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2000-11-25 Nisipeanu exudes confidence NEW DELHI, NOV. 25. Till August last year, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu was almost a non-entity. But his stupendous run in the last edition of the World chess championship at Las Vegas, where this long- haired Romanian Grandmaster found his way to the semifinal
2000-11-25 A galaxy of great champions THERE is only a month left before the new World chess champion is crowned, and the battles for the crown begin in New Delhi tomorrow. Though the last 14 months produced two new champions, there have still been only 15 World chess champions, since the firs
2000-11-25 Judit Polgar reigns without a crown ``I think that chess is the type of game which belongs entirely to men. In a contest like chess one is trying to assert oneself, to prove the supremacy of one's own ego. Women have a different psychology.'' - Garry Kasparov
2000-11-26 Zhukova appears confident NEW DELHI, NOV. 25. The air is getting colder in the Capital. Small wonder many of the players chose to spend the afternoon in the little sunshine by the swimming pool at Hyatt Regency, the venue of the World chess championship, which begins on Sunday. Na
2000-11-26 Nona still motivates herself NEW DELHI, NOV. 25. A good 42 years separate Nona Gaprindashvili and Etienne Bacrot. One, a proud Georgian who in 1978 became the first woman to be awarded the men's Grandmaster title. The other, a French who held the distinction of becoming the youngest
2000-11-27 Anand has the edge NEW DELHI, NOV. 26. Tradition and turbulence, or say, convention and controversy, have kept company in chess like in few other sport. Thanks to some genius exponents of this cerebral discipline, chess has gained its present profile. Blame it on the eccent
2000-11-27 Knockout format will suit most players NEW DELHI, NOV. 26. Gilberto Milos may not have played Abhijit Kunte but has nothing but admiration for the young Grandmaster from Pune.
2000-11-27 I really want to do well: Hoang NEW DELHI, NOV. 26. Two years ago she came to India for the first time and went back to Budapest as the World junior girls' chess champion. Then, earlier in the year she made another visit to India. This time she returned home as the Asian women's champio
2000-11-28 Kunte, Sasikiran draw opening matches NEW DELHI, NOV. 27. Grandmasters Abhijit Kunte and K. Sasikiran drew their respective opening matches of round one but Dibyendu Barua crashed to defeat as the World chess championship opened at the Hyatt Regency Hotel here on Monday. On a day when the cov
2000-11-28 Vijayalakshmi stalled at the starting blocks NEW DELHI, NOV. 27. Everyone thought she might have it easy on this wintry, wet Monday afternoon, but she didn't. India's S. Vijayalakshmi, on whom the country's best hopes rest in the women's World championship, lost unexpectedly to Finland's Niina Koske
2000-11-28 Corina raring to have a go after layoff NEW DELHI, NOV. 27. Corina Peptan is back before the chessboard after a short break. You could not have hoped for a bigger stage than the World chess championship but the Romanian is not overawed.
2000-11-29 Sasikiran's win cockles Indian hearts NEW DELHI, NOV. 28. Success is a great tonic for a sagging morale and K. Sasikiran provided just that. The loss of S. Vijayalakshmi had proved a big dampner for the die-hard fans of Indian chess on the second day of the World chess championship before ano
2000-11-29 Fluent win keeps Bhagyashree in fray NEW DELHI, NOV. 28. At 39, she may not be getting any younger, but there is still a lot of fire left in India's most experienced campaigner in the women's game.
2000-11-29 India has good future: Salov NEW DELHI, NOV. 28. Grandmaster Valery Salov is convinced that India definitely has a future in chess. He should know, having coached the Indian team for the Olympiad. He is also happy that he was able to contribute to India's fine show at Istanbul.
2000-11-29 A compromise is reached NEW DELHI, NOV. 28. Less than 24 hours after NIIT announced its sponsorship of the World chess championship, the four-lettered abbreviation was dropped as prefix to the sport's biggest extravaganza.
