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Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov
Photograph copyright © 2005 World Chess Championship Press.  
Number of games in database: 2,194
Years covered: 1986 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2749 (2699 rapid, 2708 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2816

Overall record: +503 -272 =688 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 731 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (193) 
    B90 B33 B48 B30 B46
 Ruy Lopez (151) 
    C78 C84 C65 C88 C67
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (71) 
    C84 C88 C92 C87 C95
 Slav (66) 
    D17 D12 D15 D11 D19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (61) 
    D37 D38 D39 D31 D30
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (290) 
    B90 B51 B33 B30 B23
 Sicilian Najdorf (112) 
    B90 B92 B91 B93 B97
 Ruy Lopez (83) 
    C67 C78 C65 C69 C92
 King's Indian (82) 
    E92 E97 E94 E67 E98
 Queen's Pawn Game (74) 
    A46 E10 E00 A40 A41
 Modern Benoni (55) 
    A57 A70 A58 A61 A56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 1-0
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 1-0
   Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Topalov vs Anand, 2005 1-0
   Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2005 1-0
   Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 1-0
   Kharlov vs Topalov, 2004 0-1
   Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005 0-1
   Svidler vs Topalov, 2005 0-1
   Topalov vs Kamsky, 2006 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
   Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006)
   Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   10th Euwe Memorial (1996)
   Corus (2006)
   MTel Masters (2006)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
   Corus (2007)
   M-Tel Masters (2008)
   7th Corsica Open (2003)
   Morelia-Linares (2008)
   Linares (1997)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Linares (1994)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Topalov! by amadeus
   Exchange sacs - 1 by obrit
   Power Chess - Topalov by Anatoly21
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Topalov! by larrewl
   Topalov great games by Topzilla
   Classic Topalov by amadeus
   Topalov and the two bishops by OJC
   Najdorf, English Attack by AdrianP
   Complex favorites by Whitehat1963
   Najdorf - 6. Be3 by pcmvtal
   AdrianP's Bookmarked Games (2005) by AdrianP

   🏆 Champions Showdown in Saint Louis (Blitz)
   Topalov vs Nakamura (Nov-12-17) 0-1, blitz
   Nakamura vs Topalov (Nov-12-17) 1-0, blitz
   Topalov vs Nakamura (Nov-12-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Topalov vs Nakamura (Nov-12-17) 0-1, blitz
   Nakamura vs Topalov (Nov-12-17) 1-0, blitz

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(born Mar-15-1975, 42 years old) Bulgaria

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IM (1989); GM (1992); World U14 Champion (1989); Olympiad Gold Medalist (1994); FIDE World Champion (2005-06); World Championship Challenger (2010); Candidate (2011, 2014 and 2016); winner of the 2012-13 Grand Prix series.


A former – and the last - FIDE World Champion, Veselin Topalov was born in Rousse, Bulgaria. He learned chess at eight years old from his father and began a training/mentoring relationship with Silvio Danailov when he was twelve.

Youth championships

In 1989, he won the World Under-14 championship in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. In 1990 he won a silver medal in the World Under-16 Championship in Singapore.

World Championships

In the knockout tournaments for the FIDE World Chess Championship, Topalov was seeded into the second round in Groningen in 1998, and lost to Jeroen Piket. Again seeded into the second round at the championships in Las Vegas in 1999, Topalov reached the last 16 defeating Ruslan Ponomariov and Lev Psakhis before bowing out to Vladimir Kramnik. In New Delhi and Tehran in 2000, he reached the quarter-finals in 2000 – again from a second round start - defeating Andrei Kharlov, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev and Alexey Dreev before losing to Michael Adams. In 2002, he defeated Juan Facundo Pierrot, Giovanni Portilho Vescovi and Zhong Zhang before losing to Shirov. He reached the semi-finals in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, defeating Tarik Abulhul, Aleksander Delchev, Sergei Movsesian, Zdenko Kozul and Andrei Kharlov in the earlier rounds before losing to eventual winner Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

He also took part in the 2002 Dortmund Candidates' tournament to determine a challenger for World Classical Champion Kramnik, but lost the finals match to Peter Leko.

