Topalov-Radjabov game for the world title agreed
The prize fund is $1.5 million.
Sofia, May 15, 2006 – The manager of the Chess World Champion Veselin Topalov, Silvio Danailov, and the Minister of Sport of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov, agreed yesterday on a game for the world title to be held between Topalov and the Azerbaijanian Teimour Radjabov (Elo 2720). All conditions of the World Champion have been accepted and the two sides have signed a memorandum.
The Minister of Sport of Azerbaijan, Azad Rahimov, with Topalov's manager Silvio Danailov
The match will probably take place in April 2007 in Baku. The award fund will be $1.5 million, of which $1 million will be for Topalov. According to the rules of FIDE every chess player with an Elo rating over 2700 can challenge the World Champion in a game for the title. Radjabov, currently number 13 in the FIDE ranking, will be the next challenger if Topalov defends his title in the game against Kramnik in September this year in the capital of Kalmykia, Elista.
FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov
The challenger: GM Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijan
The minister executes the first move in Bacrot's game against Topalov
Discussions with FIDE officer GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili
...and an interview with Bulgarian TV
Photos by Dagobert Kohlmeyer