'Blind Chess World Duel' Topalov-Polgar

11/23/2006 – From December 7–9 the Basque city of Bilbao, on the northern coast of Spain, will pay host to a blindfold match between former FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov and the greatest female player the game has know, Judit Polgar. Earlier this week the event was introduced with a blindfold simul by Topalov. Picture and video impressions.

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Blindfold match Topalov vs Polgar

From December 7–9, 2006, there will be a blindfold match between former FIDE world champions Veselin Topalov and the strongest female player in the history of the game, Judit Polgar. Billed as "Blind Chess World Duel" it will take place in the world famous Gugenheim Museum in the Basque city of Bilbao.

The event was introduced this week by the Mayor of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna, in the "Arabian Room" of the city hall. Veselin Topalov, who lives in Spain, was present and gave the visitors a taste of blindfold chess. He played three simultaneous blindfold games, against a soccer star from Athletico Bilbao, Julen Gerrero, the cyclist Antxon Luengo und the Basque director of ONCE (Organización Nacional de Ciegos de España = Blinfold National Organization of Spain) Cristino Burgoa. Gerrero managed to get a draw from Topalov.

Impressions from Bilbao

By Nadja Woisin


El Ayuntamiento – the town hall – of Bilbao


The Mayor of Bilbao Iñaki Azkuna greets the guests


Veselin Topalov receives a greeting gift from the Mayor


The setup of the exhibition blindfold simul to be given by Veselin Topalov


The simultaneous master is blindfolded...


... and "faces" (actually turns his back on) his three opponents


We tend to feel that soccer star Julen Guerrero is not playing all by himself


ONCE director Cristino Burgoa, who is genuinely blind


Afterwards a stroll through the city (Topalov with Basque journalist Leontxo Garcia)


"El puente de Calatraba" – the Calatrava bridge


The Guggenheim Museum, the venue of the blindfold match Topalov-Polgar

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