1997 Candidates Tournament
Groningen, Netherlands, 11-12/1997

For the final Cycle, FIDE abandoned the Interzonal/Candidates format, and combined the two events into one. The Candidates, as it had been since 1965 was a Knockout Event, but it was extended to a full 7 rounds, the 1st round being a Round of 128 (though not that many players actually participated, due to byes and seeding). Due to the sheer number of players, most of the rounds consisted of matches consisting of a mere 2 games, with Rapids games used to break all ties.

The winner of this tournament qualified to play a FIDE Championship match with Anatoly Karpov... one month later.

ROUND 1  (Round of 128)  (Best of 2)
ROUND 2  (Round of 64)   (Best of 2)
ROUND 3  (Round of 32)   (Best of 2)
ROUND 4  (Round of 16)   (Best of 2)
ROUND 5  (Round of 8)    (Best of 2)
ROUND 6  (Round of 4)    (Best of 4)
ROUND 7  (Round of 2)    (Best of 6)

ROUND 8  FIDE Championship  (Best of 6)
RESULT  Anatoly Karpov retains the FIDE Championship

In the event of a tie match, there was a two game
Rapids Playoff.  If the match was still tied after this, 
an unlimited number of Sudden Death games
were played until a winner was reached.

ANAND'S COMPOSITE RESULTS
     STAND   RAPIDS  OPPONENT
R1:  Bye
R2:  +2-0=0          vs. Nikolic
R3:  +0-0=2  +1-0=3  vs. Khalifman
R4:  +2-0=0          vs. Almasi
R5:  +1-0=1          vs. Shirov
R6:  +1-0=1          vs. Gelfand
R7:  +0-0=2  +1-0=6  vs. Adams
     ------  ------
     +6-0=6  +2-0=9

FC:  +2-2=2  +0-2=0  vs. Karpov



ROUND 1  (The Round of 128),     12/9 - 12/10/1997

                      1 2  3 4  5
Aleksandrov, A              1  3
Gulko, B                    0  2
 
                      1 2  3 4  5
Benjamin, J                 0  2
Zvjaginsev, V               1  3
 
                      1 2
Rublevsky, S          1 1  2
Spraggett, K          0 0  0
 
                      1 2  3 4  5
Kindermann, S         1 0  0 1  1  3
Yermolinsky, A        0 1  1 0  0  2
 
                      1 2
Rozentalis, E          1  1
Lerner, K              0   
 
                      1 2
Petursson, M          0    
Oll, L                1   1
 
                      1 2
Krasenkow, M          1   1
Van der Sterren, P    0    
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6 7 8 9
Christiansen, L                 0  5
Andersson, U                    1  4
 
                      1 2  3 4  5
Chernin, A               1 0  0  2
Istratescu, A            0 1  1  3
 
                      1 2
Slobodjan, R          1   1
Leko, P               0    
 
                      1 2  3 4
Seirawan, Y              1 1  3
Anastasian, A            0 0  1
 
                      1 2  3 4
Kurajica, B           1 0  0   1
Granda Zuniga, J      0 1  1   2
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6 7
Giorgadze, G                  1  4
Bacrot, E                     0  3
 
                      1 2
Fominyh, A            0    
Tkachiev, V           1   1
 
                      1 2
Malaniuk, V           1 1  2
Hamdouchi, H          0 0  0
 
                      1 2
Peng Xiaomin           0   
Almasi, Z              1  1
 
                      1 2
Alterman, B           1   1
Wells, P              0    
 
                      1 2
Van der Wiel, J        0   
Ehlvest, J             1  1
 
                      1 2
Korchnoi, V           1   1
Hernandez, G          0    
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Luther, T                    1  3
Portisch, L                  0  2
 
                      1 2
Adianto, U            1 1  2
Wang Zili             0 0  0
 
                      1 2  3 4  5
Barua, D                    0  2
Hracek, Z                   1  3
 
                      1 2  3 4     
Hjartarson, J             1  2
Sulskis, S                0  1
 
                      1 2  3 4
Glek, I               1 0   0  1
Nijboer, F            0 1   1  2
 
                      1 2  3 4
Hansen, C             1 0  0   1
Miladinovic, I        0 1  1   2
 
                      1 2  3 4  5
Shaked, T                   1  3
Morovic,                    0  2
 
                      1 2
Milos, G              1 1  2
Murshed, N            0 0  0
 
                      1 2
Smyslov, V            0 0  0
Morozevich, A         1 1  2
 
                      1 2
Sutovskij, E          0    
Garcia, Gild          1   1
 
                      1 2
Gretarsson, H          1  1
Illescas Cordoba, M    0   
 
                      1 2  3 4
Kotronias, V              0  1
Milov, V                  1  2
 
                      1 2
Hoeksema, E            0   
Nenashev, A            1  1
 
                      1 2
Sokolov, A            1   1
Kobese, W             0    
 
                      1 2
Umgaev, A             0 0  0
Bologan, V            1 1  2
                           





ROUND 2  (The Round of 64),     12/11 - 12/13/1997

                      1 2  3 4
Azmaiparashvili, Z       1   2
Slobodjan, R             0   1
 
                      1 2
Nikolic, P            0 0  0
Anand, V              1 1  2
 
                      1 2
Topalov, V             0   
Piket, J               1  1
 
                      1 2
Seirawan, Y           1   1
Ivanchuk, V           0    
 
                      1 2
Beliavsky, A           1  1
Timman, J              0   
 
                      1 2
Granda Zuniga, J      0    
Shirov, A             1   1
 
                      1 2
Adams, M              1 1  2
Giorgadze, G          0 0  0
 
                      1 2  3 4
Tkachiev, V              1 1  3
Salov, V                 0 0  1
 
                      1 2
Bareev, E             1 1  2
Malaniuk, V           0 0  0
 
                      1 2
Almasi, Z              1  1
Polgar, J              0   
 
                      1 2  3 4
Georgiev, K               1  2
Alterman, B               0  1
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Ehlvest, J                  0 0  2
Sadler, M                   1 1  4
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Short, N                     1  3
Korchnoi, V                  0  2
 
