Chess World Cup 2002

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Second Chess World Cup
Tournament information
Dates9 October 2002–22 October 2002
Multi-stage tournament
Host(s)All India Chess Federation
Venue(s)Ramoji Film City
Final positions
ChampionsViswanathan Anand
Runner-upRustam Kasimdzhanov

The FIDE World Cup 2002, marketed as the Second Chess World Cup, was a 24-player Category XVI chess tournament played between 9 October and 22 October 2002 in Hyderabad, India.[1] The tournament was hosted at Ramoji Film City and organized by FIDE in conjunction with the All India Chess Federation. Former World Cup winner Viswanathan Anand defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the final to retain the title.[2]


The tournament began with a league stage, consisting of 4 groups of six players each. Each player played a game against each of the other players in his group once. At the end of the group stage, the top two players from each group progressed to the quarterfinals. In the knockout rounds, each player played a two-game match against his opponent. If the match was tied after the regular games, blitz tie-breaks were used to determine a winner.[3]


All players are Grandmasters unless indicated otherwise.

  1.  Viswanathan Anand (IND), 2755
  2.  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR), 2709
  3.  Alexander Morozevich (RUS), 2707
  4.  Nigel Short (ENG), 2684
  5.  Alexey Dreev (RUS), 2673
  6.  Vladimir Malakhov (RUS), 2670
  7.  Krishnan Sasikiran (IND), 2670
  8.  Ye Jiangchuan (CHN), 2667
  9.  Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO), 2666
  10.  Sergei Rublevsky (RUS), 2664
  11.  Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB), 2653
  12.  Alexander Beliavsky (SLO), 2650
  13.  Xu Jun (CHN), 2643
  14.  Teimour Radjabov (AZE), 2628
  15.  Bartłomiej Macieja (POL), 2615
  16.  Giovanni Vescovi (BRA), 2614
  17.  Jaan Ehlvest (EST), 2600
  18.  Hichem Hamdouchi (MAR), 2593
  19.  Alex Yermolinsky (USA), 2575
  20.  Pentala Harikrishna (IND), 2551
  21.  Mohammed Al-Modiahki (QAT), 2550
  22.  Surya Ganguly (IND), 2531, IM
  23.  Saidali Iuldachev (UZB), 2511
  24.  Watu Kobese (RSA), 2399, IM


Round Dates
Group Stage 5–13 October
Quarterfinals 15–16 October
Semifinals 17–18 October
Final 19–20 October

Group stage[edit]

The group stages featured a number of surprising upsets, with the top three seeds all struggling to remain in contention. Anand, the No. 1 seed, overcame an early loss to Krishnan Sasikaran with wins over Kasimdzhanov and Al-Modiahki to finish second in his group. Vassily Ivanchuk was less fortunate, dropping games to Malakhov and Macieja and finishing fifth in Group A.[4] Morozevich never recovered after suffering a disastrous start with three straight losses to Ehlvest, Ganguly, and Harikrishna. He scored only one point in five matches, finishing second-to-last in the entire tournament and dropping below 2700 in Elo rating for the first time since 1998.[5]

Group A Pts. Group B Pts. Group C Pts. Group D Pts.
Russia Vladimir Malakhov Russia Alexey Dreev Uzbekistan Rustam Kasimdzhanov Slovenia Alexander Beliavsky
China Ye Jiangchuan 3 Russia Sergei Rublevsky 3 India Viswanathan Anand 3 England Nigel Short
Poland Bartłomiej Macieja 3 Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 3 India Krishnan Sasikiran Estonia Jaan Ehlvest
Brazil Giovanni Vescovi 3 Georgia (country) Zurab Azmaiparashvili Morocco Hichem Hamdouchi India Surya Ganguly 2
Ukraine Vassily Ivanchuk 2 United States Alex Yermolinsky Qatar Mohammed Al-Modiahki 2 India Pentala Harikrishna
Uzbekistan Saidali Iuldachev ½ South Africa Watu Kobese China Xu Jun Russia Alexander Morozevich 1


Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Slovenia Alexander Beliavsky
Russia Sergei Rublevsky ½
Slovenia Alexander Beliavsky ½
Uzbekistan Rustam Kasimdzhanov
China Ye Jiangchuan ½
Uzbekistan Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Uzbekistan Rustam Kasimdzhanov ½
India Viswanathan Anand
England Nigel Short
Russia Alexey Dreev
Russia Alexey Dreev
India Viswanathan Anand
Russia Vladimir Malakhov ½
India Viswanathan Anand


Anand–Kasimdzhanov, 2002 World Cup
a8 black rook
g8 black king
a7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
c6 black pawn
d6 white knight
f6 black pawn
h6 black pawn
b5 black pawn
c5 white pawn
d5 black pawn
f5 white bishop
d4 white pawn
g4 black bishop
a3 white pawn
c3 black knight
e3 white rook
f2 white pawn
h2 white bishop
g1 white king
Final position of the match.

In the final, Viswanathan Anand defended his World Cup title won in Shenyang against Rustam Kasimdzhanov in a two-game match. The first game of the match ended in a 16-move draw, with Kasimdzhanov failing to make any headway against Anand's Caro-Kann defence. In Game 2, Anand gradually outplayed Kasimdzhanov in the Petroff defence, gaining a strong advantage after 18 ... N6g5?. Kasimdzhanov would resign 11 moves later.[6]

Name Rating 1 2 Total
 Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2755 ½ 1
 Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) 2653 ½ 0 ½


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