2000-11-30 Abhijit Kunte's campaign ends NEW DELHI, NOV. 29. Abhijit Kunte's run ended the way it was anticipated. After holding the fancied Brazilian Gilberto Milos in the classical version for the last two days, Kunte's resistence snapped in the second tie-breaker of the first round on Wednesd
2000-11-30 Bhagyashree stumbles at last hurdle NEW DELHI, NOV. 29. In the sudden death on Wednesday, died India's last hope in the women's World chess championship when that gritty, little woman, Bhagyasrhee Thipsay faltered at the last hurdle after coming close to making it to the second round at Hya
2000-11-30 Will organisers wake up to fulfil media requirements? NEW DELHI, NOV. 29. Any chess lover, young or old, planning to come all the way to the Capital's Hyatt Regency to watch some of the finest players in action, better stay away. Imagine if the media covering the event is struggling to have a look at the gam
2000-12-01 Anand, Khalifman begin with draws NEW DELHI, NOV. 30. A sedate start for Viswanathan Anand, a setback for K. Sasikiran and a spate of draws featuring those expected to be the front- runners in days to come. In a nutshell, that was the story when the first game of the second round was play
2000-12-01 Corina shocks Chiburdanidze NEW DELHI, NOV. 30. Standing at the poolside last Saturday, as she talked about her life and chess, Corina Peptan had joked, ``I would love to do better than Nisipeanu.''
2000-12-02 Vishwanathan Anand has it easy NEW DELHI, DEC. 1. The discerning are well aware, that in chess, it is not always as easy as it looks. In what turned out to a fine demonstration of how to win from a winning position, Vishwanathan Anad walked away as the victor. In the process, he did no
2000-12-02 Upset wins for Zayac, Zhaoqin NEW DELHI, DEC. 1. Maia Chiburdanidze never liked the knock-out system. ``It's very unfair,'' the Georgian had said only a few days ago. On Friday, she became the first major casualty of the system, when she drew the second game of the second round with R
2000-12-02 The crown of greatness sits lightly on her AS SHE walks quietly around the ground floor of Hotel Hyatt Regency in New Delhi on a chilly November afternoon, the woman in black hasn't noticed the poster featuring the past World Women's chess champions. She should have. Her pretty face has the pride
2000-12-03 Ivanchuk bows to Ehlvest NEW DELHI, DEC. 2. It is time for Vassily Ivanchuk and Nigel Short to pack their bags. Last year's surprise semifinalist Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, too, is returning home but not before taking a close look at the Taj Mahal and holder Alexander Khalifman is g
2000-12-03 Top women's seeds have it easy NEW DELHI, DEC. 2. She may have become the World champion almost a decade ago, but this is a brand new experience for Xie Jun. She seems to be getting used to it pretty fast. The top seed took only the first set of tie-breakers to overcome Svetlana Matvee
2000-12-04 Lputian holds Anand NEW DELHI, DEC. 3. Sunday was not exactly an off-day for Viswanathan Anand. Yet, quite understandably, he was happy to spend very little time at work. After all, he knows the futility of an early sprint in what promises to be a marathon in days to come.
2000-12-04 Peptan surprises Isoliani NEW DELHI, DEC. 3. Corina Peptan is proving to be quite a handful for the once mighty Georgian women. Two days after shocking the second seed and five-time World champion Maia Chiburdanidze, the 22-year-old Romanian surprised the 10th seed and former Worl
2000-12-05 Anand subdues Lputian NEW DELHI, DEC. 4. A long spell of anxiety, followed by some moments of assurance, before the job was finally accomplished. For Viswanathan Anand, it was indeed a tough ride into the pre- quarterfinals. Perhaps, the fact that everyone anticipates Anand to
2000-12-05 It's good-bye to the Georgians NEW DELHI, DEC. 4. The last of the Georgians went out even as two from China, and another of Chinese origin, moved into the last eight of the women's World chess championship. That, of course, is a fair reflection on the present state of the women's game.
2000-12-06 Leko gets a taste of Khalifman's tenacity NEW DELHI, DEC. 5. Unsung, unheralded and an undisputed underdog. Seldom has a World chess champion received so little attention as Alexander Khalifman even after winning the biggest prize the game offers.
2000-12-06 Another wretched day for the seeds NEW DELHI, DEC. 5. Hotel Hyatt Regency is fast turning out to be a graveyard for the top seeds in the women's World chess championship. Seeds two and five were knocked in the third round after tie-breakers on Tuesday. With the quarterfinals scheduled to g
2000-12-07 Anand settles for quick draw NEW DELHI, DEC. 6. Another short draw with black pieces for Viswanathan Anand. Not surprisingly, his campaign is following a now-familiar course in this edition of the World chess championship. The followers of his fortunes only hope that he once again co
2000-12-07 Xie Jun in fine form NEW DELHI, DEC. 6. Xie Jun showed on Wednesday why she is the World champion. The top seed from China scored a fine victory over Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine in the first game of the quarterfinals of the women's World chess championship at Hyatt Regency, bu
2000-12-08 Anand sails into quarterfinals NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. Raising expectations is easier than living up to them. But somehow, Viswanathan Anand seems to possess an uncanny knack of making it all look so easy, so simple.
