Anand And Topalov Giving Chess World Great Show

Those of you used to my political analysis, please indulge me as I veer off into the world of of my hobbies.

World Champion Viswanathan Anand (from India) is defending his World Chess Championship title against the Bulgarian Veselin Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria. The match is shaping up to be one of the best in decades and Anand is proving to be one cool cucumber.

Anand, who had lost the first game unceremoniously won the second in sparkling fashion and after drawing the third and winning the fourth game comprehensively, the fans are looking up to him to do what he did to Russian Vladimir Kramnik a couple of years ago at Bonn in Germany.

The scores are now on Anand's side as he leads the 12-game match by a 2.5-1.5 margin.

It was a Queen's gambit declined once again, something that Topalov has apparently prepared for this match which is not coming good given the fact that the Bulgarian has lost his second game with black on the trot.

Garry Kasparov...possibly the greatest Chess player in history, always had the flaw of collapsing under pressure. His match against IBM's Big Blue went horribly due to his temperment. Anand on the other hand looks like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western. The smart money has been on Topalov to take the title, and he may still, but thus far Anand is showing why he has held the title the past few years.