Ruslan Ponomarev: history and achievements of chess player

Ruslan Ponomarev is an outstanding Ukrainian chess player, grandmaster, chess crown holder according to FIDE 2002-2004 version. The best rating of the chess player was fixed in July 2011 - 2768 points.

Ruslan Ponomarev

Ruslan Ponomarev: biography of a chess player

The future genius of world chess was born on October 11 in1983 in Gorlovka. His father was an engineer, took part in the liquidation of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and his mother - a simple elementary school teacher in a comprehensive school. Chess successes and the first titles began to appear at the age of seven. From a young age, Ruslan Ponomarev improves his chess skills, and at the age of nine he gets his first sports category, at eleven - the title of candidate for master of sports, and very soon the young prodigy proves his superiority in the chess world championship among children under 12 years old.

The youngest grandmaster in the world

In 1995 Ruslan Ponomariov together with his familymoved to the city of Kramatorsk, which is near Gorlovka. Here he meets the president of the local chess school, his namesake Mikhail Nikitich Ponomarev, who in the years to come will train Ruslan on a professional level.

In 1996, at the age of thirteen, Ruslanwins the European Championship to 18 years, and in 1997 wins in a similar tournament, but already at the world championship. After a string of such victories, Ruslan was awarded the title of Grandmaster at the age of 14, and he became the world record holder - the youngest grand master on the planet (now this record belongs to Sergey Karjakin, who was awarded the title at 12 years and 211 days).

After winning the World Championship in 2002, Ruslan Ponomarev was awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine.

Ruslan Ponomarev chess player

Preparation for the championship

It should be noted that the world chessRuslan Ponomarev prepared very persistently and thoroughly. His advisers were such outstanding grandmasters as Veselin Topalov, Gennady Kuzmin, Silvio Danailov and 12-year-old Sergey Karyakin, who at that time was the world champion in his age category. In the history of world chess, this has not happened yet! For the first time a 12-year-old schoolboy was an official assistant to the contender for the title of world champion.

Young Sergey Karyakin has memorized phenomenallychess debuts and could in a matter of seconds give out "background information" on the arrangement of figures and all classes of positions, so he was a "coach in tactics." Back in 2002, the chess world did not yet know that Sergei Karjakin was the future contender for the world chess crown.

Final meeting of Ukrainians Ponomarev - Ivanchuk

The 2001-2002 World Cup was held in Moscow. The total prize fund of the tournament was three million dollars. Cash awards were distributed as follows: 1 place - 500 thousand dollars, 2 place - 250 thousand dollars. The way to the final was not an easy one, Ponomarev had to overcome such chess players as Li Venlian (China), Sergey Tivyakov (Holland), Kiril Georgiev (Bulgaria), Alexander Morozevich (Russia), Evgeny Bareev (Russia), Peter Svidler (Russia) .

Vasily Ivanchuk also had hard timesconfrontation, one of which was the most significant - the semi-final stage with the current World Champion Indian Viswanathan Anand. The final standoff took place in January 2002. This year, in Ukraine, the interest in chess has increased as much as two Ukrainians - an 18-year-old guy from Donbass and a 32-year-old Lviv chess player - met in the finals of the World Cup. As a result of a tense confrontation, Ponomarev won with a total score of 4.5 to 2.5 points.

The World of Chess

Ruslan Ponomarev becomes the champion of the world of FIDE,Winning the final match over the famous grandmaster from Lviv Vasily Ivanchuk. Undoubtedly, this achievement turns into a world record - the youngest FIDE world champion. After the World Cup Ruslan Olegovich takes a month's pause, after which he goes to the famous chess tournament in Linares, where he takes second place. Officially, according to FIDE, RO Ponomarev remained world champion until 2004.

Vasily Ivanchuk after the defeat

Head of the Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinovannounced a new world champion. After the victory of Ponomarev Vasily Ivanchuk did not behave in the best way. Instead of worthy and masculine to accept defeat and rejoice for compatriot, V. Ivanchuk began to express impartial things against the already official world champion. "Confrontation with Ponomarev is a farce. To me now it is funny because of what happened, and from the current world champion. This should not have happened, it's fantastic and just a ridiculous accident. It feels like I was not playing chess, but roulette, where luck is the winner. Now that I have carefully studied Ponomarev's game, I can assure you that he has no more chances against me. "

Ruslan Ponomarev biography

The most interesting and amusing followed further. A month later the well-known chess tournament in Linares started, where, according to the results of the draw, the recent Ukrainian finalists had to meet again at the chessboard. And what do you think happened? Ruslan Ponomariov in a beautiful and irreproachable style confidently beat the thirsty Vassily Ivanchuk.

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