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World Championship Chess: It’s eye of the Tiger from Madras

Viswanathan Anand’s underdog victory is worthy of being made into a movie as the parallels between Anand’s success and the cinematic classic Rocky IV are uncanny, writes Ian Rogers from Sofia.

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World Championship Chess: How Anand is the Sachin Tendulkar of chess

Viswanathan Anand’s rise from teenage superstar to acknowledged champion nearing the end of his sporting ascendance has paralleled that of Sachin Tendulkar, writes Ian Roger from Sofia.

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World Championship Chess: Spy versus spy in Sofia as Topalov trails

In Bulgaria, Cold War memories die hard. And despite murky shadows surrounding competitive chess in that country, Crikey’s chess correspondent Ian Rogers is discovering that it is hometown hero Veselin Topalov that is feeling the heat.

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World Championship Chess: Topalov’s embarrassing Bulgarian standoff

Veselin Topalov’s insistence that he would play the entire World Championship match without offering or accepting any draws, may have cost him the world title, writes Grandmaster Ian Rogers.

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World Championship Chess: Sofia erupts as the games begin

The World Chess Championships have started, and Ian Rogers, Australia’s first Grandmaster, is in Sofia watching the action. Defending champion Viswanathan Anand is competing against local hero Veselin Topalov in the Bulgarian capital. It’s chess at its finest.

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