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May 13, 2010

India\’s Anand defends chess world championship title against Bulgarian challenger Topalov

India’s Anand defends chess world championship title against Bulgarian challenger Topalov

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Viswanathan Anand

Veselin Topalov

Viswanathan Anand, a chess grandmaster from India, has retained the world championship title after a match with Bulgarian challenger Veselin Topalov.

The match, consisting of a dozen games, was played in the Bulgarian capital Sofia over the last twenty days. Anand received the first-place prize of 1.2 million euro, whilst Topalov took 800,000 euro. The awards ceremony was attended yesterday by the Bulgarian prime minister, Boyko Borisov, and the international chess federation FIDE’s president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Going into the last game, both sides had two wins apiece, and seven draws. However, the Bulgarian’s manager, Silvio Danailov, told the Dnevnik that Topalov played the last game “rather nervously”, saying: “A draw would have been a good result for him but he made a few mistakes and the Indian exploited them.

“We should concentrate on the positive sides of the match. This was a historic match for Bulgaria. The country was in the spotlight for millions of people worldwide who love the game. We should be happy and proud that we organised this event.”



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September 23, 2009

Chess grandmasters Kasparov and Karpov play match in Spain

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Chess grandmasters Kasparov and Karpov play match in Spain

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Anatoly Karpov in 2006

Garry Kasparov in 2007

Anatoly Karpov and Gary Kasparov, two former chess world champions, are playing a twelve-game match against each other in Valencia, Spain, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first world championship match between the two.

As of Wednesday, two of the twelve games had been completed. Kasparov had won both games, which were held at a “rapid” time control, 25 minutes per player per game, with three seconds added after each move.

“I didn’t know whether my instincts would work,” said Kasparov after winning the first two games.

Kasparov, 46, is said to have an advantage over Karpov, 58, due to his younger age. Kasparov, however, said, “I wouldn’t make any predictions yet [on the outcome of the match]. Karpov was and still is a great opponent. I have to find out whether I will be able to keep my calm.”

The games are estimated to have been watched by up to ten million chess fans on the internet. The website hosting the games temporarily had to shut down due to high traffic.

In 1984, Karpov and Kasparov played for the world championship title in what would become an iconic match. Karpov was defending his title against the challenger, Kasparov. The match was suspended after five months and 48 games, as neither player was able to gain enough of a lead to determine a clear winner.



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February 22, 2009

Bulgarian chess grandmaster attempts to break chess record

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Kiril Georgiev at the EuroChess Iraklion in 2007

Kiril Georgiev, a Bulgarian chess grandmaster, began playing 360 simultaneous games of chess on Saturday, in an attempt to break the world record for the most games played simultaneously. The games are being hosted at the Inter Expo Centre in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

The current record for the largest number of simultaneous games belongs to the Hungarian-American grandmaster Susan Polgar, who played 326 games in 2005, losing three games, drawing fourteen, and winning the other 309.

To beat that record, Georgiev must win at least four-fifths of his games.

According to the Bulgarian News Network, Georgiev is a former under-18 world champion, and won the Bulgarian national championship three times.



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March 28, 2005

Bobby Fischer sues US Government from new Icelandic home

Bobby Fischer sues US Government from new Icelandic home

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Monday, March 28, 2005

Chess prodigy and former world champion, Bobby Fischer, arrived by jet Thursday in Iceland after being released from prison in Japan the day before. Jailed 9 months in Japan for traveling without a valid passport, and dogged by a U.S. felony charge for violating a government sanction, the 62 year old eccentric chess genius was just last week granted Icelandic citizenship based on humanitarian grounds.

In a first order of business to clear Fischer’s way into Iceland, a lawsuit was filed by his lawyer where he alleges the U.S. government conspired to have him arrested, and that his right to “due process” was violated by not providing him notice of the revocation of his passport.

Describing his detention as “…harsh conditions, amounting to torture,” Fischer said he was “kidnapped” by U.S. President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

The U.S. refuses to acknowledge Fischer’s status as citizen of Iceland, but the lawsuit blocks his deportation to the U.S. until the legal matter is resolved. Iceland does have an extradition treaty with the U.S., meaning Fischer’s troubles are far from over now. If deported to the U.S., the felony charge he faces could carry a maximum 10 year sentence.

