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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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Anand01½1½½½0½½½1
Topalov10½0½½½1½½½0

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

NOTABLE GAMES   [what is this?]
    · Game #4     Anand vs Topalov, 2010     1-0
    · Game #1     Topalov vs Anand, 2010     1-0
    · Game #12     Topalov vs Anand, 2010     0-1

FOOTNOTES
1. Wikipedia article World Chess Championship 2010

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs Anand 1-030 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. Anand vs Topalov 1-043 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Topalov vs Anand ½-½46 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Anand vs Topalov 1-032 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Topalov vs Anand ½-½44 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Anand vs Topalov ½-½58 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Anand vs Topalov ½-½58 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Topalov vs Anand 1-056 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Anand vs Topalov ½-½83 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Topalov vs Anand ½-½60 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
11. Anand vs Topalov ½-½65 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. Topalov vs Anand 0-156 2010 Anand - Topalov World Chess ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
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May-24-10  montree: <Ulhumbrus> Nice long post. tldr:"The better player won the match." Agree!!
May-24-10  jhoro: <BadKnight: <Debilitating 20-hr trip, followed by only four days of rest> 40 hr>

According to their own account, they left Budapest at 8am after 9.5 hour stay at a hotel and arrived in Sofia at 5:30am next morning with 1.5 hrs waiting for the ferry to take them across the river "Romania" this is exactly 20hr driving. If you want to include all stopovers and sleepovers why not start from when Anand left Spain. This way it will be an epic 120 hr trip. Or maybe start from whenever he was last in India.

May-24-10  jhoro: The most ridiculous part is that according to <Ulhumbrus> he was still suffering from that epic journey 3 weeks later in game 9. I'm pro Topalov, but I'm glad Anand won (deservedly and with better play). Can't believe the whining that would have ensued if Anand had lost.
May-24-10  Petrosianic: <LOL ... this is so pathetically silly it is almost funny.>

Agreed, but no sillier than Topalov's ridiculous excuses. Less silly really, because at least it comes from an internet armchair quarterback rather than from the player himself.

<A blunder is precisely what decided the match. Accept the fact that Anand does not walk on water, but he did defend his title!>

I'd call it trying too hard to win, rather than a blunder, but that's a quibble. Again, I have to agree. Every match has excuses, but the bottom line is that Anand agreed to play with only a 1 day delay, and had to accept the results. As far as I can tell, he did. I haven't seen a word of excuse from Anand about either Game 1 or Game 9, while Topalov is claiming to have missed 4 wins, none of which he demonstrated, and none of which I've been able to find, even with Fritz. The question of whether he's a better or worse sport than Anand is clear. He's much worse. The question of whether he's a better or worse sport than some anonymous guy on the internet is unimportant.

May-24-10  badest: <Petrosianic: The question of whether he's a better or worse sport than some anonymous guy on the internet is unimportant.> +1 ... :)

I think maybe 1 of these 4 games was "winnable" ... the one where Topa had the 2 bishops.

I agree that Topa's excuses were more than lame. Don't know why he does that ... for the fans (?) or for the sponsors (??) ... who knows. He himself shakes off defeats pretty quickly.

... and make no mistake, I like Anand, he is a classy player. I just get tired with some of his fans...

May-24-10
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  chancho: The better player won.

The detractors may not agree, but that's the bottom line.

Wins over Kramnik and Topalov.

You gotta be very good at Chess to be able to pull that feat off.

May-24-10  BadKnight: in case of any confusion, anand clarifies that all big three..kasparov, kramnik and carlsen offered help on their own. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...
May-24-10  BadKnight: another interview http://www.ndtv.com/news/videos/vid... and another one
http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/116108...
May-25-10  Mr. Bojangles: <badest: I agree that Topa's excuses were more than lame. Don't know why he does that ... for the fans (?) or for the sponsors (??) ... who knows. He himself shakes off defeats pretty quickly. >

Yeah, he shakes off defeats pretty quickly with excuses as we saw in Elista and Sofia.

May-25-10  iamsheaf: <I think maybe 1 of these 4 games was "winnable" ... the one where Topa had the 2 bishops.> Although from practical point of view it was difficult for black. But objectively I don't believe there was a win anywhere.
May-25-10  Rachit: If Topa had four winnable games and he screwed all of them, i feel it only shows the superiority of his machine cluster and his personal inferiority Over the Board. Admiration for his chess skills takes a new dip.
May-25-10  Mr. Bojangles: <Rachit: If Topa had four winnable games and he screwed all of them, i feel it only shows the superiority of his machine cluster and his personal inferiority Over the Board. Admiration for his chess skills takes a new dip.>

Very well said. That exactly is the implication.

Similar to what we heared after Elista, Topalov had "all the initiative, all the winning chances" but keept losing? What does that really say about him?

May-25-10
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  Rolfo: The two players can assess the position OTB and possible developments differently.. If the one or the other is unable to see his opponents counterplay at a given moment during the play, well he might wrongly believe he himself is winning ..
May-25-10  badest: <Rolfo: The two players can assess the position OTB and possible developments differently.. If the one or the other is unable to see his opponents counterplay at a given moment during the play, well he might wrongly believe he himself is winning ..> lol ... that is so true ... happens to me all the time, but, it should not happen too often if one is a 2800+ monster. (On the other hand, maybe Topa is over-optimistic by nature ;)
May-25-10  hedgeh0g: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...