On the strength of his rating, Topalov was invited to the eight-player, double round-robin FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) in San Luis, Argentina, in September–October 2005. Scoring 6½/7 in the first cycle, Topalov had virtually clinched the tournament at the halfway mark, before drawing every game in the second cycle to win by 1½ points to become FIDE World Chess Champion. The average rating of the field in the championship was 2739, and Topalov's performance rating was 2890. In 2006 he lost his title to Kramnik in the reunification Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) played in Elista, under the auspices of FIDE. By losing the reunification match, Topalov lost his chance to compete in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) . Danailov expressed a desire for a rematch between Topalov and Kramnik, proposing a match in March 2007, though no such match took place. The issue was settled in June 2007 when Topalov (as well as Kramnik) was granted special privileges in the 2008-09 championship cycle. Topalov was given direct entry to a "Challenger Match" against the winner of the World Chess Cup (2007) , Gata Kamsky. The Topalov - Kamsky Match (2009) (the Challenger Match) took place in February 2009 in Hall 6 of NDK Sofia. Topalov won that match 4½-2½ and qualified to play against the World Champion Viswanathan Anand for the World Chess Champion title, but he lost the Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) by 6½-5½. Topalov automatically qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2011) for the World Chess Championship 2012, where he was the top seed. He faced 8th seeded Gata Kamsky in Kazan in Russia and lost his match 1.5-2.5 (+0 =3 -1), and was thereby eliminated from the 2012 World Championship cycle. He declined to participate in the World Cup (2011) and there was speculation about his future Championship intentions.

Late in 2012, Topalov rejoined the championship circuit from which he had been noticeably absent to take =1st alongside Boris Gelfand and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at the 1st FIDE Grand Prix London (2012) of the 2012-2013 series, which was held in London. His score of 7/11 (+3 =8 -0; TPR 2834) netted him the 140 points to give a flying start to his 2014 World Championship campaign. A superb follow up at the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), the 3rd event in the GP series, saw him take outright 1st with 8/11 (+5 =6) with a stellar performance rating for the event of 2924. It also added 170 Grand Prix points to his tally to take him to the lead with 310 points. A poor performance at the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) with 4.5/11 earned him only 45 Grand Prix points, however, his =3rd in the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013) earned him enough Grand Prix points to win the Grand Prix and guarantee his qualification into the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014). (1) His official rating also qualified him to participate in the World Cup (2013) if he so chose, but instead he successfully gambled that he would qualify via the Grand Prix series. At the Candidates event that was held in March 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Topalov scored a disappointing 6/14 to place 8th and last.

Topalov qualified by rating to play in the World Cup (2015). In the first round he defeated Oladapo Oluto Adu of Nigeria by 2-0, Sergei Zhigalko by 1.5-0.5 in round two and Lu Shanglei in the first set of rapid game tiebreakers in round three. He played Peter Svidler in the Round of Sixteen (fourth round) and lost the standard games match 0.5-1.5 to bow out of the event. However, he qualified by rating to play in the Candidates Tournament of 2016.


Topalov first major tournament wins were Terrassa 1992 and Budapest zonal-B 1993. He played in Linares 1994 (6½/13), Linares 1995 (8/13), Amsterdam 1995, and won at Polanica Zdroj and Elenite in 1995. In March 1996, Topalov won at Amsterdam (coming =1st with Garry Kasparov), Vienna (ahead of Anatoly Karpov), Novgorod, and Dos Hermanas (1st-2nd with Kramnik). In 1996, he was invited to Las Palmas, the first category 21 tournament, where he scored 5/10, in a field including Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik and Karpov. In 1996 he also took a series of top-level tournament wins-- Madrid and Dos Hermanas in May, Novgorod in July, Vienna in August, as well as Leon - to firmly establish himself among the world's leading players. Between 1997 and 2003, Topalov continued his tournament successes, winning at Antwerp 1997, Madrid 1997, Monaco 2001, Dortmund 2001 (joint first with Kramnik), NAO Chess Masters Cannes 2002 (joint first with Gelfand), the Hotel Bali Stars (2003) at Benidorm 2003, and coming 2nd at the category 16 tournament in Bosnia in 2001. 2004 saw Topalov participate in Corus (2004) and 21st Linares (2004) (coming =4th on both occasions), and in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004). He began 2005 by climbing to third place on FIDE's world ranking list. Topalov finished 3rd behind Peter Leko and Anand at Corus 2005 and tied for first (coming second on count back) with Garry Kasparov at XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005) in Kasparov’s final tournament. Two months later, he won the inaugural MTel Masters (2005) event by a full point over Viswanathan Anand; the average rating of the participants was 2744, making this super-GM, double round-robin tournament the strongest in 2005. After his =2nd at Dortmund in 2005, Topalov followed up his 2005 World Championship Tournament victory (see below) with +5 and joint first (with Anand) at Corus (2006) and =2nd at Linares (2006). There followed his successful defence of MTel Masters (2006) (with 6.5/10, half a point ahead of Gata Kamsky whom he beat 2-0), Topalov started the tournament somewhat hesitantly to later record four consecutive wins and decisively claim the title.

