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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Anand Consents to Playing in Sofia

Sunday, 18 October 2009
Standart News

Indian Grandmaster (GM) Vishwanathan Anand has agreed to face GM Veselin Topalov in a Sofia-held World Champion Match. Had he not, he would have lost automatically. The Bulgarian state has guaranteed a $US 2 million prize fund in exchange of hosting the grandest World Chess Federation (FIDE) event. As initially announced, the event will last between April 5-24, 2010, but may be liable to change in order to fit better in the sporting calendars of both opponents.
The negotiations for the individual contracts Anand and Topalov must sign with FIDE will be run in the few weeks to come. “I shall restrain to disclose any of my terms. This is a normal practice,” Anand told Anand expressed his hope that this World Championship Match would win more fans for the game and be a great show.


Wow, chess fans all over the world were holding their collective

breathes, and now we have a definite confirmation that this
World Chess Champion match between Anand and Topalov 
is going to take place after all, YIPPIE!!

According to the website:


"Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, will host the Viswanathan Anand-Veselin Topalov World Chess Championship match in April, 2010.
The match was allotted to Sofia by the world chess federation (FIDE). The Bulgarian city had no competition.
The match will consist of 12 games with classical time control. In case of a tie, 
additional four rapid games will be played.
FIDE has informed in an official letter that the dates of the championship will be announced after consulting the schedule of Topalov and Anand. The proposed dates of the organizers 5-24th April 2010 in Sofia may change.
Singapore and Turkey were the only other bids.
Sofia, backed by the Bulgarian government, assured to give three million euros for prize, organisational costs and FIDE fees (20 per cent of prize fund)."

According to the website:


Surprisingly, India had not submitted its bid as planned. In the Congress it was revealed that Singapore and Turkey were the only other bids to host the , but the three-million euro bid (Rs 20 crore) of Sofia was too big.
In fact, both the bids were withdrawn once they knew the Bulgarian offer. All India Chess Federation secretary DV Sundar had indicated that India would probably bid for the if it got enough corporate support.
Sofia, backed by the Bulgarian government, assured to give three million euros for , organisational costs and FIDE fees (20 per cent of fund).
The , scheduled for 5 to 24, 2010, will have 12 games with a
classical time control."


It should be quite a match and I can't wait for it to start. According to my research using the database Chessbase Mega base 2009, , in their chess careers, GM's Anand and Topalov have faced each other over the board many times.

When Anand had the white pieces, he has won 16 games, lost 5 games and drawn 21 games. When Topalov has had the white pieces, he has won 9 games, lost 7 games and drawn 26 games.

The obvious question is should this match have been allowed to occur in Topalov's home country? Why didn't the Chess Federation of India submit a bid?All India Chess Federation secretary DV Sundar had indicated was that India would probably bid for the match if it got enough corporate support.

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