Sunday, October 16, 2005

Bulgaria's Topalov Leaves San Luis as Chess King, Unbeaten

15 October 2005, Saturday.Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov, who became the new World chess champion with a round to spare, ended his participation in the championship at San Luis unbeaten.The brilliant Bulgarian drew his game against Hungary's Judit Polgar in the last fourteen round.The 30-year old citizen of the Danube town of Russe wrapped up his games with 6 victories and 8 draws, making for a total of 10 points in his record. His main rivals - Viswanathan Anand of India and Peter Svidler of Russia - remained joint second, 1.5-point behind the winner.A day earlier Veselin Topalov emerged the New World Chess Champion, 2005, with his unsurpassable score of 9.5 points out of 13 games. The title brought USD 300,000 with it. This is Topalov's biggest achievement after beating legendary Gary Kasparov at Linares earlier this year and a group of top 6 chess players including Viswanathan Anand to lift the M-Tel Trophy in Sofia.



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