Topalov rebounded from his world championship reunification match loss to Kramnik in 2006 to finish equal first (with Levon Aronian and Teimour Radjabov) at the category 19 Corus (2007), but then a poor performance at Linares - Morelia (2007) caused him to lose his #1 spot in the world rankings to Anand. The next year, he regained the #1 position by convincingly winning the inaugural Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Final (2008), scoring +4 -1 =5 in the category-22 tournament. Also in 2007, he won the Mtel Masters (2007), the Liga de Campeones (2007) (a point and a half a head of Ruslan Ponomariov), and in 2008 he won Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2008) (a point and a half ahead of Aronian). In 2009, he came 2nd with Magnus Carlsen behind Alexey Shirov in the M-Tel Masters (2009) and second behind Carlsen at the latter’s blitz at Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009). Soon after losing the world title bid in 2010, Topalov participated in the Essent Chess Tournament. He finished third of four players with only 2½ points from 6 games and a 2645 performance. He lost both games against Judit Polgar and one against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Topalov won the Linares (2010) held from February 13 to 24 in Andalusia, Spain, defeating 2009 Chess World Cup champion Boris Gelfand in his final game. He finished 2010 with 4.5/10 at Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010). Topalov continued his unremarkable form since narrowly losing his 2010 World Championship match when in early 2012, he finished tenth at the category 21 Tata Steel (2012), scoring 5/13 (+1 -4 =8; TPR 2672), before returning to form in the 1st Grand Prix of the 2012-13 series (see above), in the 28th European Club Cup (2012), and with his =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Kings' Tournament (2012). That form, however, was less than par in the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2013) where he finished in the bottom half of the field with 4/9.

In August and September 2014, Topalov competed in the round robin category category 23 Sinquefield Cup (2014), where he placed outright 3rd with 5/10 behind Caruana and Carlsen respectively. In January 2015, he competed at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) and placed =3rd behind Hikaru Nakamura and David Howell. In June 2015, Topalov had the finest result of his career since San Luis 2005 when he led the field from start to finish to win the category 23 Norway Chess (2015) event, in which most of the world's top 10 participated. Topalov's result was 6.5/9 (+5 -1 =3) for a 2946 PR, half a point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura and Anand. He also recorded both his career best live rating and official ratings as a result of this event, adding 18 rating points to his resume. At the Sinquefield Cup (2015), his score of 4.5/9 was essentially rating-neutral midfield, however his gains were undone at the London Chess Classic (2015) where he finished last with 2.5/9, shedding 23 rating points.


Topalov has been the leader of the Bulgarian national team since 1994 and has played top board for Bulgaria at every Olympiad in which he participated including Moscow 1994, Yerevan 1996, Elista 1998, Istanbul 2000, Dresden 2008, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010, the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul and the Chess Olympiad (2014) in Tromsø. In 1994, he led the Bulgarians to a fifth-place finish, winning the gold medal for the top board, scoring 8.5/12 (TPR 2781). He won the silver medal for the top board in 1998 and 2000, scoring 8/11 on both occasions. In 2008, he won bronze with 6.5/8 and a TPR of 2821. In 2014, he won individual gold for the top board, having scored a TPR of 2872.