2000-12-08 Xie Jun enters semifinals NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. Alisa Galliamova believes she got a raw deal in last year's World title match against Xie Jun. ``I was very much against the idea of playing in the final in China,'' the Russian said yesterday. But in this championship, no player can co
2000-12-09 Grishuck shocks Ehlvest NEW DELHI, DEC. 8. Alexander Grischuk might well be the discovery of this edition of the World chess championship. This 17-year-old Grandmaster from Moscow continued his conquests by stopping the seasoned Jaan Ehlvest and gate-crashing into the quarterfin
2000-12-09 Kanying, Maric enter semifinals NEW DELHI, DEC. 8. Qin Kanying and Alisa Maric entered the semifinals of the women's world chess championship. Corina Peptan and Almira Skripchenko-Lautier had only to blame themselves, after making costly mistakes in the tie-breakers in the quarterfinals
2000-12-09 Hobby is serious business for the FIDE boss HE is young. He has a dream. What more, he has the time and resources to realise it. In April 1993, as a 31-year-old, Kirsan Ilyumjinov became the first President of the Republic of Kalmykia. Winner of Peace Gold Medal for Humanitarian Activities, Ilyumji
2000-12-09 Nana's romance with chess continues IT ALL began with presents. On her fourth birthday, Nana Alexandria got a chessboard and set as a gift. She loved it.
2000-12-10 Khalifman survives, holds Anand NEW DELHI, DEC. 9. For a change, the expected `white-wash' never came. Alexander Khalifman survived with black pieces while facing Vishwanathan Anand this year. But all the same, the defending champion may have just about won a psychological battle over h
2000-12-10 Kanying continues dream run NEW DELHI, DEC. 9. There seems to be no stopping the Chinese. The possibility of an all-Chinese final in the women's World chess championship looms large after the first game in the semifinals at Hyatt Regency on Saturday. Qin Kanying won with white piece
2000-12-11 Anand, Khalifman play it safe NEW DELHI, DEC. 10. Left to Viswanathan Anand, he would have preferred to work overtime on Sunday, accomplish the job on hand and then take a day off to celebrate his 31st birthday. But then, Alexander Khalifman is not here to make things comfortable for
2000-12-11 Kanying takes memorable step forward NEW DELHI, DEC. 10. When she was just 14, Qin Kanying made history in China by becoming the youngest National women's champion ever. On Sunday, 12 years after that memorable achievement, she took a giant leap in her career. She entered the final of the wo
2000-12-12 Anand celebrates b'day in style NEW DELHI, DEC. 11. More often than not, when it comes to the question of `survival of the swiftest', one man seems to have all the answers. This day was no different, though quite a few hearts skipped a beat or two and quite a few fingernails were chewed
2000-12-12 Jun makes short work of Kovalevskaya NEW DELHI, DEC. 11. So it is an all Chinese final.
2000-12-13 Shirov outwits Grischuk NEW DELHI, DEC. 12. After the high of Monday, a low had to follow. So, it did not come as a surprise when Vishwanathan Anand and Michael Adams preferred to sign the peace treaty without really complicating matters. Considering the fact that they have to f
2000-12-13 Xie Jun cruises ahead NEW DELHI, DEC. 12. Giving a little room to Xie Jun in her present form is like giving Sourav Ganguly an inch outside the off stump on a flat wicket. She will smash you, forcing you to run for cover. She did that on Tuesday in the first game of the final
2000-12-14 Anand capitalises on Adams' fumble NEW DELHI, DEC. 13. A slight stumble by Michael Adams allowed Viswanathan Anand to surge ahead with a huge stride. At the halfway stage of their race for a place in the final of the World chess championship here, the favourite has surely set the pace. It
2000-12-14 Kanying holds Xie Jun NEW DELHI, DEC. 13. Qin Kanying may be playing her first ever World championship final. She may be meeting someone who is playing her fifth final, someone who has clearly been a cut above the rest in this competition. But on Wednesday, the slightly built,
2000-12-15 Anand just a draw away from Teheran NEW DELHI, DEC. 14. If desperate situations demand desperate measures, then Michael Adams tried everything he possibly could. After grappling with Viswanathan Anand for nearly six hours, Adams exasperation was understandable. Following a disappointing dra
2000-12-15 Jun needs just a draw for crown NEW DELHI, DEC. 14. Qin Kanying's dream is not over yet. She was playing with the black pieces on Thursday, and a loss would have been the end of her.
