Reports | May 11, 2010 20:11

WCh G12: Anand beats Topalov, retains world title

WCh G12Viswanathan Anand retained his world title today in Sofia, Bulgaria by beating his opponent Veselin Topalov in the 12th and last match game with the black pieces. The Indian won the world title in a tournament in 2007, and now successfully defended it twice in a match. Video added.

For all the match details, rules and regulations we refer to our large overview article here. Here's a summary:

The match will take place April 21 - May 12 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Venue is the Central Military Club in Sofia, Bulgaria. The match will consist of 12 games, and if necessary, a 4-game rapid tiebreak, if necessary 5 2-game blitz matches and if necessary 1 sudden death game. The classical games will be played in pairs of 2, so there will be a rest day after every 2 games. No postponements are allowed. Topalov has White in games 1,3,5,8, 10 and 12.

Schedule

April 24 – 17.00 EEST (16:00 CET) - Game 1
April 25 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 2
April 26 – Rest Day
April 27 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 3
April 28 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 4
April 29 – Rest Day
April 30 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 5
May 1 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 6
May 2 – Rest Day
May 3 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 7
May 4 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 8
May 5 – Rest Day
May 6 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 9
May 7 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 10
May 8 – Rest Day
May 9 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 11
May 10 – Rest Day
May 11 – 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET) - Game 12
May 12 – Rest Day
May 13 – Tie breaks

The time control for each game is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61. The Chief Arbiter is Panaqiotis Nikolopoulos (Greece). The Deputy Chief Arbiter is Werner Stubenvoll (Austria). The total prize fund is 3 million Euros: 2 million for the players, 400,000 for FIDE taxes and 600,000 for organizational costs. The winner will receive 1,2 million Euros while the loser receives 800.000 Euros.

Score


 Anand, V
2787
0
1
½
1
½
½
½
0
½
½
½
1
 Topalov,V
2805
1
0
½
0
½
½
½
1
½
½
½
0


Videos

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Game 12

Today already fourty minutes before the game, while the players were just about to leave their hotels, already a big amount of TV camera, single-lens reflex cameras, and other digital cameras, and dozens of media people operating them, were waiting in the theater room of the Central Military Club. A game that could be all-decisive, is on the program.

For the 6th time Topalov opened with 1.d4, and Anand went back to 1...d5. But no Slav this time. No, the World Champion chose the opening that has been played the most in World Championship matches: the Queen's Gambit Declined. The variation with an early ...Ne4, named after the second World Champion Emanuel Lasker, is known as passive but solid. A bit like the Slav ending Anand used three times, but with the queens still on the board.

Anand will certainly be satisfied with a draw. Topalov on the other hand will certainly be pressing today, but it remains to be seen how much risk he's prepared to take. Many locals in Bulgaria will regard another draw as a loss for their hero, since Anand's legendary record in rapid chess is known here too...

After a quiet middlegame Anand went both ...e5 and f5. Topalov then seemed to crack under the pressure. He took two pawns very quickly, which simply led to a devastating attack for Black. Anand didn't chose the quickest win, allowing Topalov to reach a RN vs Q ending, but the result was never in doubt. And so Anand decided the match in his favour with the first win for the black pieces in the very last game.

At the press conference Anand praised his opponent's fighting spirit. "It was the toughest match I played so far. The games were all long and tough fights." He called the organization "superb", and didn't mind playing in Sofia "as soon as the chess started".

To the question why Topalov took on f5, the Bulgarian answered briefly: "I took a risk, and I was punished." Although clearly disappointed about the result, he said he was satisfied about the level he played.

Some of Topalov's answers were difficult to understand because just after the game ended, a thunder storm had started in Sofia...

The seconds of both players arrived at the venue. As it turned out, Anand had the same group of helpers as in Bonn: Peter Heine Nielsen, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Surya Ganguly and Radoslaw Wojtaszek. We already knew that Topalov worked with Jan Smeets, Erwin l'Ami, Ivan Cheparinov and Jiri Dufek.

On Wednesday I'm doing a private interview with Anand, so if you happen to have a brilliant question, drop it below in the comments!

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A Queen's Gambit Declined this time...

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...a Lasker Defence to be specific

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Viswanathan Anand, here explaining the game...

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...and Veselin Topalov probably thinking about the mistakes over and over again

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Comments

suneet's picture

he is tantalizing short of 2800 elo mark again! see his rating at end of Kramnik match! time to lead the world elo ranking as well.

misja's picture

Question: Does Anand plan a third edition of "My best games of chess"? Will game 2 of this match be in it?

AljechinsCat's picture

Congrats to Vishy Anand, who is actually the most successsful match player in the world. Poor Veselin threw away all away.
Personally I found this match entertaining and even thrilling. The chess level became more convincing at the end of the match when both players played more accurately (despite Topalovs horrible blunder in the final game). Nevertheless compared to the level in recent top tournaments the games didn´t have an outstanding or superior quality. For a match at that level, the number of mistakes overall was remarkably high. I would definitely prefer a longer Wch-match, perhaps 16 games.

suneet's picture

great video! so relieved!

I think Kramnik was more graceful in defeat.
Topalov was like... "OMG what will these military guys do to me in the evening, where should I hide." cmon you lost to a better player, take it well and correct your attitude." see, even after everything, Anand had nice words to say about Bulgaria and the organizers! learn from him.

Its funny we call Anand 'Tiger'. this was like taming a tiger in his own military den for him!! We must look for better compliments for Anand!

One very important thing that Topalov gave to the chess world in this match is 'the fighting spirit'. I must give credit where its due. The way he pressed hard till the end in all the games, its commendable and something that should be regularly followed everywhere. It cost Anand one game atleast. though he tends to be cocky at times, still I like the spirit.