Just read this article on the Bulgarian response to the match and it doesn't seem like the heads of Bulgarian chess are being particularly good sports about Anand's victory.

<He realized that he could not enter into a direct confrontation with Topalov, just wait and rely on his opponent to go wrong and then strike.>

This strikes me as particularly amusing when I think of game 1 and that opposite-coloured bishops ending...

Also, I didn't realise Anand got paid an additional fee for agreeing to play in Sofia, although it does explain his willingness to play there.

May-25-10  mithundada: topalov is coming across as a seriously deluded maniac - who fails to accept his short-comings. He has really alienated himself from most of the top level players.

History will regard as Vishy Anand as a gentleman, a true sporting hero & chess champion - whilst topa will be seen as a bad loser and maniacal

May-25-10  samikd: from http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Silvion Danailov :

<despite their so called super team, we were still much superior in the openings. Only in two games they showed some decent ideas. This was game 4 with white and game 12 with black when they succeeds to equalize the position quickly. The rest of the games our team totally dominated in the openings. Anand was suffering with black in all games (except the last one) and no advantage at all with white (except game 4). And I can tell you more: I will never exchange Cheparinov for all of these guys together. Cheparinov is much better and much more creative than Kasparov, Carlsen, etc.>

<Topalov lost, but he was attacking and was creative during the whole match. Anand was only defending, nothing more. Brilliant defence, by the way! But maybe the fans expect different way of play from the Champion, a more inspiring one...>

While that was not all that surprising, this is Mr Sergiev, who doesn't even pretend to have any amount of neutrality or class expected of a person holding an official position

<I think Topalov was much closer to victory than Anand and had the initiative during most of the match. But in the second half he was unable to stand fast, maybe mentally. Anand did not reveal anything new. He showed that he is far from his best years, but also that he was very well prepared mentally. He realized that he could not enter into a direct confrontation with Topalov, just wait and rely on his opponent to go wrong and then strike.>

<Russians are trying to spread, that the illegal methods they used to win the championship in Elista would be used in Sofia to help Topalov to win. The whole world saw that everything was perfect organised in Sofia, both players were placed in a level playing field and given the opportunity to show their true capabilities. So we are no longer dealing with detective stories of chips in the brains, etc. which the Russians began to develop on the day when Topalov became World Champion in San Luis in 2005.>

These guys are not sore losers. There is only word in the English language that I know of, which describes these people . <PATHETIC>

May-25-10  Petrosianic: <I think maybe 1 of these 4 games was "winnable">

"Winnable" is an interesting term. I take it that it means something less than "won", but still highly advantageous.

For some reason it reminds me of a game Huebner played at Montreal 1979. I don't remember the opponent now, but Huebner was Black, and in a a really tight bind. He had to find something like 6 or 7 hard-to-find "Only" moves (meaning that they were literally the ONLY moves that would have saved the game) in a row. Somehow he found them all and drew the game.

So, was the game won? Well no, the saving moves were there, and he found them all. But was the game "winnable"? Yes, very much so. I think this is similar to what you're talking about here. People tend to think that if Fritz or Rybka gives a move two question marks, that it's the same kind of thing as hanging your Queen on an open board. It's not so. Some double question mark moves are far from obvious. That's why I'm reluctant to say that Anand just blundered Game 9 away. He did blow it all in one move, yes, but it was a game where he was under pressure the whole way, and had to find many intricate defenses, while Topalov, on the other hand, could have played just about anything and not lost. If you keep the pressure up on an opponent properly that way, then a fair amount of the time he's going to fall into the pit. It's not a fluke.

May-25-10  Mr. Bojangles: <Russians are trying to spread, that the illegal methods they used to win the championship in Elista would be used in Sofia to help Topalov to win.>

How is it possible that the whole world could see that Topalov and Danailov concocted a ruse on a grand scale in Elista and no one in Bulgaria can't? Not a SINGLE Bulgarian has come forward with an opposing view to the garbage above.

I find this most perplexing ... "it don't make no sense".

May-25-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  SetNoEscapeOn: <Russians are trying to spread, that the illegal methods they used to win the championship in Elista would be used in Sofia to help Topalov to win.>

FIDE needs to take action on these comments and at least censure this guy, fine him, something.

May-25-10  pamparana: <How is it possible that the whole world could see that Topalov and Danailov concocted a ruse on a grand scale in Elista and no one in Bulgaria can't?>

Fanatic nationalism. Hitler would be proud.

May-25-10  Petrosianic: "They're Bulgarians, they have very simple tastes." -- Dave Lister.

Now, if only they can play the next match in Nodnol, rather than Sofia. (You remember: Nodnol, Bulgaria -- rich in animal produce and mineral wealth, just south of Bosnia.)

May-25-10
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  Jim Bartle: It can also have to do with the information people are given. I suspect the people of Bulgaria were fed information biased toward Topalov's point of view.

I've seen that happen on various themes many times.

May-25-10  samikd: <SetNoEscapeOn:> <Russians are trying to spread, that the illegal methods they used to win the championship in Elista would be used in Sofia to help Topalov to win.>

<FIDE needs to take action on these comments and at least censure this guy, fine him, something.>

Really, how can an official head of a chess federation (under FIDE) say this and not face action ?

May-25-10  peddagunnu: Here is Topalov giving some props to Anand and making fairly valid points on Anand's shortcomings.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...

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