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June 2002

June started with the rapidplay FIDE Grand Prix - Moscow, Russia (official website) and the first appearance by former PCA World Champion Kasparov (RUS) in an official FIDE event for some time. As expected Kasparov won the event beating the young Radjabov (AZE) in the final; while Khalifman (RUS) came in third after beating Beliavsky (SLO). For reporting see the BCM website which also supplies a PGN file.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina Team Championship (official website) boasted some top players including Adams (ENG), Shirov (ESP), Movsesian (CZE), Nikolic (BIH) and Sokolov (BIH). The winning team was SK Bosna, Sarejevo which included Adams and Shirov; followed by SK Kiseljak, Kiseljak and SK Napredak, Sarejevo. PGN file from NetChessNews.

The 3rd European Womens Championship - Varna, Bulgaria (official website) took place where 12 qualifying places were available for the FIDE World Championship. The European women's champion is now Stefanova (BUL) 9/11 followed by: Mkrtchian (ARM), Galliamova (RUS), Peng Zhaoqin (NED), Peptan (ROM), Kovalevskaya (RUS), Zhukova (UKR), Matveeva (RUS), Sedina (ITA), Khurtsidze (GEO), Bojkovic (YUG) and Jackova (CZE). For reporting see the BCM website where PGN files for each Round are available.

The Sigeman Chess Tournament - Malmö, Sweden (official website) was won by Short (ENG) 6/9 which also included Timman (NED) and Heine-Nielsen (DEN), while Johannessen (NOR) made his third GM norm with the PGN file from TWIC. For some pictures visit Chessgate.

The Hungarian Championship (official website) was won by Ruck (HUN) 4-2 in the final against Acs (HUN) with a report by TWIC.

In addition, there was the 3rd European Individual Championship - Batumi, Georgia (official website) with top seeds Sutovsky (ISR) and Aleksandrov (BLR). The winner was the young rising star from Poland, Macieja (POL) 9½/13, see the BCM website for a report. PGN file from TWIC.

Another Advanced Chess - Leon, Spain match took place between Einstein World Champion Kramnik (RUS) and former FIDE World Champion Anand (IND) (official website) with Kramnik winning 3½-2½. Reporting from Chessbase: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The Dutch Championship (official website) had a strong selection of players including: Van Wely (NED), Tiviakov (NED) and Van Den Doel (NED). PGN file from TWIC. In the end Van Wely 7/9 beat Tiviakov in a play-off with PGN file from TWIC.

June Websites and Sources

TWIC BCM Chessgate
NetChessNews Chess Today Chessbase

July 2002

Dortmund Chess Meeting (official website) is the official candidates tournament to find the challenger for Einstein World Champion Kramnik (RUS) and includes: Adams (ENG), Topalov (BUL), Morozevich (RUS), Gelfand (ISR), Shirov (ESP), Leko (HUN), Bareev (RUS) and Lutz (GER).
See the BCM website for reports and PGN file, while Russian Chess gives analysis of games: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5 and Round 6; also the Semi-Final: 1st Day, 2nd Day, 3rd Day and 4th Day.
The winner and challenger was Leko who beat Topolov 2½-1½ in the Final; a different Leko from recent times showing the huge potential he had as a youngster. Reports on the Final from Russian Chess: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3 and Game 4. Some photos can be found at TWIC.

Swedish Championship (official website) with Hector (SWE), Hillarp Persson (SWE) and Brynell (SWE) taking part. Hector continued his recent good by winning outright with 10/13. PGN file from TWIC.

Slovak Championship (official website) with Sutovsky (ISR), Movsesian (SVK)and Khenkin (GER) taking part, where Movsesian is playing under the Slovak flag for the first time. Sutovsky 8½/11 won which confirms his recent continuing improvement, while the first four palces were taken by foreigners. Movsesian and Ftacnik were tied for the Slovakian title but Movsesian won the play-off 1½-½ to become the champion at the first attempt. PGN file from TWIC.

The North Sea Cup (official website) with an interesting selection of players including: Tiviakov (NED), Bruzon (CUB) and Galliamova (RUS). In the end it was a tie for first place between Bruzon and Dominguez (CUB) 6/9. PGN file from TWIC.

The 30th World Open - Philadelphia, USA (official website) took place where you can find photos of some of the top players and play through games. There was a nine way tie between: Smirin (ISR), Onischuk (USA), Yusupov (GER), Ehlvest (EST), Wojtkiewicz (POL), Finegold (USA), Rowson (SCO), Akobian (USA) and Miton (POL) 7/9.

Norwegian Championship (official website) with Johannessen (NOR) and Agdestein (NOR). The winner was the likeable Agdestein 7/9.

Another US vs China Summit Match (official website) took place with Goldin, Seirawan, Gulko, Krush part of the US team, while China have Ye Jiangchuan, Xu Jun, Xie Jun and Zhu Chen within their squad. In the end the US were overtaken by the narrowest of margins giving China victory 20½-19½. PGN file from TWIC.

The 109th Scottish Championship (official website) took place in Stirling with a fairly easy win for the first scotish GM Motwani 7½/9 with a full report at the BCM website and PGN file.

