World Champion Viswanathan Anand will defend his crown against Challenger Veselin Topalov in a highly-anticipated Championship match. This match will features two exciting players likely to bring many exciting theoretical battles. The match will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria and will serve as the final event of the current cycle. This will also be the first time two players of Russian ancestry are not involved in nearly a century.
The cycle started with Topalov winning the 2005 World Championship tournament in Mexico. He agreed to a match with Vladimir Kramnik who was still claiming he had control of the crown. The Topalov agreed to a match and thereafter playing the famed “Toiletgate match.” Kramnik won the 2006 match by a narrow victory and thus unified the line of champions… the FIDE and Brain Games.
The next World Championship event was in the form of a tournament which was won by Viswanthan Anand in Mexico City. Kramnik came in joint 2nd but had a “rematch” clause with Anand.
The Anand-Kramnik match took place in Bonn, Germany, but the Indian would win in crushing fashion. Topalov gained a berth per an agreement that he would have an immediate shot at the title provided he win a challenger’s match. He soundly defeated Gata Kamsky to earn this shot.
Topalov will be facing Anand who has been relatively quiet in tournament play, but will be prepared for this match. Anand may bring Peter Heine-Nielsen and Surya Shekhar Ganguly as part of his entourage charged with defending the crown. If Anand wins this 12-game match, he will certainly solidify his mark in history as a great champion. Meanwhile, Topalov is trying to regain the title. Hopefully, it will be done without controversy.
Viswanathan Anand – World Champion
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