Although still only in his mid-30s Kasimdzhanov will struggle to surpass the feat he achieved at 24 when he won the FIDE World Championship in Tripoli, Libya. Despite starting as only the 28th seed he won mini-matches against four of the top five seeds – Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov and ultimately Michael Adams in the final. Garry Kasparov sadly retired before playing a planned match against the FIDE Champion.
In terms of ratings Kasimdzhanov peaked even
earlier. He won the Asian Championship in 1998, finished runner-up in the 1999
World Junior Championship and posted a bronze medal winning performance of
9.5/12 on first board for Uzbekistan at the 2000 Olympiad. That saw him shoot
up to 2706 and no. 11 on the rating list in 2001 while he was still only 21.
Although he’s struggled to cross that mark since he had a chance to lock horns
against the world’s best as a wild card for the 2012-13 FIDE Grand Prix series.
Rustam has also worked as World Champion Viswanathan Anand’s second for three
World Championship matches and coached the German team to victory in the 2011
European Team Championship.