FIDE World Champion Vesselin Topalov has just won the Chess Oscar award for 2005. He collected 4376 points, first in the survey of Russian magazine 64.

Viswanathan Anand came in second. Levon Aronian of Armenia came in third. This is actually the exact order that I voted. Congratulations to Topalov!

The magazine’s ranking takes into account the votes of 361 journalists from 68 countries. Topalov received the support of 293 journalists, guaranteeing him the first place and the annual award. It was a well deserved award for Topalov! Congratulations!
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Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar