Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Kasimdhzanov Torino 2006.JPG
Rustam Kasimdzhanov at the Turin 2006 Olympiad
Full name Rustam Qosimjonov
Country Uzbekistan
Born (1979-12-05) December 5, 1979 (age 35)
Tashkent, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
World Champion 2004–05 (FIDE)
FIDE rating 2712 (March 2015)
(No. 45 in the December 2014 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2712 (March 2015)

Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbek: Rustam Qosimjonov; Russian: Рустам Касымджанов; born December 5, 1979)[1] is an Uzbek chess Grandmaster, best known for winning the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004.[2] He was born in Tashkent, in the former Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. He is an ethnic Uzbek.[1]

Early career[edit]

Kasimdzhanov 1999 at Porz

His best results include first in the 1998 Asian Championship, second in the World Junior Chess Championship in 1999, first at Essen 2001, first at Pamplona 2002 (winning a blitz playoff against Victor Bologan after both had finished the main tournament on 3½/6), first with 8/9 at the Vlissingen Open 2003, joint first with Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu with 6/9 at Pune 2005, a bronze-medal winning 9½/12 performance on board one for his country at the 2000 Chess Olympiad and runner-up in the FIDE Chess World Cup in 2002 (losing to Viswanathan Anand in the final). He has played in the prestigious Wijk aan Zee tournament twice, but did not perform well either time: in 1999 he finished 11th of 14 with 5/13, in 2002 he finished 13th of 14 with 4½/13.

FIDE World Chess Champion 2004[edit]

In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004 in Tripoli, Libya, Kasimdzhanov unexpectedly made his way through to the final, winning mini-matches against Alejandro Ramírez, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Vasily Ivanchuk, Zoltán Almási, Alexander Grischuk and Veselin Topalov to meet Michael Adams to play for the title and the right to face world number one Garry Kasparov in a match.

In the final six-game match of the Championship, both players won two games, making a tie-break of rapid games necessary. Kasimdzhanov won the first game with black, after having been in a difficult position. By drawing the second game he became the new FIDE champion.

Other world championship results[edit]

GM Kasimdzhanov

Kasimdzhanov's 2004 championship earned him an invitation to the eight player FIDE World Chess Championship 2005, where he tied with Michael Adams for 6–7 place.

The 2004 championship also earned him one of sixteen places in the Candidates Tournament for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007. His first round opponent was Boris Gelfand. In their match, all six regular games were drawn. Then Gelfand won the rapid tie-break 2½–½, eliminating Kasimdzhanov from the tournament.

Career since championship[edit]

On the May 2014 FIDE list Kasimdzhanov had an Elo rating of 2700, making him number 46 in the world and Uzbekistan's number one. He has been rated as high as 2709 (in the January 2013 list).

On June 23, 2005, in the ABC Times Square studios, the AI Accoona Toolbar driven by a Fritz 9 prototype engine, drew against him.[3]

He made his first appearance at Linares in 2005, finishing tied last with 4/12. In 2006, Kasimdzhanov won the knockout Corsica Masters tournament.[4]

He was a second for ex-World Champion Viswanathan Anand, having worked with Anand in preparation for and during his successful World Chess Championship title defences in October 2008 against Vladimir Kramnik, April–May 2010 against Veselin Topalov[5] and in May 2012 against Boris Gelfand.[6]

Kasimdzhanov won gold in the individual men's rapid event at the 2010 Asian Games.

Notable games[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rustam Kasimdzhanov player profile and games at
  2. ^ Rustam Kasimdzhanov wins FIDE title from Chessbase News.
  3. ^ Kasim vs the Accoona Toolbar – draw in New York
  4. ^ "Rustam Kasimdzhanov wins Corsica Masters". 2006-11-09. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chess News – Anand in Playchess – the helpers in Sofia". Chessbase. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  6. ^ "WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH". FIDE. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE World Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Veselin Topalov