Lausanne hosted the FIDE World Championship 1998 Final Match Karpov-Anand.
This summit had been followed by a prominent yearly Young Masters event from 1999 to 2006, plus an Open Chess Festival series, lasting from 1999 to 2013.
Carlsen played twice at the Lausanne Young Masters (LYM) tournament, held with 8 of the world's best under-20 player.
LAUSANNE Young Masters (LYM) 1999 – 2006
2002 no tournaments
2003 McShane (5. Karjakin)
2004 McShane (5. Carlsen)
2005 Volokitin (5. Carlsen)
Further prominent young, promising players in the Lausanne Youth Masters (LYM):
Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Gashimov (RI.P.), Aronian, Asrian (R.I.P.), Navara, Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Naiditsch, Wojtaszek, Fressinet, Alekseev, Predojevic, Ghaem Maghami, Leitão, Harikrishna, Sasikiran, Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, amongst others,
and Alexandra Kosteniuk, Humpy Koneru, Kateryna Lahno, Elisabeth Pähtz, Tatiana Kosintseva, Nana Dzagnidze, Zhao Xue,
plus from the hosting nation Switzerland: Yannick Pelletier, Florian Jenni, Severin Papa
«Maîtres vs Éspoirs» (closed international tournament)
Lausanne Open Festivals 1999 – 2013
1999 Mark Hebden, 89 players (first edition)
2000 Mladen Palac, 87 players
2001 Petar Genov (on tie-break, then IM, leaving behind > 20 GMs), 114 players
2002 no tournaments
2003 Vladislav Borovikov (on tie-break), 133 players
2004 Vladimir Lazarev (on tie-break), 130 players
2005 Namig Guliyev (on tie-break), 140 players
2006 Daniel Fridman, 128 players
2007 WIM (later WGM) Pauline Guichard, France,
clear first ahead of GMs like Gheorghiu or Gallagher, 87 players
2008 Alexandre Dgebuadze (on tie-break), 95 players
2009 Sebastian Siebrecht, 84 players
2010 Alexandre Dgebuadze (on tie-break), 96 players
2011 Christian Bauer, 97 players
2012 Tigran Gharamian (on tie-break), 89 players
2013 Andrei Istratescu, 90 players (last edition)
Lausanne 1998: A peculiar match
Twenty years ago, in January 1998, Viswanathan Anand and Anatoly Karpov battled their match for the FIDE World Chess Championship in Lausanne — under rather peculiar circumstances:
Anand had qualified for the match by winning the big knock-out tournament in Groningen but then had to go immediately to Lausanne to play for the title — without a break or time for preparation.
Karpov was seeded directly into that match, without any qualification stages.
Garry Kasparov, PCA World Champion, was absent. Vladimir Kramnik, then number two in world, too, boycotted the World Championship in Groningen because he did not agree with the privileges given to Karpov. Anand, then no. 3 of the world, thus was the highest rated player in Groningen, and he won the knock-out competition in December 1997.
The venue of the title match in January 1998 was the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, located directly at Lake Geneva.
Landlord of the beautiful building was Juan Antonio Samaranch, at that time President of the International Olympic Committee. He visited the match every day and followed the games.
FIDE and its president Kirsan Ilyumshinov
tried to make Chess an Olympic discipline.
Alas, since then there has not been any progress in this direction..
Retrospective report by Dagobert Kohlmeyer in ChessBase: