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FIDE World Championship Tournament

Veselin Topalov10/14(+6 -0 =8)[games]
Viswanathan Anand8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[games]
Peter Svidler8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Alexander Morozevich7/14(+3 -3 =8)[games]
Peter Leko6.5/14(+3 -4 =7)[games]
Michael Adams5.5/14(+0 -3 =11)[games]
Rustam Mashrukovich Kasimdzhanov5.5/14(+2 -5 =7)[games]
Judit Polgar4.5/14(+1 -6 =7)[games]

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FIDE World Championship Tournament, 2005
San Luis

The FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 took place in Potrero de los Funes, San Luis Province in Argentina from September 27 to October 16, 2005.

 Topalov wins
Eight of the world's strongest players participated, with the notable exception of Vladimir Kramnik. With so many top level players, everybody was expecting a very close contest, but this was not the case at all. Bulgarian grandmaster Veselin Topalov scored an extraordinary 6.5/7 in the first half, one of the greatest streaks in the history of championship-level chess. After securing such a large lead, he then drew every one of his games in the second half, clinching the victory with one round to spare.[1]

Finishing on 10/14 points, Veselin Topalov was crowned FIDE World Chess Champion.

Chess was still straining under the pressure of a split title, with Kramnik the rightful heir to Kasparov's legacy, and Topalov, in spite of his amazing performance, just another name in the roster of questionable FIDE Champions. However, a unified title was now on the horizon: all it would take is for Topalov and Kramnik to play a match. That match occured, and the title was reunified at the Kramnik vs Topalov World Championship Match held in 2006.


  1. Wikipedia article FIDE World Chess Championship 2005

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morozevich vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½542005FIDE World Championship TournamentB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. Leko vs Topalov 0-1402005FIDE World Championship TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Svidler vs Adams ½-½242005FIDE World Championship TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
4. Judit Polgar vs Anand 0-1412005FIDE World Championship TournamentB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
5. Leko vs Morozevich ½-½682005FIDE World Championship TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. Topalov vs Anand ½-½972005FIDE World Championship TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
7. Adams vs Judit Polgar ½-½482005FIDE World Championship TournamentB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. Kasimdzhanov vs Svidler ½-½242005FIDE World Championship TournamentB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
9. Anand vs Adams 1-0322005FIDE World Championship TournamentC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Svidler vs Leko 1-0312005FIDE World Championship TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov 1-0422005FIDE World Championship TournamentB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
12. Morozevich vs Topalov 0-1742005FIDE World Championship TournamentB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. Morozevich vs Svidler 0-1552005FIDE World Championship TournamentE81 King's Indian, Samisch
14. Kasimdzhanov vs Anand 1-0382005FIDE World Championship TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Topalov vs Adams 1-0382005FIDE World Championship TournamentA30 English, Symmetrical
16. Leko vs Judit Polgar 1-0252005FIDE World Championship TournamentB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. Svidler vs Topalov 0-1442005FIDE World Championship TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Anand vs Leko ½-½602005FIDE World Championship TournamentB33 Sicilian
19. Judit Polgar vs Morozevich ½-½412005FIDE World Championship TournamentC41 Philidor Defense
20. Adams vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½292005FIDE World Championship TournamentB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Kasimdzhanov vs Leko ½-½432005FIDE World Championship TournamentB33 Sicilian
22. Anand vs Svidler ½-½392005FIDE World Championship TournamentC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
23. Judit Polgar vs Topalov 0-1642005FIDE World Championship TournamentC67 Ruy Lopez
24. Adams vs Morozevich ½-½762005FIDE World Championship TournamentB83 Sicilian
25. Leko vs Adams 1-0392005FIDE World Championship TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-05-06  Udit Narayan: This was a great event and Topalov's games were gems!
Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: Can't wait for the next World Championship cycle to begin!
Feb-13-06  TylerD: "The next WC"... Is it decided how it is all going to go down? In this form and shape once again - or in another format? I ve seen references to "candidate matches" - is this really what is happening? Grateful for answers!
Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: <TylerD> The Candidate Matches will take place at the end of this year. Four players from the Candidate Matches will qualify for the next World Championship.
Oct-06-06  samsal27: <The Candidate Matches will take place at the end of this year.> Not matches. It will be a tournament most likely to decide the four spots.
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  tpstar: Precedent:

