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Apr 29, 2010

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.

When Veselin Topalov announced that he was going to play the entire World Championship match without offering or accepting any draws, and that World Champion Viswanathan Anand was old and conservative for not doing likewise, many thought that the challenger was merely sprucing up his image as a fighter for the Bulgarian public.

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  1. daveliberts

    Thanks for these columns. I’m going to get the board out and replay some of these on the weekend.

  2. Graeme Orr

    But Topalov didn’t have to offer a draw did he? Under the ‘repetition’ rule, one of the players has to note the same position has occurred three times, but then just claims the draw unilaterally, doesn’t he? So Topalov could have left it to Vishy to claim the draw…

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