Other Team Play

<National> In 1989 and 1990, Topalov played in the Bulgarian team contesting the Boys' Balkaniads competition, playing on board 2 in 1989 and board 1 in 1990, winning individual gold on both occasions, as well as a team gold in 1989 and team bronze in 1990. In 1994, he played top board for the gold medal winning Bulgarian national team in the Balkaniad team competition, and won an individual bronze. Topalov played top board for Bulgaria in the European Team Championships of 1999 (where he won individual gold), 2007, 2009 and 2011. Playing for Bulgaria, he also won individual gold for the top board at the European Team Championship (2013).

<European Club Cup (ECC)> In 1999, he played 3 games for the gold medal winning ECC team ŠK Bosna Sarajevo, winning two and drawing one. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, he played for SOCAR Baku: at the 28th European Club Cup (2012), he played board 3, winning both individual and team gold. Topalov played board 3 for SOCAR in the European Club Cup (2013), scoring a solid 4.5/6 and winning individual and team bronze. In the European Club Cup (2014), he repeated his 2012 triumph by winning team and individual gold (this time for board 2). Playing board one at the European Club Cup (2015), Topalov won individual and team silver.


Topalov won the Topalov - Nisipeanu Match (2006) by 3-1 (+2 =2 -0) in April 2006, the Blind Chess World Duel (2006) against Polgar by 3.5-2.5, and the Topalov - Laznicka Match (2013) by 4-2 (+3 -1 =2).


Topalov won the Dos Hermanas XIV (2008) , 17–21 April 2008, defeating Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spain) 2½–1½ in the final match by winning the first game and drawing the rest. He also won the Villarrobledo International Rapid Open (2008) with a commanding 8/9.

Ratings and rankings

<Classical> After Kasparov's retirement, Topalov topped the FIDE World Rating List from April 2006 to January 2007, during which time his Elo rating peaked at 2813, a level that had been surpassed only by Garry Kasparov, and subsequently by Anand, Carlsen, Aronian and Caruana. He regained the world #1 ranking again in October 2008, and officially remained #1 until January 2010, when he fell to #2 behind Carlsen. He has been ranked number one a total of 27 months in his career, the fifth all-time high since the inception of the FIDE ranking lists in 1971 behind only Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Robert James Fischer and most recently Carlsen.

After his unsuccessful challenge for the world title in 2010, his form declined such that by 1 October 2012, Topalov's rating was 2751, his lowest rating since July 2004 and his ranking to number 13 in the world, his lowest ranking since January 1995. However his return to form in September and October 2012 (see above) saw him return to the top 10, while his successful campaign in the Zug leg of the 2012-13 Grand Prix series saw him leap back to #4 in the world ratings. In 2015, Topalov's win at the annual Norway Chess tournament improved even his stocks even further when he reached his highest live rating to date, 2821.2, while his highest official rating to date was 2816 on 1 July 2015, sharing the world #2 spot with Anand.


Topalov won the 2005 Chess Oscar. Although he now lives in Spain, Topalov still plays for Bulgaria and has enjoyed several athletic honors from his native country, including the Sportsman of the Year award for 2005. He is renowned for his aggressive style which is exemplified in his trademark and much-feared exchange sacrifice that he has employed with great effect at all levels of play. He and his partner have a daughter, Laura, who was born on 28 August 2013.

Sources and references:

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Topalov; Wikipedia article: World Chess Championship 2012

Last updated: 2016-08-05 22:14:21

 page 1 of 88; games 1-25 of 2,194  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs D Marholev 1-0211986TournamentC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Topalov vs E Gonsior ½-½111988ForliD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Topalov vs V Lukov 0-1271988SofiaA61 Benoni
4. Lizbov vs Topalov 0-1291988MoskauB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. C Garcia Palermo vs Topalov ½-½371988ForliA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
6. Topalov vs F Braga ½-½14198810s, Forli opD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
7. A Strikovic vs Topalov 0-1311988Forli opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. S De Eccher vs Topalov 0-1671988ForliA25 English
9. Topalov vs Granda Zuniga 0-1461988Forli op 88\10A78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
10. P Votruba vs Topalov ½-½661988ForliB06 Robatsch
11. Topalov vs Meduna  ½-½211988ForliD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
12. Topalov vs R Mantovani 1-0591988ForliE12 Queen's Indian
13. Topalov vs G Minchev 0-1541988SofiaB57 Sicilian
14. Miroslav Markovic vs Topalov 1-0301989GroningenC10 French
15. S Danailov vs Topalov 0-1381989Sofia ch-BGA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. T Luther vs Topalov 1-0591989GroningenB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Topalov vs Kiril D Georgiev  0-1501989BUL-chE12 Queen's Indian
18. Dreev vs Topalov ½-½171989Groningen (Netherlands)A52 Budapest Gambit
19. Topalov vs K Ninov  ½-½461989Ch BLGD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Topalov vs D Pedzich  ½-½411989GroningenE73 King's Indian
21. D Donchev vs Topalov 1-0191989Ch BLGC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
22. G Minchev vs Topalov 1-0471989SofiaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Topalov vs A J Norris 1-0351989GroningenB06 Robatsch
24. Stefansson vs Topalov ½-½781989ArnhemC16 French, Winawer
25. P Claesen vs Topalov  ½-½271989EU-ch U20A27 English, Three Knights System
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Mar-29-16  cplyakap: He is 2754 now.Very low for Topalov.
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  Eyal: From the final press conference of the Candidates:

