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FIDE World Chess Championship 2010

FIDE World Chess Championship 2010

FIDE World Chess Championship 2010 match pitted the defending world champion, Viswanathan Anand, against challenger Veselin Topalov, for the title of World Chess Champion. The match took place in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 24 to May 13, 2010, with a prize fund of 2 million euros (60% to the winner). In a dramatic finish, Anand won the match 6½–5½ to …

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2009 Chess Challenger Match

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2007-2010 cycle was influenced by complications that arose with re-unification of the title in 2006. After more then a decade of schism, the two world champions (“classical” champion Vladimir Kramnik, and FIDE champion Veselin Topalov) finally agreed to re-unite the chess crown. However the 2005-2007 cycle (without Kramnik) was already on the way, with Topalov as the then reigning FIDE …

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FIDE World Chess Championship 2008

2008

The World Chess Championship 2008 was a best-of-twelve-game match between the World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, and the previous World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik had been granted a rematch after losing his title to Anand at the World Chess Championship 2007. After eleven games, Anand successfully defended his title by a final score of 6½-4½. The match took place at …

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FIDE World Chess Championship 2007

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The World Chess Championship 2007 was held in Mexico City, from September 12, 2007 to September 30, 2007 to decide the world champion in the board game chess. It was an eight-player, double round robin tournament. Viswanathan Anand of India won the tournament and the title of World Chess Champion. His winning score was 9 points out of 14, with …

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FIDE Candidates matches 2007

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The candidates matches were supposed to be held in last quarter of 2006, but they got delayed for unknown reasons (probably due to lack of interest to organize them). In the meantime Topalov lost the unification match against Kramnik, and complications about Topalov’s status occured (see previous post). It didn’t feel right to exclude the #1 rated player on the …

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Chess World Cup 2005

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Shortly after 2005 FIDE World Championship in San Luis, FIDE announced that the 2007 World Championship will be held under the same format (8 player double round robin tournament). 2005-2007 World Championship cycle consisted of 3 stages World Cup Candidates matches World Championship tournament First four from the 2005 Championship were seeded directly into the 2007 World Championship: Veselin Topalov …

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FIDE World Championship 2006

2006

The World Chess Championship 2006 was a chess match between Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik, and FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov. The match, which was won by Kramnik, determined, for the first time in 13 years, the undisputed World Chess Champion. The match was played between September 23 and October 13, 2006, in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia. Background Imediatelly …

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FIDE World Championship 2005

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The FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 took place in Potrero de los Funes, San Luis Province in Argentina from September 27 to October 16, 2005. It was won by Veselin Topalov. Background After Kasparov retired and when it was obvious that the Prague Agreement won’t materialise, FIDE tried to reunify the title some other way. Since the KO tournaments were …

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Classical World Chess Championship 2004

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The Classical World Chess Championship 2004 was held from September 25, 2004 – October 18, 2004 in Brissago, Switzerland. Vladimir Kramnik, the defending champion, played Peter Leko, the challenger, in a fourteen game match. The match ended 7-7, each player scoring two wins. Kramnik retained his title under the rules of the match. Background After winning against Kasparov, Kramnik was widely …

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FIDE World Championship 2004

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The FIDE World Chess Championship, 2004 was held at the Almahary Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, from June 18 to July 13. It was won by Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who beat Michael Adams in the final by a score of 4.5-3.5. He won prize money of around US$100,000 (US$80,000 after organiser FIDE had taken its cut), and the title of FIDE World Chess …

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