In the mood for Lvov
By Malcolm Pein
Last Updated: 12:01am BST

Following months of wrangling and uncertainty the world title eliminator between Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Gata Kamsky of the USA looks certain to take place at Lvov in Ukraine and have a prize fund of $750,000. The Bulgarians had originally offered to stage the match in Sofia for a fraction of the money but Kamsky was unwilling to play in his opponent’s home city.

One of Kamsky’s advisors was able to raise funds to stage the match in Ukraine which was the least worst option for Topalov and his team who were desperate not to play in Russia after the Toiletgate scandals at Elista during Topalov’s failed attempt to wrest the title from Vladimir Kramnik in the 2006 unification contest.

The eight game match will start on November 28 and will last twenty days including possible tie breaks.

Kamsky’s record against Topalov is dire, four defeats and four draws but perhaps he should take heart from the last American to take a shot at the world title. Bobby Fischer had never beaten Boris Spassky before they played their match at Reykjavik in 1972.

Source: Telegraph

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