Topalov: I realize now the way others concentrating on this tournament, and preparing, I think they really take it much more seriously than I do. On the free days you could see them in the gym and everything, they’re like… opening preparation, everything is much better.

Dylan McClain: This is the Candidates, the opportunity to play for the World Championship. How could you not take it most seriously?

Topalov: Well, so far I’ve been saying that for the whole year, that actually I’m not working much, but since my actual results were fine nobody really believed me, and I hope that now people will really understand that it was true. I think the amount of work that for example young players like Anish [Giri was sitting beside him] is… I think they probably work three times as I do.

McClain: So do you change your approach and go back to working harder?

Topalov: I don’t think I’ll do it, because it’s simply makes… I don’t have a problem to accept that my time is probably gone [recalling how he witnessed the decline of players like Karpov & Ljubojevic] … I don’t have a problem to accept that it’s not going to be better, but for some reason I didn’t think it was going to be so quick.

McClain: You’re not talking retirement here?

Topalov: No, because anyway for this year I’ve already accepted many invitations. What I mean is – to fight for the world title, somehow I don’t see any realistic possibility. The last three times I played the Candidates I was not even close, so it doesn’t make sense to… you have to be realistic.

Mar-30-16  Absentee: <epistle: Topalov is getting his revenge. With the way things are going, it seems he's the one who can determine who the challenger to Carlsen will be.>

In the end he did: Caruana vs Topalov, 2016, Topalov vs Caruana, 2016, Karjakin vs Topalov, 2016.

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  twinlark: Topalov was interviewed yesterday and commented that he would not try and contest the Candidates again, although he will continue playing chess for a while.

That interview is here:

I can't find the usual English translation so I had to rely on google translate, but he also makes some comparisons between Russian, Bulgarian, European and American culture.

Despite the extraordinary bitterness between him and Kramnik, he does not hold it against Russia, and actually has come to prefer Russian culture, which he says is far more hospitable (if alcoholic!) than either American or northern European culture (Bulgaria and Russia are of course related as Slavs and both use the cyrillic alphabet). He also doesn't like the coffee, food or gun culture of America but is impressed with the "free mentality" and came to like St Louis.

The big negative for Topalov of Russian culture is its homophobia, for which he finds no excuse, any more than he can excuse racism, which he abhors.

Jun-03-16  Sally Simpson: Both Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has signed an open in The Times letter asking Britain to stay in the European Union.

"All of us in Europe respect the right of the British people to decide whether they wish to remain with us in the European Union.

It is your decision, and we will all accept it. Nevertheless, if it will help the undecided to make up their minds, we would like to express how very much we value having the United Kingdom in the European Union.

It is not just treaties that join us to your country, but bonds of admiration and affection.

All of us hope that you will vote to renew them. Britain, please stay.

I had no idea how I was going to vote. Working class bods like me get shafted no matter who is in charge.

But if Topalov wants me to stay, then I'm voting to stay.

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  MissScarlett: I feel empowered, on behalf of Britain's chess community, to reply thus: bollocks!
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  MissScarlett: Never fancied Veselin, but his girlfriend looks alright:
Jun-03-16  suenteus po 147: <MissScarlett> It's startling how '90s Russia was a lot like '80s USA in terms of hair and fashion.
Jun-03-16  ndg2: <MissScarlett: Never fancied Veselin, but his girlfriend looks alright:> The picture says "Judit".
Jun-14-16  Chessinfinite: I was going through the stats for 2005-2010. There is no doubt that Topalov was top contender for the title both for tournaments and matches, Vaselin Topalov won the maximum number of super tournaments (total 10) among all top players during that span.