Finally, congratulations to Anand, peoples' and world champion!
and congratulations to Topalov for this great match!

suneet's picture

beore the match it was rumors about Carlsen
http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6008

now about Kramnik?? cmon guys, see how much Kramnik won with black himself and how Anand won with black against Kramnik. what value add you are thinking of?

Anand has a team, solid team... Nielsen, Kasimdzanov(ex WC!) and Ganguly. don't take anything away from them. they helped dismantle Kramnik, and now Topalov! go team!

chandler's picture

Peter,
Q: doesn't Anand feel that as defending champ he should retain the title in case on of a tie?

Sergio's picture

Are there any video's or photo's about the closing ceramony?

A's picture

When will we see Jr. Anand?

daniel7472's picture

My question to Anand: who does he think will be the next challenger?

giuong tang's picture

He would never imagine that the next challenger will be ... Boris Gelfand

Sergio's picture

@madewa that are good questions, cause i think Anand will get tired off all chessquestions asked by hundereds of journalists. So maybe Peter could ask some personal things rather then questions about his games.

I am wondering what his favorite curry is and what he likes to do when not playing chess.

David Herz's picture

ASk Anand who his protective deities are, other than Kaissa, I mean the deities from the Hindu side, maybe Ganesha, what a great match, I predicted Anand all the way but thought the last game favored Topalov, but as we know, the good player is lucky, and the good one was Anand.
All this nonsense about the number of errors is simply jibberish of people who expect men under tremendous pressure to perform like machines. remember folks, this is not computer chess, it's two flesh and blood beings facing each other...how many of us could play such relatively error free chess in those conditions?

Vesco's picture

Go Topalov!! The chess world is with you! We dont forget 2007!

Noah's picture

Good luck Vishy!

fun's picture

we will see a short 10-20 moves draw.

chess's picture

16...Nf6 good move already played in 2008

chess's picture

16...Nf6 played by polish GM Miros?aw Grabarczyk

chess's picture

Miroslaw

An Afghan's picture

I am afraid to say goodbye to chess because Topalinov going to win the match .

chess's picture

afghan what you talk? after move 18 the position is draw.

Guillaume's picture

Looks like Anand came very well prepared with this line. Topalov is already more than 10 minutes behind, and it looks like Anand is still in his preparation on move 19.

Vesco's picture

Next thing you know Topa gets the c5 pawn!!!! GO GO GO!

ebutaljib's picture

Vesco, what happened 2007?

Ruben's picture

You are behind. They are allready on move 23
20...Td8 21.f3 La6 22.Tf2 Td7 23.g3

Peter Doggers's picture

Can't you read?

Jarvis's picture

@Egalmoth: A bit late, but LOL @ the Gollum-joke!

chandler's picture

Peter,

This is great; I'd assumed you didn't do this (live thing) before bcos it was not possible. But maybe it's too difficult and you felt not worth the effort for the other rounds??

In any case, thanks a lot !! this was something i wanted from you guys.

chess's picture

Lasker defence? 7...Ne4 was already played 1932 4x. maybe he analyzed it.

Peter Doggers's picture

@chandler It's not really live, so I could probably have done it before. But I didn't want to disturb the organizers.
@chess Check your theory book. This is called Lasker's Defence, period.

chess's picture

draw: ra3 bd3 ra3 bd3

chess's picture

Peter i checked my chess data base:)

chandler's picture

Peter,
In that case, may I request that you do this delayed live thingy for any reports for which you're onsite? Provide comments (maybe based on lines other are looking at over there), and mention anything worth mentioning (like lights going out).

I know there're other sites (like twic) but I prefer your work.

chess's picture

i meant: ra3 bd3 rc3 ba6 draw, not bb7

Ruben's picture

I can read, but it s just my comment. Who wants so much delay in an LIVE COVERAGE anyway.

20. Rxc5 Bxf3 21. gxf3 Rxb2! is not to be recommended but also not played in the game.

The next moves are : 23...Tbd8 24.Kg2 Ld3 25.Dc1 La6 26.Ta3 Lb7 27.Pb3 Tc7 28.Pa5 La8
You are still drinking thea?

Peter Doggers's picture

Who says this is a live coverage?

Sergio's picture

Ruben you definitly can't read (or forgot reading everything): "We update the game below a few times a day, with some delay"

I like that we can already see bits of the games commented. Great work Peter.

robinvk's picture

is f5 exf5 e4 possible ? It looks tricky!

Oh, and great that chessvibes is broadcasting and analysing the game :). Keep up the good work!

Bert de Bruut's picture

Yes, Anand will win!!

chess's picture

it looks like Topalov made some strong mistakes ef and fe. too sad, he did not like rapid chess.

Guillaume's picture

Wow, the engines are giving +3 for Anand now if he plays Qe8.

chess's picture

the tiger and the victim

Guillaume's picture

Victim of Danailov for sure.

Anand has a totally winning position now.

Suneet's picture

Gotcha!

chess's picture

i think Topalov will be very angry today:(

Suneet's picture

@Vesco
Topalov has an active king!!

xtra's picture

wow...it's even worse than Leko's meltdown against Kramnik...Topalov just completely turned off his sense of danger, or just stopped calculating alltogether.

Interestingly, just a couple of moves earlier Kosteniuk on chessdom commented "We are entering the concrete stage of the game where words should be switched to the concrete lines and variations.". No kidding...

chess's picture

topalov tried to win, because he did not wanted to play the tiebreak.

Guillaume's picture

Anand still needs to play precisely. Now his king is in the open too, but of course he has a very strong initiative.

Suneet's picture

he wont play the tiebreak... for sure now

chess's picture

yeah 36...Qd8 was better. Anand will be more angry when he does not win this:)

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