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Veselin Topalov invited in Paris Grand Chess Tour

Veselin Topalov will take part in the first tournament of the Grand Chess Tour 2017 that will be played in Paris 21-25 of June. The event is an rapid and blitz 10 players all play all tournament.

The other players are: Carlsen Nakamura, So ,Máxime, Vachier, Lagrave, Karjakin, Caruana, Grischuk, Mamedyarov and Bacrot.

The Grand Chess Tour 2017 consists of 5 events. Immediately after Paris the Belgian city of Leuven will host another rapid and blitz event between June 26 and July 3.

Later Saint Louis (Missouri) will host first a classical tournament from July 31 until August 12, followed by a rapid and blitz August 13 to August 20.

The last tournament is in London in December with the exact dates to be announced.

Veselin Topalov turns 42


15th of March is a happy date for Veselin,as it is the day he was born.

Veselin becomes 42 and thanks all his fans for their support and wishes.

A funny fact is there are a lot of famous people born on 15th of March, but there are two celebrities that also share same year of birth.

Eva Longoria a world famous actress (Gabrielle in Desperate Housewifes) also celebrates as well as William James Adams, more known as Will.I.Am, member of Black Eyed Peas.




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A busy weekend in Bulgaria

Last weekend has been very busy for Veselin Topalov in Bulgaria,as only in two days he visited 4 cities and gave simultaneous exhibitions in each of them.

The first step of Veselin's tour was the city of Vratza where he went on Saturday 4 of March to support Ivan Genov for the next parliamentary elections in Bulgaria on 26.03.17.Ivan Genov is a Vice President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation and has been twice CEO of the nuclear power plant of KOZLODUY in different periods.

On the afternoon of the same Saturday Veselin Topalov visited the final of the Bulgarian Women Chess championship in Pleven and later gave another exhibition against children in the city hall supporting Vasil Antonov for the parliamentary member for the next elections in Bulgaria.Vasil Antonov is a board member of the Bulgarian chess federation and also an owner of the best quality hotel of Pleven-hotel Rostov.

Plevens Mayor Georg Spartansky also attended the simultaneous and presented Topalov with a cake in form of a chess board.

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Topalov to play Vugar Gashimov Memorial

Veselin Topalov will take part in the 4th Tournament in Shamkir in the memory of one of the greatest chess players Azerbaijan ever had.Vugar Gashimov passed away only at the age of 27 not before bringing Azerbaijan the first European team championship title in Novi Sad 2009 after beating Daniel Stellwagen in the decisive game.He was a top 10 world player and reached number 6 in 2009 November rating list.

The 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial will take place between 20-30.04.2017 in the city of Shamkir.A very strong field will meet grandmasters So, Kramnik, Karjakin, Adams, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Eljanov, Harikrishna, Wojtaczek, as well as Topalov.

The tournament is sponsored by Synergy Group.



Career highlights

Grand Chess Tour 2017 - Paris (June 21st - 25th)

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Topalov - Anand 1:0
1st MTel Masters, Sofia (round 6)

Carlsen - Topalov 0:1
3rd Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis (round 1)

Topalov - Kramnik 1:0
Corus 2008, Wijk aan Zee (round 9)