Mar 5, 2001

Genrikh Chepukaitis

Round 6.Game 4: Xie Jun is the World Champion (16.12.2000)
Round 6. Game 3  Semi-final: Black never wins (15.12.2000)
Round 6. Game 2. Semi-final: Itís good to play White (14.12.2000)

Round 6. Game 1: The World Champion struggles for her title (13.12.2000)

Round 5. Tie-Breaks: Grischuk continues to fight alone (13.12.2000)

Round 5. Game 2: Only one semi-finalist is defined (12.12.2000)

Round 5. Game 1: Challengers can be counted on the fingers (12.12.2000)

Round 4. Tie-Breaks: Rope-walkers... (09.12.2000)

Round 4. Game 2: Stars fade away. Stars come out (08.12.2000)
Round 4. Game 1: Grandmasters take time-out (08.12.2000)
Round 3. Tie-Breaks: Sensations! (06.12.200)
Round 3. Game 2: Finish breath (06.12.2000)
Round 3. Game 1: Stubborn fighting (04.12.2000)
Round 2. Tie-Breaks: The invited cohort is somewhat decreased (04.12.2000)
Round 2. Game 2: Almost all favourites survived (03.12.2000)
Round 2. Game 1: The race at the second hurdle (01.12.2000)
Round 1. Tie-Breaks: An avalanche of sensation (30.11.2000)
Round 1. Game 2: Grandmasters produce draws (29.11.2000)
Round 1. Game 1 "Coming on..."  (28.11.2000)
A few words about the regulations (27.11.2000)
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)

Intermission (18.12.2000)

At last there is an intermission at the KO Championship. There are no tie breaks, and the finalists Anand and Shirov will play the last match of the event in Tehran, so they got a week to come there and acclimatise themselves.

The great chess forum produces a strong impression. Those who found two games not enough played more. So Macieja managed to break his opponent in the tenth game only. The round in which he defeated his fellow countryman demonstrated that there were no casual participants at the World Championship. Also Leitao, the veteran Gulko and Skripchenko-Lautier demonstrated a fine performance.

Favourites suffered many hard blows, and not infrequently these blows were delivered by players with rather modest ELO ratings. Grischuk advanced as far as to the semi-final and even managed to win one game in his semi-final match against Shirov. All in all, the results are quite natural. Those whose nerves were better and hands quicker were victorious. The Chinese wonder is beyond praise. European chess seem to get weaker, though the number of players grows.

Both finalists are well known masters of chess strategy and tactics. Who will become the champion? We donít know. We will wait together with you to see on whom the fortune will smile. Both are acknowledged challengers, and one of them will become at last the World Championship 2000.

"And his six pawns were scattered like the ships of the Armada that should have conquered England; the Lord blew, and they were all isolated."

-Hans Kmoch, Groningen 1946 tournament book

"Nowadays, when you're not a grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it."

Anand Vishwanathan

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