2004 FIDE World Chess Championships
June 18th-July 13th
Tripoli, Libya
FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs

All Chess Roads Lead to Tripoli, Libya

FIDE has released the final list for the World Chess Championship commencing June 18th in Tripoli, Libya. With many of the top players absent, the field is severely weakened. Nevertheless, the 128 players will vie for a chance to enter the unification cycle for the World Championship. Bulgarian
GM Veselin Topalov will be the top seed followed by GMs Michael Adams and Alexander Grischuk.

Despite the absence of many of the world's best, this tournament will feature will perhaps the most diverse field in the history of a chess championship. With the increasing strength of the Asian players and the determination of the Latin American and African players, look for some new faces to emerge in the later stages. There are some upsets waiting to happen and the IMs in the tournament will be out for blood.

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Posted by The Chess Drum:  6 June 2004