The Irish Championship (website) took place with young Collins 7/9 holding on to win outright.

Also in Swedish at Per-Åke Lindblom's Schackportalen Website.

July Websites and Sources

BCM Russian Chess Chess Today
TWIC Chessgate

August 2002

The major event in August was the Chess Classic Mainz, Germany (official website) which included a match between the current FIDE World Champion Ponomariov (UKR) and former FIDE World Champion Anand (IND) where it proved to be a close victory for Anand by 4½-3½. In the 'Duel of the Graces' it was likewise close with Kosteniuk (RUS) beating Paehtz (GER) 2-1 on tie-break after 4-4. PGN file from TWIC.

The 35th Biel International, Switzerland (official website) finished in August, which had Smirin (ISR), Dreev (RUS), Vallejo Pons (ESP), Tkachiev (FRA), Korchnoi (SUI) and Pelletier (SUI) taking part. Smirin was the winner with 6/10 with a PGN file from TWIC.

The British Championship (official website) proved a great success for Indians with Ramesh (IND) the clear winner on 8½/11. Reports from TWIC: Rd1, Rd2, Rd3, Rd4, Rd5, Rd6, Rd7, Rd8, Rd9, Rd10 and Rd11. PGN file from BCM.

A strong French Championship (official website) took place with Bacrot (FRA), Lautier (FRA), Dorfman (FRA) and Fressinet (FRA) taking part. Bacrot won for the fourth time with 7½/11 after beating Lautier 1½-½ in aplay-off. See Chessbase for reports on the Men's and Women's Championship's. PGN file from TWIC.

The Icelandic Championship (official website) was easily won by Stefansson (ISL) 9/11 with only Gretarsson (ISL) anywhere near him. PGN file from TWIC.

An interesting and now historical tournament took place in Sudak, Ukraine where Karjakin (UKR) achieved his final GM-norm at the age of twelve (sic) with Malinin (RUS) 11/13 winning. The PGN games supplied by Ukraine Chess Online.

Also in Swedish at Per-Åke Lindblom's Schackportalen Website.

August Websites and Sources

BCM TWIC Chess Today
Chessbase Ukraine Chess Online Chessville

September 2002

The Match of the New Century - Russia vs Rest of the World, Moscow, Russia (official website) was a fascinating rapidplay battle with the Rest of the World beating Russia 52-48 over 10 Rounds. This was a definite upset when one considers that Kasparov, Kramnik and Karpov were all playing for Russia. There is a very interesting inside Captain's view from Seirawan (USA) at the ChessCafe (NB this is a pdf file and requires Adobe® Acrobat® Reader). For Round by Round reports and analysis see the TWIC: Round 1-2, Round 3-5 and Round 6-8 which also supplies the PGN fileand an overall report. Chessbase supplies a list of news links.

The 55th Russian Championship (official website) was won by Lastin (RUS) 6½/9 with results and tables from Russian Chess, as well as a PGN file.

There were two international matches between Germany vs Greece, Fuerth , Germany (official website) and Germany vs Switzerland, Zurich , Switzerland & Berlin, Germany. Germany beat Greece 21½-14½ quite comfortably with a report from TWIC but lost 3-5 to Switzerland over two Rounds in Zurich and Berlin.

The Estonian Championship (official website) was won by Kulaots (EST) 6/9 with the official website providing the PGN file.

A strong tournament Imre Konig (official website) was won by the lowest rated player Akobian (USA) 5½/9 ahead of several GMs including Baburin (IRL), Atalik (BIH) and De Firmian (USA) who were joint second on 5/9. Reports can be found at the official website as well as the PGN file of games.

The European Club Cup, Greece (official website) brought together some of the top players in the world including Adams (ENG), Shirov (ESP), Ivanchuk (UKR), Bareev (RUS), Grischuk (RUS), Svidler (RUS) and Polgar (HUN). The winning team was BOSNA Sarajevo 12/14 which included Adams, Shirov, Sokolov (NED), Movsesian (SVK), Radjabov (AZE), Kozul (CRO). PGN file from TWIC.

The German Bundesliga, the strongest chess league in the world, kicks off in October with some new top-players including: Anand (IND) and Svidler. There is a season preview from The Chess Oracle, as well as a fixture list and details of all teams and players.

Also in Swedish at Per-Åke Lindblom's Schackportalen Website.

September Websites and Sources

BCM TWIC Chess Today
Notzai Russian Chess Schach.com
  Chessville  

October 2002

The Monarch Assurance Isle of Man (official website) was won outright by Epishin (RUS) 7/9 the top seed with reports at the BCM where PGN files can be found.

The European Rapid and Blitz Championship, Crete (official website) was a big success for Movsesian (SVK) who came joint first with Banikas (GRE) in the Rapid and won the Blitz outright.

The Peruvian Championship (official website) was of interest with Zuniga (PER) coming out of retirement from his farm to win easily.

