Champions Rapid: Participants
Viswanthan Anand Werner Hug Anatoly Karpov Alexander Khalifman Vladimir Kramnik Judith Polgar Ruslan Ponomariov Veselin Topalov
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Ruslan Ponomariov
Ponomariov, Ruslan
Born 1983 in Horlivka/Ukraine; Grandmaster 1998; peak Elo rating: 2743; World Champion (FIDE) 2002-2004; World Team Championship 2001; Chess Olympiad, Gold Medal: 2004; notable tournament victories: Odessa 2005, Moscow 2006. In 1998 his grandmaster title made him the then youngest player to ever hold the title.
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