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Chess Oscar 2005 for Veselin Topalov

4/30/2006 – Few will be surprised to learn that FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov has won the chess Oscar for 2005. 361 chess experts from 68 countries awarded him a total of 4376 points. Indian chess star Vishy Anand is a relatively close second with 3495 points, the retired Garry Kasparov is 7th with 1001. More...
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The Russian chess magazine «64» has announced that the winner of the eleventh chess Oscar is the current FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov. He was chosen by 361 chess experts from 68 countries. These experts nominated the ten strongest players, awarding 13 points for the first nominee, 11 for the second, nine for the third, seven for the fourth, six for fifth.... until one for the tenth.

Veselin Topalov with his Chess Oscar

The bronze figurine of the "Fascinated Wanderer" will be formally handed over to Topalov on May 10th 2006 at the opening of the international tournament in Sofia. In ceremony will most likely be attended by the president of Bulgaria, George Pravanov, and the president of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who will hand over the prize to the winner.

In the followint table you can see how many points each player received, and how often that player appeared first on the 293 lists submitted.

Pl. Player Country Points
1 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria   4376
2 Viswanathan Anand India 3495
3 Levon Aronian Armenia 2721
4 Peter Svidler Russia 1881
5 Peter Leko Hungary 1187
6 Alexander Morozevich   Russia 1025
7 Garry Kasparov Russia 1001
8 Vasily Ivanchuk Ukraine 968
9 Ruslan Ponomarev Ukraine 821
10 Magnus Carlsen Norway 433

The above rankings appeared on in a report published by the Oscar organisers «64». The official FIDE Oscar site give a slightly different graph of "voting results".

Points achieved by the top 50 nominees

  1 Topalov, Veselin (BUL)
  2 Anand, Viswanathan (IND)
  3 Aronian, Levon (ARM)
  4 Kasparov, Garry (RUS)
  5 Atalik, Suat (TUR)
  6 Gurevich, Mikhail (TUR)
  7 Leko, Peter (HUN)
  8 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)
  9 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
10 Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)
11 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)
12 Morozevich, Alexander (RUS)
13 Polgar, Judit (HUN)
14 Akopian, Vladimir (ARM)
15 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)
16 Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS)
17 Adams, Michael (ENG)
18 Karpov, Anatoly (RUS)
19 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
20 Asrian, Karen (ARM)
21 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
22 Harikrishna, P. (IND)
23 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
24 Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND)
25 Kamsky, Gata (USA)
26 Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL)
27 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
28 Movsesian, Sergei (SVK)
29 Shirov, Alexei (ESP)
30 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB)
31 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)
32 Paragua, Mark (PHI)
33 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROM)
34 Nakamura, Hikaru (USA)
35 Georgiev, Kiril (BUL)
36 Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER)
37 Bareev, Evgeny (RUS)
38 Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP) 
39 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
40 Short, Nigel D. (ENG)
41 Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS)
42 Bruzon, Lazaro (CUB)
43 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab (GEO)
44 Vescovi, Giovanni (BRA)
45 Zhang, Zhong (CHN)
46 Van Wely, Loek (NED)
47 Miton, Kamil (POL)
48 Izoria, Zviad (GEO)
49 Ibragimov, Ildar (USA)
50 Aleksandrov, Aleksej (BLR)


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