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2010 World Chess Championship
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★★★ INTRO ★★★

The 2010 World Chess Championship was a match between 40 year old defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India and 35 year old challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

★★★ QUALIFICATION ★★★

In 2005 (see Game Collection: 2005 FIDE World Chess Championship for games and more info), Topalov won a double round robin to be declared FIDE champion. In 2006 (see Game Collection: 2006 World Chess Championship for games and more info), he played a reunification match against Vladimir Kramnik and lost. This meant that he was not eligible to participate in the 2007 Championship (see Game Collection: 2007 World Chess Championship for games and more info). However, he did receive an advantage for the 2010 Qualification.

In 2007, FIDE held a World Cup (see World Chess Cup (2007) for games and more info). 128 players participated, with the winner getting to face Topalov in a Candidates match. The first 6 rounds (up to the semi-finals) would be best of 2 matches, while the finals were best of 4. If any matches were tied, 2 rapid games followed by 2 blitz games and 1 armaggedon game would follow. Gata Kamsky won the tournament by defeating Ahmed Adly 1 1/2-1/2, Boris Avrukh by the same score, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev 1 1/2-1/2, Peter Svidler 2 1/2-1 1/2 on tiebreaks, Ruslan Ponomariov 1 1/2-1/2, Magnus Carlsen by the same score and Alexey Shirov 2 1/2-1/2. This earned Kamsky the right to challenge Topalov for a match against Anand in the World Championship.

In 2009, Kamsky faced Topalov in an 8 game match to see who would the challenger for Anand's match (see Topalov - Kamsky Candidates Final (2009) for games). Topalov emerged victorious 4 1/2-2 1/2 for the right to challenge Anand.

★★★ CONDITIONS ★★★

The match was played in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was a best of 12, with the first to 6 1/2 points being the champion. If it was tied 6-6, four rapid games would be played. If it was still tied, then 5 2-game blitz matches would be played as necessary. If it was still tied, one armageddon game would be played. Game 1 was delayed a day and played on April 24th, 2010.

★★★ NOTABLE GAMES ★★★

Game 1: Topalov vs Anand, 2010

Game 2: Anand vs Topalov, 2010

Game 4: Anand vs Topalov, 2010

★★★ FINAL ★★★

The final game was played on May 13th, 2010. Entering Game 12, the match was tied 5 1/2-5 1/2. Topalov had the white pieces, but if either player won the game, they would be declared world champion. Otherwise, it would go into tiebreaks.

Game 12: Topalov vs Anand, 2010

With the win, Anand had defended his title for the 2nd consecutive time by the score of 6 1/2-5 1/2.

★★★ MINI TABLE ★★★

Anand 0 1 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 (3 wins, 2 losses and 7 draws) <54.2% score>

Topalov 1 0 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 (2 wins, 3 losses and 7 draws) <45.8% score>

★★★ OTHER LINKS ★★★

See also: Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010)

Head to Head Record Prior to 2010: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... (23 wins, 14 losses and 49 draws in favour of Anand)

Previous World Championship: Game Collection: 2008 World Chess Championship

Next World Championship: Game Collection: 2012 World Chess Championship

Game 1, Topalov leads 1-0
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 30 moves, 1-0

Game 2, Match tied 1-1
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 1-0

Game 3, Match tied 1 1/2-1 1/2
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4, Anand leads 2 1/2-1 1/2
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

Game 5, Match tied 3-2
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 6, Anand leads 3 1/2-2 1/2
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 7, Anand leads 4-3
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 8, Match tied 4-4
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1-0

Game 9, Match tied 4 1/2-4 1/2
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 10, Match tied 5-5
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 11, Match tied 5 1/2-5 1/2
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 12, Anand wins 6 1/2-5 1/2
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 0-1

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