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2004-05 Unification

Last updated 2006-08-21; links converted to 2010-01-27.

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The Prague Agreement, conceived in May 2002 to reunite the World Championship, did not die quickly. The first serious sign of trouble occurred when FIDE aborted the 2003 Kasparov - Ponomariov World Championship match. • 2003 Kasparov - Ponomariov World Championship match

To uphold its part of the Prague Agreement, FIDE organized a new elimination tournament. The winner would assume the role originally assigned to Ruslan Ponomariov. The little known Rustam Kasimdzhanov beat Michael Adams in the final. • 2004 FIDE World Championship, Tripoli, Libya

Meanwhile Vladimir Kramnik retained his title after a drawn 14-game match with Peter Leko. • 2004 Kramnik - Leko World Championship match, Brissago, Switzerland

The 2004-05 Kasparov - Kasimdzhanov match was postponed then cancelled. When Garry Kasparov withdrew from further World Championship competition, the Prague Agreement was dead. Kasparov soon retired from chess and FIDE announced a new format for its World Championship and the qualifying cycle. • 2004-05 Kasparov - Kasimdzhanov match and the aftermath

The first World Championship in FIDE's new format was a rousing success. Veselin Topalov emerged the winner. • 2005 FIDE World Championship, San Luis, Argentina

A few months later FIDE held a World Cup at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. It was the first event in the 2005-2007 cycle that would eventually determine a new World Champion. • 2005 FIDE World Cup

In April 2006, FIDE President Ilyumzhinov announced that the long awaited Kramnik - Topalov unification match would start in September. • 2006 World Championship Unification Match

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