Veselin Topalov is World's New Chess Champion (14/10/2005)!!!
Bulgaria's chess master Vesselin Topalov with his unsurpassable score of 9.5 points from 13 games has emerged the New World Chess Champion, 2005.
This is Topalov's biggest achievement after beating legendry Gary Kasparov at Linares this year and a group of top 6 chess players including Anand at Sofia to lift the Mtel Trophy.
Veselin Topalov (born March 15, 1975) is a Bulgarian chess player. In the October 2003 FIDE rating list, he was number six in the world with an Elo rating of 2735.
He was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. He was taught the rules of chess when he was eight years old by his father. In 1989 he won the World Under-14 Championship in Aguadilja, Puerto Rico, and in 1990 won the silver medal at the World Under-16 Championship in Singapore. He became a Grandmaster in 1992.
Topalov has been leader of the Bulgarian national team since 1994. At the Chess Olympiad in 1994 in Moscow he beat Gary Kasparov, and led the Bulgarians to a fourth-place finish. He has won a number of tournaments, and at the FIDE World Championship in New Delhi in 2000 reached the quarter-finals.
1996 Madrid (1st-2nd), 1996 Amsterdam (1st-2nd), 1996 Leon ESP (1st-2nd), 1996 Novgorod (1st), 1996 Vienna (1st-3rd), 1996 Dos Hermanas (1st-2nd), 1997 Madrid (1st-2nd), 2001 Dortmund GER (1st-2nd), 2002 Cannes FRA (1st-2nd), 2002 Candidates final match vs. Leko (+1-2=1); Dortmund, 2004 Linares (1st-2nd); 2005, MTel Masters, Sofia (1-st place), FIDE World Championship San Luis, Argentina (1-st place)