2000-12-16 Anand, Shirov set up title clash NEW DELHI, DEC. 15. Almost everyone saw it as a job well accomplished. But for Viswanathan Anand, the time to put the finishing touches to the task on hand was still a few days away.
2000-12-16 Xie Jun keeps crown NEW DELHI, DEC. 15. She shook her head gently, and almost smiled. She gave another queen check. Her rival extended her hand. Xie Jun smiled broadly now. She had defended her World title.
2000-12-16 A trendsetter in women's chess AS A little girl she did whatever her brother did. He went for fishing, so did she. When he played table tennis, she also did. He played soccer, and she also charged to the football field.
2000-12-17 Anand braces up for the big shot NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. Will Viswanathan Anand ever become the World Champion?
2000-12-17 Xie Jun's gut feeling turns true NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. When she saw Viswanathan Anand in a bad position in his quarterfinal match against Alexander Khalifman in the World chess championship, Xie Jun was worried. For, she had a strange idea about her own chances in the women's World champio
2000-12-17 Oscar for Anand NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. Viswanathan Anand was presented the 1998 Chess Oscar at the closing ceremony of the women's World chess championship here on Saturday evening.
2000-12-21 Anand begins with a draw CHENNAI, DEC.21 World No.2 Viswanathan Anand who is making his third attempt to win the world title started his campaign with a draw in the opening game against Alexei Shirov of Spain at Teheran on Wednesday.
2000-12-22 Anand holds on to advantage CHENNAI, 21. DEC. Viswanathan Anand is holding on to a double pawn advantage and is playing on in the second game with the hope of snatching the lead in the FIDE World chess championship match which is in progress at Teheran on Thursday.
2000-12-23 Anand moves closer to title with a win CHENNAI, DEC. 22. Showing massive depth in his preparation and choosing an opening with a high degree of surprise value, Viswanathan Anand moved a big step closer to winning the FIDE World chess title when he defeated Alexei Shirov in game three to wrest
2000-12-23 Unbeaten run to the final ``I THINK, Vishy is playing at a level higher than ever before. He has shown the maturity to handle this enormous pressure of playing at home. I would like to believe that he's ready for the title.''
2000-12-24 Anand holds the aces CHENNAI, DEC. 23. The fundamental difference between the two finalists is that the Indian genius, Viswanathan Anand, is better prepared, fresher and is obviously playing at a very high 2800 plus rating level.
2000-12-25 Anand, world champion TEHRAN, DEC. 24. Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand today became world champion defeating Spain's Alexei Shirov 3.5-0.5 in the fourth of the six-game world chess championship final here.
2000-12-25 Anand is World champion TEHRAN, DEC. 24. Viswanathan Anand opened a new era in chess history as World chess champion by scoring a hat-trick of victories over Alexei Shirov to win the title by a huge 3.5-0.5 margin. It was the shortest World championship match ever.
2000-12-25 Plaudits pour in for Anand KOZHIKODE, DEC. 24. ``It's a great moment for all of us,`` said Grandmaster Pravin Thipsay reacting to Viswanathan Anand's great victory in the World championship at Teheran on Sunday. Thipsay did not think that he would just crush Alexei Shirov.
2000-12-26 A moment to cherish for the champion TEHERAN, DEC. 25. Life as World Champion for Viswanathan Anand began with a series of phone calls on a cool Christmas morning at his suite at room 1410 in Esteghlal Grand Hotel here.
2000-12-26 Anand delighted by his feat TEHERAN, DEC. 25. On Sunday, Viswanathan Anand became the sixteenth and the first non- Russian since Bobby Fischer (1972- 1975) to win the World championship.
2000-12-26 Anand emulates a 116-year old record TEHERAN, DEC. 25. The hat-trick of victories which Viswanathan Anand scored to finish off Alexei Shirov 3.5-0.5 on Sunday is the shortest ever World championship match and it was the first time since 1886 that the champion has won three games in a row to
2000-12-27 Anand interacts with Indian school children TEHERAN, DEC. 26. The new World champion, Viswanathan Anand tried to preach the advantages of playing chess to Indian school children on Boxing Day at his hotel lobby here on Tuesday.
2000-12-29 Celebration time for Anand TEHERAN, DEC. 28. Winding up the most successful trip of his career, Viswanathan Anand left here for Dubai on way to New Delhi and Chennai.
2000-12-30 Triumph of a titan THAT NIGHT at the Shahjahan Hall of Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, he was the centre of attraction, as always. There is something magical about this man. One is not talking about Viswanathan Anand's chess alone.

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