1000 = Beer

2000 = Ale

3000 = Your Page

4000 = Favorite Player

5000 = Favorite Tournament

San Luis 2005 will go down as the AVRO of our times. Eight of the world's elite faced off in a double round robin for the FIDE World Championship. Stakes were high as the title was up for grabs, but also placing in the top four meant an automatic seed into the 2007 cycle. This event was an organizer's dream come true, featuring four exciting, compelling, competitive games every round with few short draws. One disappointment was the conspicuous absence of spectators at the playing site, possibly due to the longstanding disorder in the chess community, compounded by the relatively remote location, and surely affected by Kasparov's recent retirement. Yet the Internet interest was huge, giving a gigantic PR boost to a sport starving for positive press. The sheer success of this tournament format will likely be replicated for future WC cycles, thus starting a new tradition.

Game highlights:

Topalov vs Anand, 2005 The Game from 2005 and from San Luis, a thrilling struggle between the eventual Champion and the Runner-Up. The most kibitzed GM game on with 105 pages of comments to date.

Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 A wild sacrificial slugfest which finished #2 for 2005's favorites Game Collection: 2005's Greatest Chess Games . Unfortunately, this was Polgar's only win and she ended up in 8th place.

Kasimdzhanov vs Anand, 2005 A fine fighting Sicilian with masterful play on the Kingside light squares. I believe this upset affected the overall course of the tournament more than any other game.

Morozevich vs Topalov, 2005 The Rorschach Game.

Anand vs Adams, 2005 Anand won a Chess Informant Best Game prize for this tremendous win, featuring a fine novelty (later analyzed to a likely draw).

Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 Exquisite endgame play and a symbolic passing of the torch from the 2004 Champion to the 2005 Champion.

Svidler vs Topalov, 2005 Fine preparation by Topalov in an ultra-sharp line, besting the #3 finisher.

Oct-06-06  NakoSonorense: Congratulations on your 5000th post, tpstar! Great choice.
Oct-07-06  samsal27: <tpstar> Great post. Congrats!
Sep-03-07  ViciousMentality: Look at the logo of this tournament...

it looks like the white queen is cheating!!!

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  Cactus: Some of the pictures of this this tourney are pretty funny. If you look in the stands, there's just one of the players friends and maybe a camera man. :P
Jun-27-09  MarvinTsai: 1. Topalov wins almost all the games in the first round. 2. The only one player Topalov drew 2 games with is Anand. 3. In chessgames database Topalov has nearly even score with most of the participants, except Anand.

It looks like a perfect journey for Topalov, he really did his best.

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  percyblakeney: <MarvinTsai> If rapid games are removed Topalov even has a plus score against Anand. Regarding San Luis, a few years back it was often claimed that Topalov's successes in 2005 were caused by inferior cheating controls. For example Bareev said that he knew that Topalov had been cheating systematically for years, and others implied the same thing.

But over the last year and a half Topalov has been performing better than he did in 2005. If he was cheating back then he should somehow be cheating even better now in spite of all the improved controls. His Elo performance has been close to 2850 for well over a year, comparable to Kasparov at his peak in that respect.

It is impossible to prove that someone (regardless if it is Topalov or Kurnosov or anyone else) has not been cheating at this or that occasion in the past. But if someone relies on systematical cheating to improve, it must be very hard to improve even more when cheating is made impossible.

Jun-27-09  MarvinTsai: First of all I would like to say cheating is still possible. Just recently computers become stronger than human and we are still learning how to cheat and how to detect. Cheating is like magic, after you know the trick, it's nothing, but before that, you are just stunned by the performance. I think sooner or later matches will be held in a electromagnetic-isolated room and the broadcast will be delay for 1 or 2 moves. To me it's like using high speed camera to judge a tennis game.