The 'Brains in Bahrain' - Kramnik vs Deep Fritz (official website) was contested resulting in a 4-4 draw after Kramnik took an early lead but against all the odds Deep Fritz came back to even things up. There was massive press and internet coverage (see Chessbase for an extensive list). For reports and analysis see those provided by TWIC: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, Game 6, Game 7 and Game 8. For a set of more detailed analysis for the first four games see Chessbase: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3 and Game 4. PGN file from TWIC.

The FIDE World Cup, Hyderabad, India (official website) gave the opportunity for Anand (IND) to retain his title despite a poor start by his standards, in the end beating Kasimdzhanov (UZB) in the Final. TWIC supplied the PGN files: Group Stage, Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final.

The Essent Tournament, Hoogeveen, Netherlands (official website) was a very interesting event with perhaps a new star for the future bursting onto the scene? The winner was Acs (HUN) who was invited as the World Junior Champion and won with a rating of 2810 leaving Polgar (HUN), Khalifman (RUS) and Van Wely (NED) behind. PGN file from TWIC.

The Spanish Championship (official website) saw Shirov (ESP) become the champion of his adopted country beating Vallejo Pons (ESP) in the Final. PGN file from TWIC.

The German Bundesliga (official website) , the strongest league in the world, started with reports from The Chess Oracle for Round 1 and Round 2. Last seasons champions, Luebeck, continued where they left off and lead after two Rounds. The games can be played through on-line at the official website: Round 1 and Round 2; or in PGN format: Round 1 and Round 2.

The Cap d'Agde, France saw Gelfand (ISR) beat a recently rejuvenated Karpov (RUS) in the Final. TWIC supplied the PGN files: Group Stage, Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final.

Also in Swedish at Per-Åke Lindblom's Schackportalen Website.

October Websites and Sources

BCM TWIC Chess Today
Notzai Chessville Schach.com

November 2002

The 35th FIDE Olympiad, Bled, Slovenia (official website) took place with hot favourites Russia winning the gold medal, followed by Hungary with the silver medal and Armenia bronze medalists. In the Women's Olympiad the winners were China, followed by Russia and then Poland. Reporting can be found at TWIC: R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 and BCM. TWIC supplied the PGN files for men and women.

The Corsica Open (official website) took place with Anand (IND) beating Karpov in the final, it was decided after a playoff following 1-1 in the first two games. The PGN file from TWIC.

The amazing Korchnoi (SWZ) won the Curacao Open (official website) tournament which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the famous candidates tournament in Curacao, 1962. The PGN file from TWIC.

A new tournament at Benidorm (official website) was won by Polgar (HUN) on tie-break from FIDE World Champion Ponomariov (UKR). The PGN file from TWIC.

The German Championship (official website) was won by Luther (GER) taking over from the early leader Naiditsch (GER) where the games can be found under 'Partien Download'.

The German Bundesliga (official website) , continued with reports from The Chess Oracle for Round 3 and Round 4. Last seasons champions, Luebeck, continue to lead closely followed by Porz. The games can be played through on-line at the official website: Round 3 and Round 4; or in PGN format: Round 3 and Round 4.

Another strong league, the UK 4NCL (official website), started off with Wood Green and Barbican 4NCL winning both their opening matches. See The Chess Oracle for reports on Round 1 and Round 2 with PGN files from 4NCL for Round 1 and Round 2.

November Websites and Sources

BCM TWIC Chess Today
Notzai Chessville Schach.com
4NCL  

December 2002

The Isreali Championship (official website) was won by Smirin (ISR) 6½/9 jointly with Avrukh (ISR) and Gofshtein (ISR). The games in PGN can be found at the official website.

A strong Open event took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (official website) which included Svidler (RUS) and Short (ENG). But the winner turned out to be Khenkin (GER) 7½/9 emerged as the champion. The games in PGN can be found at the official website.

Former FIDE World Champion Karpov (RUS)continued his remarkable renaissance with a victory over none other than his old enemy and also former World Champion Kasparov! The result at the x3dworld, New York, USA (official website) was 2½-1½ in favour of Karpov. See TWIC reports for Day 1 and Day 2 and Chessbase. In addition TWIC supplied Photos 1, Photos 2 and as always thePGN file.

At the Greek Championship (official website) Banikas (GRE) 7/9 emerged as the champion.

The World Junior Championship, Goa, India (official website - not accessible) took place with many of the top young players around the world including: Bu (CHN), Aronian (ARM), Harikrishna (IND), Timofeev (RUS), Jakovenko (RUS) and McShane (ENG). The Gold medal winner was Aronian (ARM) 10/13, with McShane (ENG) taking the Silver and Ganguly (IND) the Bronze. Zhao Xue (CHN) took the women's title. A report can be found as Chessbase and the PGN Games from NCN.

The 2nd Balkan Individual Championship, Kubbeli Salon, Turkey (official website) proved another success for Banikas (GRE) 7/9 who again emerged as the champion.

At Pamplona there was a victory for Kasimdzhanov (UZB ) after a playoff against Bologan (MDA) with the PGN Games from NCN.

December Websites and Sources

BCM TWIC Chess Today
NCN Chessville Schach.com
Notzai ChessCafe  


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