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Bulgaria's Topalov world's new chess champion

Date: 16.10.2005

Bulgaria's chess master Vesselin Topalov has emerged the New World Chess Champion, 2005, with his unsurpassable score of 9.5 points out of 13 games.

This is Topalov's biggest achievement after beating legendary Gary Kasparov at Linares earlier this year and a group of top 6 chess players including Viswanathan Anand to lift the M-Tel Trophy in Sofia.

With Anand and Peter Svidler both conceding early draws the FIDE World Championship in San Luis, Argentina, was finally decided when the hard-fought Kasimdzhanov-Topalov game ended in a draw.

The Bulgarian is now a point an a half ahead of his nearest rivals before the last turn of the 10-round tournament and virtually cannot be made up with.

"I'm pleased that in any moment I have had full control of the situation," Topalov told Bulgarian National Television minutes after the news broke. "This is the happiest day in my life. This year is unquestionably the most successful for me," the new World Chess Champion added.

Vesselin Topalov made his first steps in the chess game when he was eight years old. He grabbed his first world title at the age of 14 at the Junior World Chess Championship in Puerto Rico.

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