Not so many stars over Moscow

by ChessBase
5/28/2002 – With the FIDE Grand Prix starting on June 1st the highest-ranking participants are Kasparov and Ponomariov. Conspicuously missing are top GMs like Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and Leko. 21 of the 30 participants are from the former Russian Republics, two are from France, one from India and one from Iran. More

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Moscow Grand Prix – June 1 to 6, 2002

The FIDE Moscow Grand Prix takes place from June 1st to 6th, 2002. The top players are Garry Kasparov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Evgeny Dreev, Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Grischuk.

Of the 30 players only nine are not Russian speaking: Judit Polgar (Hungarian), Joel Lautier (French), Kiril Georgiev (Bulgarian), Etienne Bacrot (French), Pedrag Nikolic (Bosnia), Viktor Bologan (Moldavia), Krishnan Sasikiran (India), Yasser Seirawan (USA) and Ehsam Ghaem (IRI).

List of players

01. Kasparov, Garry RUS 2838
02. Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2743
03. Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2724
04. Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2711
05. Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2702
06. Khalifman, Alexander RUS 2698
07. Svidler, Peter RUS 2688
08. Smirin, Ilya ISR 2685
09. Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2678
10. Dreev, Alexey RUS 2677
11. Polgar, Judit HUN 2677
12. Azmaiparashvili, Zurab GEO 2676
13. Lautier, Joel FRA 2675
14. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2674
15. Vaganian, Rafael A. ARM 2664
16. Beliavsky, Alexander SLO 2661
17. Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2660
18. Rublevsky, Sergey RUS 2657
19. Georgiev, Kiril MKD 2654
20. Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2653
21. Nikolic, Predrag BIH 2653
22. Bologan, Victor MDA 2652
23. Gurevich, Mikhail BEL 2641
24. Onischuk, Alexander USA 2641
25. Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2633
26. Seirawan, Yasser USA 2631
27. Motylev, Alexander RUS 2622
28. Radjabov, Tejmour AZE 2610
29. Ehlvest, Jaan EST 2588
30. Ghaem, Ehsam Maghami IRI 2519

The following top players will not participate: Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Veselin Topalov, Peter Leko, Alexander Morozevich, Alexei Shirov, Boris Gelfand, Anatoly Karpov.

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