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World Chess Championship 2010 – Anand vs. Topalov

The World Chess Championship 2010 took place in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 21 to May 13.

World Champion Viswanathan Anand defends his title against challenger Veselin Topalov. Veselin won the Candidates Match 2009 versus GM Gata Kamsky and became challenger. Games can be replayed below.

The Challenger

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Challenger Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria
Photo by Karpidis from Piräus, Greece

Sofia. Veselin Topalov said at a press conference that he hopes that the people in Bulgaria will support him and that he will try to make them happy. Further he said, the world chess championship is a historic event for Bulgaria and that the publicity Bulgaria will get will exceed the money invested.
He thanked all sponsors and all organizers. Source:

The World Champion

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World Champion “Vishy” Anand, India

Get DVD’s about World Champion Anand’s Career here.


Anand 6.5:5.5 Topalov
Anand remains World Champion!

Game 1: Topalov – Anand 1:0
Grunfeld Defense
Topalov sacrifices his knight and gets an overwhelming attack and wins! Great play!

Game 1 – Videos 1-2

Game 2: Anand – Topalov 1:0
Catalan Opening
Anand wins complex late middlegame position after having sacrificed a pawn in the opening for better piece play.

Game 2 – Videos 1-3

Game 3: Topalov – Anand 0.5:0.5
Slav Defense
The Queen was exchanged early and the remaining middlegame didn’t offer many opportunties to win. The position ended finally in a draw.

Game 4: Anand – Topalov 1:0
Catalan Opening
This game is simply incredible! Anand played the Catalan again and sacrificed a knight at the kingside and gained an unstoppable attack. An incredible game, I just love it!

Game 4 – Videos 1-3

Game 5: Topalov – Anand 0.5:0.5
Slav Defense
Repetition of game 3 until move 15. Early queen trade off. Game was well balanced throughout and ended in a draw.

Game 6: Anand – Topalov 0.5:0.5
Catalan Opening
This variation has been played in game 2 until move 10. In this game Anand selects the move 10.Bg5 instead of 10.Bd2.

Game 7: Anand – Topalov 0.5:0.5
Topalov sacrifices a rook for bishop and attacks permanently the weakened kingside. Anand defends precisely until a draw is reached.

Game 8: Topalov – Anand 1:0
Slav Defense
Repetition of game 3 until move 13. Early queen trade off. Topalov had the initiative throughout the game and was finally winning a pawn and entered the endgame with different colored bishops and won a difficult position. Great play.

Game 9: Anand – Topalov 0.5:0.5
In this game Topalov traded his two rooks for the queen and entered a very complicated game.

Game 10: Topalov – Anand 0.5:0.5
Grunfeld Defense
Anand plays same variation as in game 1, but deviates at move 10 playing 10…b6 instead of 10…Na5. The game was well balanced and ended in a draw.

Game 11: Anand – Topalov 0.5:0.5
English Opening
Anand played the English Opening for a change. The position was even until the endgame where a draw was reached.

Game 12: Topalov – Anand 0:1
Queens Gambit
Anand had a strong bishop pointing towards Topalovs kingside. To blast open the diagonal for the bishop he sacrificed a pawn and gained an unstoppable attack.

Game 12 – Videos 1-4

World Chess Championship 2010 – Games

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