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Veselin Topalov
Number of games in database: 1,932
Years covered: 1986 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2798 (2772 rapid, 2641 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2813
Overall record: +483 -250 =645 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      554 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (176) 
    B90 B33 B48 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (128) 
    C78 C84 C88 C67 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (65) 
    C84 C88 C92 C97 C95
 Slav (61) 
    D17 D15 D12 D19 D11
 Queen's Indian (56) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12
 French Defense (53) 
    C11 C10 C18 C19 C02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (267) 
    B90 B51 B33 B30 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (104) 
    B90 B92 B91 B93 B97
 King's Indian (85) 
    E92 E97 E94 E98 E81
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C78 C67 C65 C88 C69
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    E10 E00 A46 A40 A41
 Modern Benoni (53) 
    A57 A70 A58 A61 A67
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 1-0
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 1-0
   Topalov vs Anand, 2005 1-0
   Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 1-0
   Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2005 1-0
   Kharlov vs Topalov, 2004 0-1
   Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005 0-1
   Svidler vs Topalov, 2005 0-1
   Topalov vs Anand, 2005 1/2-1/2

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)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
   MTel Masters (2006)
   Liga de Campeones (2007)
   FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006)
   M-Tel Masters (2008)
   Linares 2006 (2006)
   7th Corsica Open (2003)
   Morelia-Linares (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Linares (1994)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Topalov! by amadeus
   Exchange sacs - 1 by obrit
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Topalov! by larrewl
   Topalov great games by Topzilla
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   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

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(born Mar-15-1975, 40 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 and 2014); 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 D 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 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 Wijk aan Zee 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 Wijk aan Zee (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.


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).


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 4th in the world ratings.

As of 1 February 2015, Topalov's rating was 2800, thereby remaining Bulgaria's #1 player by a significant margin. He is also #4 in the world ranking;

<Rapid> 2772 (inactive);

<Blitz> 2641 (<#100).


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

Latest update 4 Feb 2014

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs D Marholev 1-021 1986 TournamentC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Topalov vs E Gonsior ½-½11 1988 ForliD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. A Strikovic vs Topalov 0-131 1988 Forli opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. C Garcia Palermo vs Topalov ½-½37 1988 ForliA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
5. P Votruba vs Topalov ½-½66 1988 ForliB06 Robatsch
6. S De Eccher vs Topalov 0-167 1988 ForliA25 English
7. Topalov vs G Minchev 0-154 1988 SofiaB57 Sicilian
8. Topalov vs Meduna  ½-½21 1988 ForliD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. Topalov vs F Braga ½-½14 1988 10s, Forli op D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. Topalov vs V Lukov 0-127 1988 SofiaA61 Benoni
11. Topalov vs R Mantovani 1-059 1988 ForliE12 Queen's Indian
12. Topalov vs Granda Zuniga 0-146 1988 Forli op 88\10A78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
13. Lizbov vs Topalov 0-129 1988 MoskauB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Topalov vs Serper 1-040 1989 GroningenA53 Old Indian
15. Topalov vs Kiril Georgiev  0-150 1989 BUL-chE12 Queen's Indian
16. T Luther vs Topalov 1-059 1989 GroningenB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. D Donchev vs Topalov 1-019 1989 Ch BLGC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
18. Topalov vs D Pedzich  ½-½41 1989 GroningenE73 King's Indian
19. Hracek vs Topalov ½-½63 1989 GroningenA22 English
20. Topalov vs T Fogarasi  ½-½23 1989 Ch Europe (juniors)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
21. G Minchev vs Topalov 1-047 1989 SofiaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Topalov vs A J Norris 1-035 1989 GroningenB06 Robatsch
23. Dreev vs Topalov ½-½17 1989 Groningen (Netherlands)A52 Budapest Gambit
24. M Stangl vs Topalov 0-123 1989 Arnhem Ech-jrA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
25. Topalov vs D Agnos 1-044 1989 Ch Europe (juniors)E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
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  MissScarlett: <
Can Topalov again climb to the top?

