Tuesday, May 4

Topalov Levels Score in World Championship

This morning, the challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria leveled the score of the World Championship match at 4 games each. He continued a theoretical discussion in the Slav defense, this time obtaining an advantage in an opposite colored bishops endgame. However, the defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India defended resourcefully and would have drawn if he had not blundered with 54... Bc6?? Better was Ba4, allowing the Bishop to defend h7 if needed. Black resigned two moves later because he couldn't stop White's Pawns and active King, e.g. 56... Be8 57. g5 Bc6 58. f4 Be8 59. Bg7 Bc6 60. g6 hxg6 61. Kxg6 Bd7 62. Kf6 Kh7 63. Ke7 Ba4 64. d7 Bxd7 65. Kxd7 Kxg7 66. Kxe6.

Only four games remain in the match! Watch the action LIVE on ICC on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Tuesday beginning at 5:00 in the morning PDT. Anand plays White on Thursday and Sunday.

Current Standings: Anand 5.5 - Topalov 5.5
  1. Topalov 1-0 Anand -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  2. Anand 1-0 Topalov -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  3. Topalov 1/2 Anand -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  4. Anand 1-0 Topalov -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  5. Topalov 1/2 Anand -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  6. Anand 1/2 Topalov -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  7. Anand 1/2 Topalov -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  8. Topalov 1-0 Anand -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  9. Anand 1/2 Topalov -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  10. Topalov 1/2 Anand -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
  11. Anand 1/2 Topalov -- replay -- Chessbase report -- ICC video
If the match somehow ends knotted at 6-6, rapid and blitz tiebreaks will be played on Thursday, May 13. Tiebreak format: Four action games G/25+10 sec/move. If still tied, up to five pairs of blitz games G/5+3 sec/move (as many as 10 games total). If still tied after 12 classical games and 14 rapid/blitz games, they play a single Armageddon game where White has 5 minutes against 4 (no increment) but Black gets draw odds.