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Friday, October 14, 2005

All the right moves

Meet the new face of world chess...

Vesselin Topalov is the new FIDE World Chess Champion. He has bested the tournament favourite and world number one, Vishwanathan Anand. Bulgaria's Sofia News Agency contains this who's who on their national toast.

The World Chess Champion Vesselin Topalov was born March 15, 1975 in the Danube city of Rousse.

He joined the local chess club at the age of seven and six years later won the World Under-14 championship in Aguadilja, Puerto Rico. In 1990 he won a silver medal in the World Under-16 Championship in Singapore and became a grandmaster two years later.

He reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE championship tournament once in 2000 at New Delhi. Topalov qualified for the semifinals of the 2004 FIDE championship tournament in Tripoli, Libya, but lost to Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

He began 2005 by climbing to third place on FIDE's world ranking list, then upheld this position by tying for first at the Linares supertournament with Garry Kasparov. Two months later he won the inaugural MTel Masters (2005) event by a full point over Viswanathan Anand. That fall, in a dominating performance, he won the World Chess Championship (2005) in San Luis, Argentina.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

somehow, i've always had the feeling that vishy was a hyped up champion... i am not doubting his abilities... but whatever one sees of his record, it has been no.2/3 material and not no.1.

just when it seemed that he can come out of kasparov's shadow...

10/15/2005 08:45:00 AM  
Blogger airanand said...

Vishy seems to lose his edge in the really big games..

but not to worry.. innumerable times he has come back from very bad situations very strongly..

according to FIDE ratings Vishy is no.2 still (Kasparov is reigning supreme even after stopping playing).. but Topalov thoroughly deserved to win this one..

10/16/2005 11:15:00 PM  

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