He was the most accomplished tournament player also having maximum game wins (games played among top players of the time Topalov, Kramnik, Anand,Carlsen and Aronian) in 2005-2010.

Impressive achievement by the great Bulgarian player.

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  MissScarlett: @#$% off!
Jun-25-16  Chessinfinite: Now, the EU says FU to you guys..
Aug-11-16  Pulo y Gata: Keep the momentum going, Topa! You are already victorious. You just need to claim it!
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  Keyser Soze: Yeah I would enjoy a lot seeing him winning this one..
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  ambongtumbong: keep the momentum eh?? or you keep trolling..
Sep-08-16  Aunt Jemima: Topalov was my favorite new player back in the 90's. I loved that he played uncompromising risky chess, somewhat like Tal when Tal was great in the late 50's. Plus he used to play the benoni and that was my favorite opening back then after having studied Fischer's games.
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  offramp: While Bulgaria is expelled from FIDE he will play under the FIDE flag.
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  HeMateMe: is Bulgaria really expelled from FIDE?
Sep-13-16  Birthday Boy: I just noticed that he stopped playing in the olympiad after round 5. Any news?

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  ambongtumbong: Maybe he stopped playing to show support to his toilet gate manager Silvio Danailov that was suspended by FIDE for unethical reasons??!!!
Sep-13-16  MeatGrinder: His wife gave birth to their second daughter around round 5 so he decided to quit the Olympiad and fly back to Spain to be with his family.
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  Jambow: <He also doesn't like the coffee, food or gun culture of America but is impressed with the "free mentality" and came to like St Louis.>

Hitler's gun free culture didn't do Europe any favors if Veselin cares dig into the not so distant past.

Yes St Louis is a neat city in many ways spent a few months there the year before last. Probably doesn't get that our founders cherished the right to bare arms to preserve freedom from tyranny. I have to agree with him about Starbucks though, sweet over priced sugar water. On the food we have some pretty good eaten if you know where to go....

As far as his feelings on Brexit? So he likes Russia better than Europe but thinks the Brits should stay in the EU? Maybe they should decide that for themselves it is their own country? We often think of chess players as all around mental geniuses and yet when they speak on other topics politics in particular you quickly realize that is not the case.

<The big negative for Topalov of Russian culture is its homophobia, for which he finds no excuse, any more than he can excuse racism, which he abhors.>

If he thinks the term homophobia makes sense he should probably talk chess, and equating peoples actions with their race is equally absurd. Men and women differ by an entire chromosome but people of differing ancestral geography a fraction of a percentage of their genetics has anything to do with the construct of "race"...

So him and big Vlad can't bury the hatchet even still, isn't Topalov worried the Russians are spying on him in the boys room?

I had given Veselin an out because of Danilov but maybe I shouldn't have. He seems to have realistic expectations for his chess career at this juncture sadly enough but his stoic candor is to be commended. I hope he finishes better than he started.

Dec-13-16  nok: <Hitler's gun free culture> You got it slightly backwards.

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  Jambow: Except I wasn't referring to this supposedly garbled quote, but rather Hitlers disarming of the populace in the name of being civilized so as to murder his opposition and instill one of the deadliest regimes in HIStory. Compare Adolph Hitler's record and ideology to any one of the other murderous tyrants of the 20th century to say Benjamin Franklin's or countless other founders of America. For Topalov to make such foolish statements in light of HIStory is without excuse.

Maybe he was sheltered by Danilov or actually has never seen a world beyond what he has been spoon fed by the media? I don't know but he should leave the Brits to manage their own affairs how arrogant of him. Same with Americans we certainly don't need another Kool aid stand operator, trust me we have plenty. Gun culture, how about liberal waste lands we used to call cities Veselin, that is a real shame.

Dec-14-16  nok: Hitler armed his followers and disarmed his opponents. That's not what I understand to be <gun free culture>. What would be Topalov's foolish statement on the topic?
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