Anand vs Topalov, 2010
After defeating Gata Kamsky in the eight-game challenger match, Bulgarian
grandmaster Veselin Topalov once again found himself
preparing for a World Championship title match. The match took place in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 24 to May 13, 2010.
The title match was mostly following the format of Anand-Kramnik 2008 and Kramnik-Topalov 2006 in that 12 games would be played, with a series of successively
faster tiebreak rounds if needed. Topalov demanded that the match be played in silence, in the style of the "Sofia
Rules" which require draws to be mitigated by an arbiter.
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According to FIDE regulations, reigning champion Viswanathan Anand had the
right to refuse Sofia as a suitable location, as that would give Topalov the "home field" advantage. However, Anand
raised no objections. The match was delayed due to air travel disruptions caused by the eruption of the Icelandic
volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which offset the entire schedule by one day.
The match was grueling and dynamic, with five decisive games, and some unexpected surprises in the openings. Topalov got
off to a great start, demolishing Anand's Grunfeld in the first game in only
30 moves. Anand struck back in game two demonstrating his mastery of the
Catalan opening, and in game four took the lead, but the ever-aggressive Topalov seemed to have a psychological edge
even while trailing. Tied 5.5 apiece, Anand chose the drawish Lasker Defense of the Queen's Gambit for the last game, and quickly equalized. In an effort to create winning chances,
Topalov captured the pawn offered by Anand. Topalov soon found himself defending against a sharp attack and lost,
thereby ending the match without the need for tiebreaks.
"Vishy" once again defended his title. In a post-match interview Anand mentioned that in addition to his normal team of
seconds, he also received help in preparation from Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.
FINAL SCORE: Anand 6½; Topalov 5½
Reference: game collection FIDE World Chess Championship, Sofia, 2010
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- Wikipedia article World Chess Championship 2010