2004 FIDE World Chess Championships
June 18th-July 13th
Tripoli, Libya

2004 FIDE WCC - The Struggle Continues!

Pre-match Commentary

The semi-final matches begin today with some interesting chess ahead. One unlikely face in these pair of bouts is the Uzbek player,
Rustam Kasimdzhanov. He has ousted "final four" favorites, Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Grischuk to win the right to play the tournament's #1-seed, Veselin Topalov. Kasimdzhanov has had a bit of fortune in his previous matches, but will have to bring his A-1 game versus "Topa." Look for Topalov to assert himself with the white pieces.

The other bout centers around the intrigue of young phenom
Teimour Radjabov. He has used a match strategy to draw the initial encounters and settle matters in the rapid and blitz matches. This strategy almost backfired as Lenier Dominguez had him on the ropes only to let the Radjabov slip away… but what a match! Radjabov will play Mickey Adams who has played very solid chess thus far, but has shown that he can make a mistake as indicated in his games with Hikaru Nakamara and with Vladimir Akopian.

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Posted by The Chess Drum:  1 July 2004