                      1 2
Luther, T              0   
Akopian, V             1  1
 
                      1 2
Svidler, P            1   1
Adianto, U            0    
 
                      1 2
Hracek, Z             0    
Lautier, J            1   1
 
                      1 2  3 4
Aleksandrov, A            1  2
Hjartarson, J             0  1
 
                      1 2
Nijboer, F            0 0  0
Khalifman, A          1 1  2
 
                      1 2
Van Wely, L            1  1
Miladinovic, I         0   

                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Kaidanov, G              0 1  0 0  2
Zvjaginsev, V            1 0  1 1  4

                      1 2
Rublevsky, S           1  1
Shaked, T              0   

                      1 2
Milos, G              1 1  2
Kindermann, S         0 0  0
 
                      1 2
Rozentalis, E         0    
Tiviakov, S           1   1
 
                      1 2
Morozevich, A         0    
Oll, L                1   1
 
                      1 2
Krasenkow, M          1   1
Garcia, Gild          0    
 
                      1 2
Gretarsson, H          0   
Jussupow, A            1  1
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6  7
Andersson, U          1 0  1 0     0  3
Milov, V              0 1  0 1     1  4
 
                      1 2
Nenashev, A            0   
Dreev, A               1  1
 
                      1 2
Istratescu, A         0 0  0
Sokolov, A            1 1  2
 
                      1 2
Bologan, V            0 0  0
Vaganian, R           1 1  2
 
                      1 2  3 4
Sokolov, I            1 0   0  1
Epishin, V            0 1   1  2







ROUND 3  (The Round of 32),     12/14 - 12/16/1997


                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Lautier, J               0 1  0 0  2
Gelfand, B               1 0  1 1  4
 
                      1 2
Azmaiparashvili, Z    1   1
Aleksandrov, A        0    
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Khalifman, A                0   2
Anand, V                    1   3
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Piket, J                 0 1   0  2
Van Wely, L              1 0   1  3
 
                      1 2  3 4
Zvjaginsev, V             1  2
Seirawan, Y               0  1
 
                      1 2  3 4
Beliavsky, A             1   2
Rublevsky, S             0   1
 
                      1 2  3 4
Milos, G                  0  1
Shirov, A                 1  2
 
                      1 2
Adams, M              1   1
Tiviakov, S           0    
 
                      1 2  3 4
Oll, L                   0   1
Tkachiev, V              1   2
 
                      1 2
Bareev, E             0    
Krasenkow, M          1   1
 
                      1 2
Jussupow, A            0   
Almasi, Z              1  1
 
                      1 2
Georgiev, K            1  1
Milov, V               0   
 
                      1 2
Dreev, A               1  1
Sadler, M              0   
 
                      1 2
Short, N              1 1  2
Sokolov, A            0 0  0
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6  7
Vaganian, R                    0  3
Akopian, V                     1  4
 
                      1 2
Svidler, P            1   1
Epishin, V            0    






ROUND 4  (The Round of 16),     12/17 - 12/19/1997

                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Tkachiev, V              0 1   0  2
Gelfand, B               1 0   1  3
 
                      1 2  3 4
Dreev, A                 1 1  3
Zvjaginsev, V            0 0  1
 
                      1 2
Almasi, Z             0 0  0
Anand, V              1 1  2
 
                      1 2
Akopian, V             0   
Shirov, A              1  1
 
                      1 2
Azmaiparashvili, Z          1 0  0  3
Krasenkow, M                0 1  1  4
 
                      1 2  3 4
Beliavsky, A          1 0  0 0  1
Short, N              0 1  1 1  3
 
                      1 2
Van Wely, L           1   1
Georgiev, K           0    
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6
Adams, M                 0 1  1 1  4
Svidler, P               1 0  0 0  2






ROUND 5  (The Round of 8),     12/20 - 12/22/1997


                      1 2  3 4
Gelfand, B                1  2
Dreev, A                  0  1
 
                      1 2
Anand, V              1   1
Shirov, A             0    
 
                      1 2
Short, N              1 1  2
Krasenkow, M          0 0  0
 
                      1 2  3 4
Adams, M                  1  2
Van Wely, L               0  1




ROUND 5  (The Round of 8),     12/23 - 12/25/1997


                      1 2  3 4
Gelfand, B                1  2
Dreev, A                  0  1

                      1 2
Anand, V              1   1
Shirov, A             0    

                      1 2
Short, N              1 1  2
Krasenkow, M          0 0  0

                      1 2  3 4
Adams, M                  1  2
Van Wely, L               0  1





ROUND 6  (The Round of 4),     12/23 - 12/25/1997


                      1 2
Gelfand, B             0   
Anand, V               1  1
 
                      1 2  3 4  5 6  7
Adams, M              1 0        1  4
Short, N              0 1        0  3





ROUND 7  (The Round of 4),     12/26 - 12/30/1997

                      1 2 3 4  5 6  7 8  9
Adams, M                         0  4
Anand, V                         1  5




ROUND 8  (FIDE Championship Match),     1/1998
(Best of 6, two game Rapid playoff, if tied)

                     
            1 2 3 4 5 6   7 8  
Karpov, A   1 0  1  0   1 1  5
Anand, V    0 1  0  1   0 0  3


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