

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Round one, game one

No big surprises at the top, with all the favourites winning their games comfortable – with the possible exception of Veselin Topalov, who arrived a couple of hours late due to airline problems. President Ilyumzhinov allowed this game to start late, given the exceptional circumstances. Topalov scored a full point, as did Adams, Grischuk, Ivanchuk and Short, the hottest contenders for the title.

The only true upsets were the loss by Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Elo 2679) to Morteza Mahjoob of Iran, rated 2478, and the defeat of Viktor Bologan (2665) by Mark Paragua of the Philippines (2529). Four players did not turn up and their opponents go through to the next round without a fight: 127th seed Abobker Elarbi, of Libya (Elo 2257) went through when second seed Alexander Morozevich (RUS, 2732) defaulted; India's IM Das Neelotpal got a bye against Milov; Johann Hjartarson automatically won match 35 against Sergey Kudrin (2557); and Vladislav Tkachiev got the bye in match 39 against Juri Shulman (2559).

Here are the results of the top 24 boards. Full results can be found on the FIDE site.

  White   Black
1  Topalov, Veselin (BUL) 1-0  Abulhul, Tarik (LBA)
3  Adams, Michael (ENG) 1-0  Asabri, Hussien (LBA)
4  Solomon, Kenneth (RSA) 0-1  Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
5  Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) 1-0  Arab, Adlane (ALG)
6  Kadhi, Hameed Mansour Ali (YEM) 0-1  Short, Nigel D. (ENG)
7  Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) 1-0  Haznedaroglu, Kivanc (TUR)
8  Dableo, Ronald (PHI) 1/2  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROM)
9  Sokolov, Ivan (NED) 1-0  Simutowe, Amon (ZAM)
10  Tissir, Mohamed (MAR) 0-1  Dreev, Alexey (RUS)
11  Akopian, Vladimir (ARM) 1-0  Gonzalez Garcia, Jose (MEX)
12  Garcia Palermo, Carlos (ARG) 1/2  Ye, Jiangchuan (CHN)
14  Mahjoob, Morteza (IRI) 1-0  Azmaiparashvili, Zurab (GEO)
15  Bacrot, Etienne (FRA) 1-0  Charbonneau, Pascal (CAN)
16  Johansen, Darryl K. (AUS) 1/2  Gurevich, Mikhail (BEL)
17  Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) 1/2  Adly, Ahmed (EGY)
18  Bartel, Mateusz (POL) 0-1  Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)
19  Aleksandrov, Aleksej (BLR) 1-0  El Gindy, Essam (EGY)
20  Barsov, Alexei (UZB) 1/2  Beliavsky, Alexander G (SLO)
21  Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP) 1/2  Vasquez, Rodrigo (CHI)
22  Paragua, Mark (PHI) 1-0  Bologan, Viktor (MDA)
23  Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS) 1/2  Mastrovasilis, Dimitrios (GRE)
24  Kritz, Leonid (GER) 1-0  Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND)

Round one pictures

The following pictures are from the event's picture gallery page and are brought to you be courtesy of FIDE (©

Nizar Elhaj, Eng. Mohammed Al Gadhafi, President of Libyan Olympic Committee, and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of FIDE await the start of round one and the 1st move of the championship, at the board Michael Adams (England) vs Hussien Asabri (Libya). Gadhafi and Ilyumzhinov ceremonially made the first move for Adams.

Also present legendary FIDE president Florencio Campomanes and and Werner Stubenvoll

GM Nigel Short in a pre-tournament interview


The FIDE site has extensive interviews conducted before the tournament with Nigel Short of England, Bulat Assanov (adviser to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on chess matters), IM Mohammed Tissir of Morocco, 15-year-old GM Alejandro Ramirez of Costa Rica, and Russian GM Vladimir Malakhov. The interviews include video clips in Real Media format (low and high quality) and for download in AVI. The latter are between four and 65 Megabyte in size. The interviews were conducted by Ali Nihat Yazici and Geoffrey D Borg.

General information

The FIDE site, which is being hosted by Libya Telecom And Technology, looks well equipped to handle live coverage of the event. The schedule, list of players, results tree and games are all in place, there are reports and picture galleries. The start page is and

Live coverage

The live game transmission from Tripoli, apparently of all games, 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. There is a "View" button behind each pairing of players. Many of the key games will also be covered and discussed on the server.


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.

World Chess Championship 2003-2004
18 June - 13 July 2004 – Schedule
Date Day Events Games Time
18 June Friday Opening Ceremony
Players' Meeting
19 June Saturday Round 1 Game 1 14.30
20 June Sunday Round 1 Game 2*
21 June Monday Round 2 Game 1 14.30
22 June Tuesday Round 2 Game 2*
23 June Wednesday Round 3 Game 1 14.30
24 June Thursday Round 3 Game 2* 14.30
25 June Friday Rest Day    
26 June Saturday Round 4 Game 1 14.30
27 June Sunday Round 4 Game 2* 14.30
28 June Monday Round 5 Game 1 14.30
29 June Tuesday Round 5 Game 2* 14.30
30 June Wednesday Rest day    
1 July Thursday Round 6 Game 1 14.30
2 July Friday Round 6 Game 2 14.30
3 July Saturday Round 6 Game 3 14.30
4 July Sunday Round 6 Game 4 14.30
5 July Monday Round 6 Tie-Breaks 14.30
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
* Tie-breaks at 20:30h

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