GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Full name
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Born
Dec 5, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth
Tashkent, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Federation
Uzbekistan
Profiles

The top representative of Uzbekistan, Rustam Kasimdzhanov is a Grandmaster whose best accomplishment was winning the 2004 FIDE World Championship. On his way to the title he defeated 7 top players including names such as Vasily Ivanchuk, Veselin Topalov and Michael Adams. Once he won the World Championship, he became a household name among chess players.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov didn’t start to appear on the high-level chess scene until he was awarded his Grandmaster title in 1997. After this, he began to win many large tournaments including the 1998 Asian Championship, 2001 Essen tournament, 2002 Pamplona tournament and the 2003 Vlissingen Open. His biggest accomplishment came at the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004. It was here that he won mini-matches against 6 different players in order to play against Michael Adams in the final match. Kasimdzhanov tied the match and won the playoff in order to become the new World Champion. He didn’t end up holding on to the World Champion title the following year and lost his crown. Ever since losing the World Championship, he has continued to be a very strong player with up and down results. He has placed badly in tournaments such as 2005 Linares (tied for last place) but won tournaments such as the 2006 Corsica Masters. He still holds onto a 2700+ rating, keeping him within the top 50 players in the world.

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White Pieces
Petrov's Defense (20) : C42
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Pirc Defense (11) : B07 B08 B09
Queen's Indian Defense (29) : E15 E17 E16 E18 E14 E12
Reti Opening (10) : A06 A04 A05
Modern Defense (9) : B06 A41 A42
Four Knights Game (1) : C48
Queen's Pawn Opening (4) : A40 A41
Giuoco Piano Game (6) : C50 C53
Scandinavian Defense (4) : B01
Semi-Slav Defense (40) : D45 D47 D43 D44
Tarrasch Defense (7) : D32 D34
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53 A54
Hungarian Opening (11) : A00
Dutch Defense (12) : A80 A81 A90
King's Indian Attack (6) : A07
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Benoni Defense (3) : A56 A65
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) : D27 D20
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71 D78
Catalan Opening (16) : E01 E00 E09 E04 E05
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Italian Game (1) : C55
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
Alekhine Defense (4) : B05 B04
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Bishop's Opening (5) : C24 C23
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (3) : A58
Budapest Defense (2) : A51 A52
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Black Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : D02 D00 D03
Giuoco Piano Game (16) : C53 C50
Queen's Gambit Accepted (11) : D27 D20 D26 D24 D28
King's Indian Attack (9) : A07
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
Alekhine Defense (3) : B04 B03
Reti Opening (11) : A04 A05 A09
Pirc Defense (16) : B07 B09 B08
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (9) : A40
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24
Scotch Game (7) : C45
Four Knights Game (7) : C46 C49 C47
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Semi-Slav Defense (33) : D45 D43 D47 D44
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Petrov's Defense (31) : C42 C43
Torre Attack (2) : A46 A48
Vienna Game (3) : C25 C26
Italian Game (2) : C58 C55
Modern Defense (25) : A40 B07 B06
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Queen's Indian Defense (5) : E15 E18 E17
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D71 D78
Catalan Opening (10) : E01
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Benoni Defense (3) : A70 A61
Dutch Defense (1) : A80
London System (1) : A48
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (5) : B06

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