The problem of Vesko is that for many years he worked as a beast. We started when he was 16 years old. The next year he will be 40. These are 24 years continuous hard work. We have achieved everything, even things that we didn’t dream of. When we started it was the epoch of Karpov, Kasparov – giants. We fought the whole this Soviet machine. He is now married, live very calm life, he has a daughter and spends a lot of time with her and he is a little bit relaxed. This what only prevents him is that he can’t be motivated enough. What he can do? The same thing, which he has already done. To return to where he was. What is the sign of his incredible talent? Without any training he became third in the world ranking, won the gold Olympic medal on the first board, a gold medal at the European championship in Warsaw on the first board, became European club champion with “Socar”. He achieved all those amazing successes without any training. If he is mobilized, he could win the Candidates tournament. Our idea is crown of his career to be a match for the world title with Magnus Carlsen.>

Jan-02-15  GilesFarnaby: According to an interview with Danailov (that seems to be the same one as quoted above, but more in depth), Topalov may attempt another shot at the World Title because "he feels no worse than Anand, who stood up quite well against Carlsen last time" (says Silvio):

<Българският гросмайтор Веселин Топалов обмисля да направи нов опит да стигне до мач за световната корона в шаха, каза мениджърът му Силвио Данаилов пред "Дневник".

По думите му русенецът с нищо не се чувства по-слаб от Вишванатан Ананд, който се изправи срещу Магнус Карлсен в спор за титлата. Очаква се да бъдат оповестени условията за провеждане на мача на претендентите.

"Той се наслаждава на живота и на дъщеря си. През януари ще участва в силен турнир в Гибралтар", каза Данаилов. Състезателят е отказал да се впусне в Гран при.>


Topa is not in the current Grand-Prix, 'though, as you may have noticed, but will play in Gibraltar.

Jan-02-15  Petrosianic: If the Topster wants to try again, that's his right. But his lifetime record against Carlson is +3-8=8. It's going to take more than feeling good to have a chance.
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  plang: It is to try and fail than to not try at all
Jan-02-15  Petrosianic: <plang>: <It is to try and fail than to not try at all>

It's better? Or worse? I'd vote for better, but mileage may vary.

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  plang: Sorry - I meant better. The idea that several keep harping on here that losing a Championship match is something to be ashamed of seems silly to me.
Jan-02-15  Petrosianic: Well, it's a heckuva lot better than never playing one at all. Topalov is a tricky case, because of all the FIDE Champions who were never world champion, he's the one most likely to believe he was. Khalifman, Pono and Kasim claim it too, but nobody pays them any heed. If Topalov did manage to challenge and win a world championship match, it would simplify things.
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  PhilFeeley: Topalov hasn't played in several months (since September at least). How did he get to 2800?
Jan-17-15  The Rocket: <Topalov hasn't played in several months (since September at least). How did he get to 2800?>

By slapping around Nakamura who was/is overrated and just playing well. You do know his rating doesn't go down just because he doesn't play since september:)

Jan-27-15  cbpatzer: This is the game of Topalov in round 1 of Gibraltar Masters
Feb-16-15  tivrfoa: Nice talk:
Feb-21-15  Whitehat1963: It will be interesting to see the games at this year's Gashimov Memorial tournament in April. Topalov will have to face Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, So, Kramnik, and Anand. It's going to be quite an amazing show, not to mention quite a test of skills.
Mar-11-15  fgh: doesn't list Topalov as one of the players scheduled to play in this year's Gashimov Memorial anymore. Did he decide not to play there because he didn't want to face Kramnik? Who knows.
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  Kinghunt: <fgh: doesn't list Topalov as one of the players scheduled to play in this year's Gashimov Memorial anymore. Did he decide not to play there because he didn't want to face Kramnik? Who knows.>

It seems Topalov is still scheduled to play:

It is a 10 player event and 2700chess only has 9 listed, so I suspect it's simply an error on their part.

Mar-11-15  fgh: <Kinghunt>: Topalov was previously listed there, so I don't think so.
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  Eyal: It was published that Rauf Mamedov is going to replace one of the non-Azeri players, so Topalov is probably the one being replaced (and Mamedov is sub-2700, which would explain why he doesn't appear in the list on the live ratings site).

Mar-15-15  Mr 1100: If Carlsen is the Matt Damon of chess, then Topalov is the Sean Penn.
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  waustad: Born on the ides of March!
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  Penguincw: Happy 40th birthday to my favourite chess player, Veselin Topalov!

Hope he qualifies to the Candidates via. ratings, but there's always World Cup as well.

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  LucB: <If Carlsen is the Matt Damon of chess, then Topalov is the Sean Penn.>

Good catch <Mr 1100>! I always associated Carlsen with Damon myself, and Grischuk with the French singer/composer/actor Serge Gainsbourg.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to VT!

Mar-15-15  smaragdus: Happy birthday, Topalov, I wish you an amazing comeback, crossing the border of 2800 soon and many great games!
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  eternaloptimist: Lordy, Lordy Topa's 40! 😃 Happy birthday to a guy who's been a very strong player for a long time! As <smaragdus> kibitzed, hopefully he will cross <the border of 2800> again soon.
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