Saturday, April 15, 2006

World Chess King Topalov Faces Rival Kramnik in Sept

The much-awaited match between FIDE World champion Bulgarian Vaselin Topalov and former champion Vladimir Kramnik will take place in September.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Elista, the capital of Kalmykia will host the 12-game match which is considered a unification match. The prize money guaranteed for the match is USD 1 M.
According to the latest Fide ratings, the 36-year-old Topalov is the highest rated player at 2804 with Kramnik, also 36, is at rated ninth with at 2729.
Topalov became the world champion by winning the FIDE title last October in Argentina where Kramnik did not participate.


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