Secondly, yeah, I guess it's quite difficult to analyze games statistically to find the implication. If I want to cheat all the way to the top, I will do 3 things:

1. Find or even research a communication device that is so..... magic(like you see in a movie)

2. Find a reliable computer that whacks nearly every GM on ICC(but no one ever notice that)

3. Randomly use them. Only need a dice to do that. The point is, NEVER try to cheat for a specific move or a specific game or even a specific tournament.

But you can see that the problem for the cheater is: it's much more efficient and convenient to cheat at some significant moves and games. So, if someone cheat, the only chance for the chess detective is look at the killer moves. Of course the cheater knows that too, but if someone is greedy and succeeds once, he will only get greedier.

However, I don't know if anyone cheat. All I can say is: this is a perfect performance from Topalov. If you want, you may find many subtle "hints" like he loves bishops, he inclines to attack, he is a fine example of Sofia rule, he plays classical game control better than rapid and blitz, he has been able to get even stronger in his early thirties since he got GM norm at 17... but none of above is decisive. In 2009, between Anand's win and Topalov's next great success, everyone can believe what he wants to believe.

Aug-10-09  WhiteRook48: 2009 Topalov-Anand, who wins?
Aug-10-09  Dredge Rivers: <WhiteRook48> No one, because they aren't playing until 2010! Do try to keep up!
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  HeMateMe: Just realized, looking over the old list of champions, how they got there, that Topalov never actually won a match to be champion. He won a sort of Candidates tournament, kind of like when Alekhine died and they held a tournament in 1948 to crown a new chess champion. This might be Topalov's last chance, the match coming up with Anand. Magnus Carlsen seems to be gaining steam.
May-29-10  indianchessupdates: .

<Topalov never actually won a match to be champion>

For me the 2005 tournament is on Par with the 2007 Tournament and 1948 Tournament - All were World Championship

I would call(Anand, Topalov, Kramnik) all three equals after Legendry Kasaparov's retirement

May-29-10  indianchessupdates: .

Bogoljubov vs Euwe - Two FIDE Championships
Game Collection: Bogoljubov vs Euwe - Two FIDE Championships

In 1928 and early 1929 Efim Bogoljubov and Max Euwe played two matches in Netherland. The first match was played in Amsterodam, Hague and Scheveningen and shortly before its beginning FIDE announced a bit surprisingly in a letter sent to both players that the winner of their match would become Champion of the FIDE. This decision of FIDE was mainly based on and backed by the fact that Max Euwe won Amateur world championship tournament in Hague 1928. The match got a nationwide attention in Netherland and Bogoljubov won it with score 5,5:4,5 (+3-2=5). The success of the first match was so great that one rich chess enthusiast decided to finance a match-revenge, that was held in several cities of Netherland in the end of 1928 and the beginning of 1929. Bogoljubov won this match with the same score as the first one 5,5:4,5 (+2-1=7).

FIDE’s fifth Congress awarded him the title “Champion of FIDE”

In short, the General Assembly approved the Central Committee’s decision to adopt the Bogoljubow v Euwe contest as the first match for the title of FIDE champion

Jul-17-10  jbtigerwolf: I have an idea for the World Chess Championship. It breaks with tradition. Chess is not boxing; that sport has the same type of system as chess, because it is too difficult to stage a boxing world championship from scratch every so often, given the nature of the contest.

Chess should be run more along the lines of golf. Not a knock-out tournament like tennis, but every player still goes into the competition from the early rounds to the final.

Okay, here it is... drum roll...
My Idea For The World Chess Championship:

Have 3 groups of 8 players, the best rated 24 in the world. They should be invited 3 months in advance. Each group should contain players thus:

Group A: 1,6,12,14,18,20,23,24.
Group B: 2,5,11,13,17,19,21,22.
Group C: 3,4, 7, 8, 9, 10,15,16.

