Veselin Topalov Officially Demands Return Match from Kramnik
15 December 2006 09:35 FOCUS News Agency


The leader in the world ranking list of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Veselin Topalov has officially demanded a return match from Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik who won the word chess title in October in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, Topalov’s press officer Zhivko Ginchev told FOCUS News Agency.

According to FIDE’s rules, each player whose ELO rating is over 2700, or who is a former world chess champion can challenge the current champion to a return match. “The official proposal for a return match was sent late last night to FIDE’s headquarters”, Silvio Danailov, Topalov’s manager said. Bulgaria is ready to organize the match in the period between April 12 and 30, 2007 in Sofia.

The competition will be held under the auspices of Bulgaria’s President Georgi Pavanov, who was the first to support the idea about a return match. Besides, Bulgaria is ready to provide the reward – USD 1 million (without taxes) for the winner; USD 500,000 for the second place and USD 300,000 for FIDE.

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