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Feb 20,2002

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Genrikh Chepukaitis

What can be done with this, there will be fights, and wounds, too (23.11.2000) 100 Challengers. (21.11.2000)
There are still crowns to be won. (18.11.2000)

A few words about the regulations (27.11.2000)

This time we'll tell about the KO system since it becomes the traditional scenario for World Championships. 

First of all, opponents will play two games with the classical time control, having 3.5 hours for the whole game each. In case of necessity they will play then two rapid games with a more sensible time control as 25 min is more than enough for a professional, in our opinion. This is when we can hope to encounter spontaneous combinations, bright ideas, blunders and influence of astrological situation upon good sense. Then, provided that the balance is still maintained, the opponents draw lots. White is obliged to win for 6 min, while Black has to hold his position for 5 min in order to win the match. A draw allows Black to continue the struggle in the next round. The one who wins the seventh round becomes the World Champion. The first stage of semi-finals consists of four games with the classical time control, and in the final the last pair will play six long games. Other rules stay unchanged: 2 rapid games + one deciding blitz game. 

This is how in short the most prestigious chess festival of the year is organised. It's not enough to have a lucid mind here. One needs to have clever, resourceful and quick hands. V. Anand managed to win six rounds in 1998. More dead than alive he met in the final a fresh opponent, A. Karpov who got the greatest odds ever seen in chess. The champion won easily, free of the strain of a previous long way to the final. In 1999 A. Khalifman coped with all rounds in Las Vegas. He had a hard start but still overwhelmed D. Barua in round one. The same situation repeated in his duel with G. Kamsky. But then he played confidently so that we only can envy his strong nerves.

Official site: http://wcc2000.fide.com/

"He who fears an isolated queen's pawn should give up chess". Siegbert Tarrasch

"The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move"! David Bronstein.

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