Each group has 14 rounds, with every player playing the others twice, once with each colour. After all 3 groups are completed, the highest group winner gains a spot in the Final. The other two group winners play off in a Semi Final match of 8 games. If it is tied, then the highest rated player goes to the Final match of 12 games.

i.e. player 1 wins group A with 11.5/14 and player 2 wins group B with 9/14 and player 4 wins group C with 10/14.

Player 1 (highest rated player in World, if it is not already obvious) got the most points. He was in the easiest group, but that's his reward for being top-rated. He's in the Final.

Player 4 scored more than player 2, but if their Semi Final is tied, then player 2 goes to the Final, again, that's his reward for being higher rated.

If there is a tie for 1st place in any group,then the higher rated player goes through.

All this 'ratings decide the tie-breaks' may seem unfair, but it is to avoid short games deciding what is really the standard game Chess Championship of The World. It is in the spirit of Championships past when, if there was a tie, the incumbent champion stayed Champ.

All the games in the group stage should be played, to both help with ratings and to decide the waiting Finalist / Semi Finalists. Prize money should be hefty, to discourage truancy and 2nds, 3rds, 4ths in each group should get large amounts to encourage struggling players to play harder even if they cannot finish on top.

For the Semi and the Final, once a match is determined (a score of 4.5 or 6.5 respectively) the match is over. This makes sense.

It can be held annually or bi-annually.

Jul-20-10  dumbgai: <I would call(Anand, Topalov, Kramnik) all three equals after Legendry Kasaparov's retirement>

Really? Anand beat both Topalov and Kramnik, and Topalov lost to both Anand and Kramnik...yet you consider them equals?

Jul-20-10  SatelliteDan: Anand's style reminds me of a combination of both Kramnik and Topalov.
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  kevins55555: ♙
Apr-05-11  Kinghunt: <dumbgai: <I would call(Anand, Topalov, Kramnik) all three equals after Legendry Kasaparov's retirement>

Really? Anand beat both Topalov and Kramnik, and Topalov lost to both Anand and Kramnik...yet you consider them equals?>

Match play is only half of the issue. Topalov has won a lot of recent tournaments. Anand has not won a tournament in four years.

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  shivasuri4: 4 years,<kinghunt>?It's been 3 years and 1.5 months or so now.Not really Anand's fault all the time.You can't schedule two world championship matches so close together and expect him to win 'practice' tourneys before the matches.Besides,I think Kasparov retired in 2005,not 2008.So I would place Anand slightly ahead of the other two.
Apr-05-11  Kinghunt: I would actually tend to agree with you that of the three of them, Anand is the strongest. I was just pointing out that match scores are not the whole story, because while his record is the best in post-2005 match play, his tournament record is absolutely atrocious. My mistake, it's "only" been more than three years since Anand won a tournament. He's entered plenty, just without success. Past world champions have managed to win plenty of tournaments even while preparing for matches. In the five year period from 1985-1990, Kasparov played four title matches and yet managed to win 10 (consecutive!) tournaments. Karpov did likewise. Kramnik wasn't a particularly active champion, but he did manage to win about half of the tournaments he entered in. Here is a list of Anand's tournaments from the past 3.5 years:

Corus 2008: Shared 3-4
Linares 2008: 1st, most recent tournament victory
Bilbao 2008: 6th (of 6, aka, dead last)
Linares 2009: 4th
Moscow 2009: Shared 4-5
Corus 2010: Shared 4-5
Bilbao 2010: 2nd (of 4)
Nanjing 2010: 2nd
London 2010: 2nd
Corus 2011: 2nd

So on the bright side, Anand is now getting more second place finishes and fewer 4-5 place or even outright last finishes. On the other hand, he's gone 8 consecutive tournaments without a win, and for half of them, he wasn't even on the podium. Has a reigning world champion ever had such a streak of poor tournament results before?

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