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Chess Poll: Topalov vs. Kramnik

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They were both born in 1975. Both won the World Chess Championship. Both belong to the elite group of six chess players rated 2800+ at some point of their careers. But who is a better chess player - Veselin Topalov or Vladimir Kramnik? It's up to you to decide.

The poll will run for a week, until November 16th.

Who is a better chess player?

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UPDATE: Vladimir Kramnik won the challenge 46-15

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 2 Tie-breaks

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 2 Game 2 Results

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Before the match the Russian Champion Natalia Pogonina had an equal score against ex-World Women's Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (+1 =1 -1). At WWCC'12 Natalia dominated in both games and scored a nice win with White in game 2, thus proceeding to Round 3

Overall, day 2 of Round 2 was full of surprises and shocking upsets. Koneru Humpy, the highest-rated player of the tournament, lost the second game in a row and was eliminated by Natalia Zhukova. Now all her hopes are on Hou Yifan (if the Chinese player wins the WWCC, then Koneru will challenge her for the title in 2013). However, the reigning champion lost with White to Monika Socko. Everything will be decided on the tie-breaks. Valentina Gunina, the European Women's Chess Champion, lost a critical game to her experienced and renowned compatriot Alisa Galliamova.  Two more of the main favorites got eliminated - Kateryna Lahno lost as White to Lela Javakhisvili, and Viktoria Cmilyte was defeated by Huang Qian. There were a few more amazing results and comebacks today. In fact, it's hard to think of more surprises than happened in Round 2 Game 2:

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As can be seen from the table, 10 players have qualified for Round 3 already, while 6 more pairs will be playing tie-breaks tomorrow.

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 2 Game 2

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

FIDE-affiliated chess academy? Ok, congrats

World Senior Chess Championship is underway

World Women's Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansyisk - 32 players eliminated already

Sue me

Vassily Ivanchuk won Kings Tournament in Bucharest on tie-break

FIDE President @ World Women's Chess Championship

Who was the lucky winner?

Dmitry Andreikin is on a roll, won MGSU Rector Cup

Svetlana Andreikina: The cup is very beautiful, large and heavy...but how will we deliver it home?!

Commanding lead so far, but two more days to vote

We don't need no...supergrandmasters

Chess news: The concept of introducing a new title wasn't supported by the grandmasters

Have we missed some of the best tweets? You can contribute to our next top-10 stories chart by retweeting the post you like and adding @Pogonina to the message so that we can see it.

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Women's World Chess Championship Round 2 Game 1 Results

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Humpy Koneru (2610), the rating favorite of the event, suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Natalia Zhukova (2451)

All the other results can't be called sensational:

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Vassily Ivanchuk wins Kings Tournament

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Vassily Ivanchuk won the VI-th Kings Tournament in Roumania, Bucharest. In classical chess he scored 3.5/6 and shared first with Veselin Topalov. Fabiano Caruana earned 3 points and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu - 2.

The fate of the trophy was decided in a rapid tie-break match between Vassily and Veselin. Unlike in Cap d'Agde, this time the Ukrainian chess GM was victorious: 1.5-0.5.

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Russian Channel One reports about the Women's World Chess Championship

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