FIDE World Chess Championship 2005

FIDE World Chess Championship 2005

FIDE World Chess Championship 2005

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The FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 took place in Potrero de los Funes, San Luis Province in Argentina from September 27 to October 16, 2005. It was won by Veselin Topalov.


In the face of criticism of the knockout FIDE World Chess Championships held from 1998 to 2004, FIDE (the World Chess Federation) made changes for its World Chess Championship in 2005. It used normal (slow) time controls (unlike the 2002 and 2004 knockout tournaments), and changed the format to an eight-player, double round-robin event, where every player plays every other player twice, once with each colour.

The players invited were:

The participation of Judit Polgár made her the first woman to compete for the world chess championship.

The opening ceremony took place on September 27, the matches started on September 28, and the closing ceremony took place on October 16.


The final standings were:

 N  Name                  Fed  ELO  Chg   1    2    3    4    5    6 ......

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