GM Veselin Topalov

Full name
Veselin Topalov
Born
Mar 15, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth
Ruse, Bulgaria
Federation
Bulgaria
Profiles

A super-GM who has consistently been among the world’s greatest players for over a decade, Veselin Topalov is one of a kind. He has played in three different World Championship matches, becoming the World Champion in 2005, and won countless tournaments featuring other top players. Always considered one of the toughest players to face in the world, Topalov has continued to astonish players with his continuous strength, not losing any skills despite having played the game for so long.

Veselin Topalov learned to play chess at the age of 8. He was a chess prodigy who began working with International Master Silvio Danailov when he was 12 years old. Danailov continues to be Topalov’s manager to this day. Topalov became an International Master in 1989 and a Grandmaster in 1992. From 1994-2004, Topalov became one of the best players in the world. He came in first place in multiple tournaments all while playing against the strongest competition. It was during this time, in 1999, that he was involved in the game against Garry Kasparov which is generally considered one of the greatest games ever. After these 10 years, Topalov began to start playing in matches for the World Championship. In the years 2005, 2006 and 2010 he played in a match to decide the World Champion. He became the World Champion in 2005 but lost his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2006. In 2010 he played against Viswanathan Anand but also lost the match, despite it being a very close margin. He continues to be one of the toughest opponents to face in chess and is consistently ranked among the top 15 players in the world.

Best Game


Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : A40 D02 A41
Queen's Indian Defense (60) : E17 E15 E16 E12
Indian Game (7) : E10 A46
Bishop's Opening (3) : C24 C28
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C53
Reti Opening (9) : A09 A05 A06 A04
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D71
Modern Defense (7) : B06
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C44
Dutch Defense (13) : A85 A80 A81 A96 A90
Scandinavian Defense (6) : B01
Pirc Defense (9) : B07
King's Indian Attack (3) : A07
Catalan Opening (13) : E00 E01 E05
Petrov's Defense (38) : C42
Semi-Slav Defense (33) : D47 D44 D43 D45 D48
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A43 A56
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (4) : B06
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Queen's Gambit Accepted (16) : D20 D26 D27
Alekhine Defense (3) : B04
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (3) : D44
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Torre Attack (2) : A48
Undefined (6) : A00
Old Indian Defense (4) : A53 A54
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Philidor Defense (4) : C41
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Four Knights Game (2) : C47
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D34
Budapest Defense (1) : A51
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Black Pieces
King's Indian Attack (15) : A07
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C50 C53
Reti Opening (25) : A06 A09 A05 A04
Queen's Pawn Opening (23) : D00 D02 A43 A40 A41 E00
Caro-Kann Defense (30) : B10 B18 B12 B13 B19 B17
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (3) : A01
Vienna Game (3) : C26 C25
Bishop's Opening (3) : C26 C24
Semi-Slav Defense (24) : D43 D47 D45 D46
Catalan Opening (15) : E01 E05 E00
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Four Knights Game (2) : C46
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (2) : D70
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (6) : D73 D71 D78
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C33
Queen's Indian Defense (9) : E15 E17 E16 E12
Petrov's Defense (15) : C42 C43
Scotch Game (6) : C45
Pirc Defense (8) : B08 B07 B09
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Undefined (1) : A00
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (11) : A58 A59
Queen's Gambit Accepted (6) : D27 D26 D28
Benko Gambit Declined (8) : A57
Modern Defense (3) : A42 B06 A41
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (4) : A40
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (6) : A57
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Torre Attack (4) : A46 A48
London System (1) : A48
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Alekhine Defense (1) : B04
Bogo-Indian Defense (2) : E11
Old Indian Defense (9) : A54 A53
Budapest Defense (1) : A52

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