WHO IS WHO: Veselin Topalov

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WHO IS WHO: Veselin Topalov World Chess Champion Vesselin Topalov. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

The World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov was born March 15, 1975 in the Danube city of Rousse.

He joined the local chess club at the age of seven and six years later won the World Under-14 championship in Aguadilja, Puerto Rico. In 1990 he won a silver medal in the World Under-16 Championship in Singapore and became a grandmaster two years later.

He reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE championship tournament once in 2000 at New Delhi. Topalov qualified for the semifinals of the 2004 FIDE championship tournament in Tripoli, Libya, but lost to Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

He began 2005 by climbing to third place on FIDE's world ranking list, then upheld this position by tying for first at the Linares supertournament with Garry Kasparov. Two months later he won the inaugural MTel Masters (2005) event by a full point over Viswanathan Anand. That fall, in a dominating performance, he won the World Chess Championship (2005) in San Luis, Argentina.
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