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World Chess Challenge Sofia 2009 - Veselin Topalov vs Gata Kamsky

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Veselin Topalov won the match!
Topalov 4,5 : 2,5 Kamsky 

Important

In order to put an end to any attepts at speculation by match participants, their teams, and the public at large, the Organising Committee with the consent of FIDE publishes the full text of the signed agreement between Gata Kamsky and Veselin Topalov, as well as the agreement between FIDE and the Bulgarian Chess Federation on the organisation of the Challengers' Match.

To read the agreement, click here.

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The President and the Prime Minister were present the official Closing Ceremony
The whole event had been broadcast live on the official website
Topalov will face Anand!
Convincing victory of the ex- (and maybe future) World Champion against Kamsky!
ChessBase forced to cease Internet broadcasting of the Topalov-Kamsky match
The scandal was close to being referred to the German court!

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Supervisor Mr. Hal Bond
I am very impressed with professionalism in all the aspects of the match!
FIDE Deputy President Mr. Georgios Makropoulos
I am greatly impressed!
The President of the US Chess Federation Mr. Bill Goichberg
The players and the chess world should be thankful to the Bulgarian Chess Federation!

Schedule

February 16 - 18.00 EET (16.00 UTC) - Official opening

February 17 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 1

February 18 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 2

February 19 - Rest Day

February 20 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 3

February 21 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 4

February 22 - Rest Day

February 23 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 5

February 24 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 6

February 25 - Rest Day

February 26 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 7

February 27 - 15.00 EET (13.00 UTC) - Game 8

February 28 - Tie breaks

Attending Activities

16.02.2009

11:40 - Reception of the President of FIDE Mr.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov - Sofia airport, governmental VIP

13:30 - Validating of the postal card dedicated to the match - Hall N.6 of National Palace of Culture

13:45 - Opening the exposition 'Bulgarian chess players' trophies' - Hall N.6 of National Palace of Culture

14:00 - Press Conference with the contenders - National Palace of Culture

17:15 - Visit by the Prime Minister of Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Sergey Stanishev

18:00 - Official Opening Ceremony of the World Chess Championship Challenge match

21:00 - Official dinner for VIP guests of the match with the President of the National Agency for Youth and Sports Mrs.Vesela Lecheva

17.02.2009

07:00 - Visit of the terrain 'Rupite' near Petrich by the President of FIDE Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

15:00 - Start of game 1 of the match - 1st moves - the Prime Minister of Republic of Bulgaria Mr.Sergey Stanishev and the President of FIDE Mr.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

16:00 - Meeting of BALC (Balkan Chess Association) and signing the 'Balkan Grand Prix' contract.

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