Match of the Century: Russia versus Rest of the World Print
Friday, 09 August 2002 00:00
Moscow will host the historic chess event Russia versus the rest of the World this year.
The following Russian Grandmasters have confirmed their participation: Gary Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Anatoly Karpov, Alexander Khalifman, Peter Svidler, Evgeny Bareev, Alexei Dreev, Alexander Grischuk, Alexander Morozevich and Sergey Rublevsky (reserves are Vadim Zviagintsev and Alexander Motylev). Official Site of Tournament This year the Russian capital will host a remarkable event in the history of world chess. The “Match of the Century” was first officially announced by FIDE President H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the ITAR-TASS press conference that took place on June 12, 2002 in Moscow. The conference was also attended by GM Gary Kasparov, Russian Minister of Sport Viacheslav Fetisov and President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Selivanov. The announced dates of the tournament are 8-12 September, 2002. The history of this match goes back to 1970 when for the first time the Soviet Union team played against the "Rest of the World" team in Belgrade.
The second match "USSR vs. Rest of the World" was held in London in 1984.
The coming match will be played over 10 boards on the Scheveningen system with Rapid Chess time control. With the strongest Grandmasters playing in the “Match of the Century”, it promises to be a very challenging and unforgettable one. Games will be played on electronic boards and broadcast live!

 7 September 21:00 HRS Captains Meeting & Draw of lots (Metropol Hotel) 
 8 September 15:00 HRS Opening Ceremony 
             16:00 HRS Rd. 1 
             18:00 HRS Rd. 2 
 9 September 16:00 HRS Rd. 3 
             18:00 HRS Rd. 4 
             20:00 HRS Rd. 5 
10 September 16:00 HRS Rd. 6 
             18:00 HRS Rd. 7 
             20:00 HRS Rd. 8 
11 September 14:00 HRS Rd. 9 
             16:00 HRS Rd. 10 
                       Closing Ceremony 
12 September           Departure 

Leko, PeterWorld team
Anand, ViswanathanWorld team
Shirov, AlexeyWorld team
Polgar, JuditWorld team
Ponomariov, RuslanWorld team
Ivanchuk, VassilyWorld team
Gelfand, BorisWorld team
Azmaiparashvili, ZurabWorld team
Radjabov, TeimurWorld team
Smirin, IlyaWorld team
Akopian, VladimirWorld team
Short, NigelWorld team
Bareev, EvgenyRussia
Dreev, AlexeyRussia
Grischuk, AlexanderRussia
Karpov, AnatolyRussia
Khalifman, AlexanderRussia
Kasparov, GaryRussia
Kramnik, VladimirRussia
Morozevich, AlexanderRussia
Motylev, AlexanderRussia
Svidler, PeterRussia
Rublevsky, SergeyRussia
Zviagintsev, VadimRussia
Organizing Committee Secretariat may be reached at tel: +7-095-2498731 and fax +7-095-2498729 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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