Wednesday 11 February 2009

Kamsky v Topalov

The World Chess Challenge between Gata Kamsky and Veselin Topalov gets starts in under a week. The 8 game match is to decide who gets to challenge current World Champion Viswanathan Anand is the next World Championship Match.
The event is being held in Sofia, Bulgaria, which must favour Topalov. Another thing in Topalov's favour is his +4=4-0 record against Kamsky. Taking both these factors into account I am tipping a win to Topalov, 4.5-2.5. Just to be bold, my extended prediction has Kamsky ahead 2.5-1.5 after 4 games, with 3 draws and a win for Kamsky in game 2 or 3 (whichever he has White in). The Topalov will rattle off 3 wins in games 5-7 to finish in front.
Full coverage of the match can be found at the link above.


TrueFiendish said...

Kamsky and Topalov--two finer human beings you could not hope to meet. Go Anand.

Kevin Bonham said...

I have tipped the same margin (without first seeing your post). I hope I am wrong and Kamsky returns to his best and makes a fight of it but the form card very much suggests otherwise.