The U.S. charges Fischer with violating government sanctions 13 years ago against Yugoslavia. He traveled to Serbia, then part of Yugoslavia, for a 1992 rematch against Boris Spassky, a Russian chess king, who Fischer defeated in 1972 to become world champion in a famous showdown in Reykjavik, Iceland.

During his flight to a stop-over in Copenhagen while en route to Iceland, Fischer conducted an interview with AP Television News on board. “Bush does not respect law,” he told the AP. “It’s like in the comics, like Billy Batson used to say ‘Shazam!’ and he becomes Captain Marvel. He (Bush) just says ‘Enemy Combatant! Now you have no legal rights.’ It’s a farce,” he said. “This is absolutely cooked up between Bush and Koizumi.”

Very opinionated, but normally less outspoken, Fischer’s verbal attacks express outrage over the treatment he is receiving.

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March 23, 2005

Icelandic parliament grants Bobby Fischer full citizenship

Icelandic parliament grants Bobby Fischer full citizenship

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Icelandic parliament grants Bobby Fischer full citizenship

In an overwhelming vote, the Icelandic parliament voted Tuesday to grant the incarcerated Bobby Fischer full citizenship. The former world chess champion has been detained in Japan since July after being arrested for attempting to travel with a revoked United States passport. Japanese officials have previously said that in such a case Fischer would be sent to Iceland rather than face punishment for violating US economic sanctions by playing a match in Yugoslavia. The US has said it will oppose any such action.

The vote earlier today was 40 in favor, 2 abstentions, 21 absent, and 0 opposed. By a special variation from usual protocol, the measure was pushed through in only 12 minutes. The parliament had earlier declined to grant Fischer full citizenship, offering him instead a special Icelandic passport. This, however, was not enough for Japan, which refused to release him.

The United States Chess Federation revoked Fischer’s membership

Fischer’s case has been long and convoluted. Originally pursued by the US for economic sanction violations, Fischer has been on the run since 1992. In that time he has shown his anti-Semitism by having issued statements praising the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and denying that the Holocaust occurred. For these and other comments the United States Chess Federation revoked his membership. He is now also wanted for tax evasion on some property he owns in the US. He was arrested in Japan in July for travelling with a revoked passport, and has been held since then awaiting deportation. In that time he has tried to avoid being deported by doing such things as revoking his US citizenship and marrying a Japanese woman.

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Chess legend avoids 10 year prison term

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Chess legend avoids 10 year prison term

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Chess legend Fischer leaves detention in Japan

Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer will move from Japan to his new home of Iceland despite requests from the USA for his deportation to the US. Mr Fischer had been held in Japan since last July when he was arrested on what US officials claimed was an invalid US passport. He was freed from detention on March 23 after 9 months in confinement.

Mr Fischer is wanted in the USA for violating Executive Order 12810, signed by then-President George H. W. Bush in 1992. EO 12810 placed sanctions on the former Yugoslavia, where Mr Fischer played a chess match in 1992 against Boris Spassky. If Mr Fischer had been sent to the US, he would have faced a ten year prison term. The U.S. revoked his passport in 2003 and Mr Fischer was later arrested at Narita Airport while trying to leave Japan en route to the Philippines.

Following an appeal by Mr Fischer’s supporters, the parliament of Iceland granted Mr Fischer an Icelandic passport on Monday. Mr Fischer won the world championship in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1972, against Mr Spassky, then of the Soviet Union, and Mr Fischer remains popular among Icelanders. (Mr Spassky became a French citizen in 1978). The 1992 rematch was billed as as being for the “World Championship”, although by then most chess fans recognized Garry Kasparov as the world’s #1 player.

Iceland’s ambassador to Japan, Thordur Oskarsson, said that the US government had sent a message of displeasure to the Icelandic government before its parliament passed the bill allowing for Mr Fischer’s citizenship. Mr Oskarsson went on to say that, “Despite the message, the decision was put through Parliament on humanitarian grounds”.

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