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Topalov - Kamsky 2009 - WCC Candidates match Sofia (Bulgaria)

Chess news 2009/2/5, Minister
Update 2009-02: Veselin Topalov is now in Sofia. Kamsky will arrive from Wijk ann Zee. More updates soon...

The candidates match between Bulgarian super grandmaster Veselin Topalov and American one Gata Kamsky will be held in Lviv (called also Lvov) Ukraine, from 26th November to 14th December, 2008. It became clear on 1st June, 2008, after the official statement of the FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

The candidates match between Bulgarian super grandmaster Veselin Topalov and American one Gata Kamsky will be held in Sofia Bulgaria, from 16th to 28th February 2008.

In this statement Ilyumzhinov "has guaranteed" prize fund ($750 000) with his own money in case the sponsor of this match will not send the money of the FIDE account.

The prize fund in now $250 000 from Bulgarian Chess Federation as sponsor.

Topalov – Kamsky – the candidates for the World Chess Championship, 2009 – games live


Our team will make everything possible to broadcast all the chess games live in chess games live section! Also we will give you a list of websites, which give live commentary of the games, so you can watch the evaluation of the position and even more...

Photos and live comments/games


Our team will have some reporters in Sofia, to take photographs for all chess fans. So come back to our site regularly and use these photos of your own blog at no cost!

Gata Kamsky – career and success before the match with Topalov


Gata Kamsky is one of the best chess players in the 90’s of the 20th century. In 1990 he became a grandmaster. In 1991 he won US Chess Championship. In 1993 he joined the candidates’ matches of the two World Chess Associations – FIDE and PCA (Garry Kasparov’s Association). He succeeded to qualify himself to both candidates’ tournaments.
In FIDE matches, Kamsky played very dramatic quarter-final match (1994) against the current World chess champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian led 3-1, but after 4 victories to Kamsky and 2 draws in the next 6 games, American won. On the semifinal (1995) he beat Valery Salov and played against Anatoly Karpov (FIDE World Chess Champion at this time) at final.
In PCA, Kamsky beat Vladimir Kramnik on the quarter-final (1994) and won against Nigel Short on the semi-final (1994). In 1995 he lost the final to Viswanathan Anand with 2 points ahead.
In 1996 Kamsky lost the final match to Karpov with 10,5 : 7,5 points. The event was held in Elista (Kalmykia). After losing the match to Karpov, Kamsky dropped out of chess, went to Brooklyn College and graduated in 1999. In the same year he returned to play in the eliminations of the FIDE World Championship tournament in Las Vegas, but he was defeated by Alexander Khalifman in the first round.
After a few years of inactivity in the chess, Kamsky started to play in blitz tournaments in 2004. The same year he won the US championship again.

If you want to learn more about Kamsky:
Gata Kamsky’s page on Wikipedia
Gata Kamsky’s chess games

Veselin Topalov – career and success before the match with Kamsky


Veselin Topalov became World Chess Champion by winning the World Chess Championship 2005 (WCC 2005) in San Luis (Argentina) in September-October 2005. In October 2006 in a match against Vladimir Kramnik he lost the title. Now he have a chance to qualify for the next WCC 2009.

Topalov has won the Chess Oscar 2005 award. He was a semifinalist in the WCC 2004. He has wins in many chess tournaments, including Monaco 2001, Dortmund 2001, Linares 2005 (shared first with Kasparov, winning their individual game, but technically Kasparov won the tournament and retired from chess after that), MTel Masters 2005, FIDE World Chess Championship Tournament 2005 (starting 6,5 points from 7 games), Corus 2006, MTel Masters 2006, Corus 2007, MTel Masters 2007, Chess Champions League 2007 in Vitoria, 1st Chess Grand Slam Final 2008 in Bilbao and more...

In the latest FIDE rating list (October 2008) Topalov is on top with 2791 points. He was ranked number 1 in the World from April 2006 to January 2007, and had the second highest Elo rating of all time (2813), after Kasparov's peak rating 2851 (!).

The main threat in the coming Candidates Match is that if Topalov win and Kramnik regain the Chess title in the WCC 2008 in Bonn (against Anand), they will meet on the WCC 2009. Topalov lost his WCC title to Kramnik in the WCC 2006 in Elista and this thread is really interesting...

Chess videos: Topalov-Kramnik (Amber Blindfold & Rapid 2008)
Veselin Topalov’s page on Wikipedia
Veselin Topalov's chess games

Further reading:
Short history of the World Chess Championships
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Other articles
2009/9/27 - Bulgaria officially applied to host the WCC match between Topalov and Anand
2009/8/28 - Vladimir Kramnik won the Zurich Rapid Tournament
2009/8/25 - Vassily Ivanchuk won the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk
2009/8/20 - FIDE Grand Prix Jermuk 2009 Round 9
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2009/8/4 - FIDE Grand Prix Tournament - Jermuk 2009
2009/7/23 - FIDE prefers Bulgaria to host the WCC match between Veselin Topalov and Vishvanatan Anand
2009/7/15 - Open chess tournament - Balager 2009

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