This morning at approximately 11:00 AM EST, Vladimir Kramnik defeated Veselin Topalov in a decisive Game 4 Rapid Tie-break to become the Unified World Chess Champion.
Congratulations To both players for a match well played. Topalov deserves alot of credit for the hard work he put into this match. He gave very little, but in the end, Kramnik's exceptional positional style won the day in a 2R+B vs. 2R+B endgame, in which Topalov dropped a Rook in complications.
Tie-Breaks, Topalov, White:
Game 1: 1/2 - 1/2
Game 2: Kramnik, 1-0
Game 3: Topalov, 1-0
Game 4: Kramnik, 1-0
It is interesting to note that the three decisive games were all won by white.
International Herald Tribune/Europe
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