World champion Ponomariov handed defeat

World champion Ruslan Ponomariov defeated 2-0 by GM Alexander Belyavski of Slovenia in the 2nd round of Fide Grand Prix Chess tournament.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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In a major upset, world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Russia was defeated 2-0 by seasoned Grandmaster Alexander Belyavski of Slovenia in the second round of the Fide Grand Prix Chess tournament here today. Belyavski joined the world's highest rated player Garry Kasparov of Russia, who defeated GM Joel Lautier of France 2-0, in the quarter-finals. Others to advance were GM Ilia Smirin of Israel, former world champion GM Alexander Khalifman of Russia, his compatriot GM Evgeny Bareev and World Championship finalist GM Vassily Ivanchuk. (PTI)