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Anand vs Topalov, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria

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.

 Vishy Topalov 2010
 Anand defends his title in enemy territory.

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.[1]

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.

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FINAL SCORE:  Anand 6½;  Topalov 5½
Reference: game collection FIDE World Chess Championship, Sofia, 2010

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs Anand 1-0302010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. Anand vs Topalov 1-0432010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Topalov vs Anand ½-½462010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Anand vs Topalov 1-0322010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Topalov vs Anand ½-½442010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Anand vs Topalov ½-½582010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Anand vs Topalov ½-½582010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Topalov vs Anand 1-0562010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Anand vs Topalov ½-½832010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Topalov vs Anand ½-½602010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
11. Anand vs Topalov ½-½652010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. Topalov vs Anand 0-1562010Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Apr-16-10  nikiml: probably a better translation from

<I do not know. It would not be desirable to argue on it now. We with Veselin have reached in chess practically everything of what dreamt. Even, perhaps, a little it is more than that, on what hoped years 15 or 20 back. Topalov was the world champion, became the first number in the rating-list, won all largest super tournaments... To It now 34, his career proceeds, but as it is accepted to speak, it is already daring. Awfully it would be desirable to win a match against Anand, but chess is sports, means, it is possible both to win, and to lose. In any case, I will be proud that the match has taken place that I managed to organise event so big and so necessary to chess. >

Apr-16-10  The Rocket: "I believe Anand has become too predictable these days. "

He has been hiding the preperaton, thats why he just plays the spanish nowdays, still you would think that a player of his caliber would still beat the lower rated guys even if he doesnt play his "own" opening but he has so far drawn a dozen games with it.

Anand will probably play the sicilian najdorf against e4, against d4 I no clue maybe semi-slav again? it worked well the last time around:).

Apr-16-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <nikiml>

Cool. Either way, it represents a sharp departure from his standard "Topalov is the best player in the world and everybody knows that, so of course he will win" reply.

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  siamesedream: <Topalov is the best player in the world>

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  Petrosianic: Yeah, but after that, his chances of being cool are gone forever.
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  siamesedream: >>Veselin Topalov's manager Silvio Danailov, who arrived in Essent before game four, with a miniature gimmick item conjuring up memories of "Toiletgate".

Peter Doggers, who took the picture, reports that the day before Veselin had joked in the press room: “I will not play here without cameras in the toilets.” Judit Polgar answered to that: “Well, not in my toilet!” Topalov then added: “And I want the tapes too!”<<:

Apr-16-10  The Rocket: "He did look a lot younger than I've seen him look before"


Apr-16-10  A Karpov Fan: So who is Anand's surprise second?
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  Petrosianic: It would be hilarious if it were Kramnik. It would be like something out of the World Wrestling Federation.

But sadly, chess is rarely that funny.

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  Bobsterman3000: Even Kasparov had high praise for Anand's preparation before the Kramnik match.

You can expect more of the same for Anand.

Apr-16-10  ounos: <<Topalov is the best player in the world> >

Thanks for that!!!

Apr-16-10  The Rocket: What in the world is Topalov wearing?
Apr-16-10  bharatiy: cant you see its photo-shopped
Apr-16-10  laskersteinitz: <The Rocket: "I believe Anand has become too predictable these days. " He has been hiding the preperaton, thats why he just plays the spanish nowdays, still you would think that a player of his caliber would still beat the lower rated guys even if he doesnt play his "own" opening but he has so far drawn a dozen games with it.>

I definitely think Anand could have won a few games at Corus (2010) without revealing any of his preparation.

Apr-16-10  Kazzak: I take it you mean "won a few more"?

I would point out that Anand is the only player without a loss in that group.

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  TheFocus: <A Karpov Fan>< So who is Anand's surprise second?> Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov, the so-called Dream Team. That's right, you read it here first. Garry let it slip at a party we were at together. Don't tell anybody else.
Apr-16-10  laskersteinitz: It is highly unlikely that Carlsen or Kramnik are working with Anand, as either one of them is likely to face him in a Candidates or World Championship match within the next 2 years.
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  TheFocus: Actually, Anand is crossing the gender line. Surprise second will be Humpy.
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  Petrosianic: Whoever it is, I hope they're interviewed in a mask (I'm determined to work the WWF angle in here somewhere).
Apr-16-10  Aspat: Anand has won the world championship in 3 formats, besides he has won rapid chess world championship too. That DOES make him a complete player and noone can doubt his strength. Thus Anand has a small edge from the start of the match.
Apr-16-10  Aspat: Anand's team must have included Surya Ganguly, without any doubt. Cannot guess about other team members.
Apr-16-10  Aspat: <laskersteinitz> i agree that inclusion of carlsen, kramnik is highly unlikely because they are his potential opponents in WC or candidates.
Apr-16-10  Aspat: Silvio Danailov must be 'preparing' hard; maybe his preparation is more important than Topa.
Apr-16-10  Aspat: <topalov- my "plus" is "minus five" in the age.> In what sense this 'small' age difference is 'plus' for him?
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  Check It Out: The recent tournaments featuring Anand and Topalov were an interesting dichotomy in approach: Anand played it super-solid, and Topalov played like he loves chess.

Conclusion: who can say which is the correct way to prepare to win the World Championships of chess?

The contrast presents interesting questions, however: do you practice being unbeatable, with strong but conservative moves, prior to playing mind-blowing chess? Or, do you blow out the carbon with some "highly interesting" chess moves, and then go in for the kill completely warmed up?

Only Caissa can (and will) say. In the end, it makes for good drama, and this matchup has all the makings of a classic clash of heavy weights.

One week, gentlemen (and ladies)!

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