Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Separated at Birth: Topalov and Dracula?

This will mean absolutely nothing to you unless you follow chess at the international grandmaster level, but if you do you may find it very funny. Last fall Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik played a match for the world championship of chess. Kramnik won, but not before some major off-the-board antics by Topalov and his manager, who accused Kramnik of cheating. Since Topalov made his charges when he was behind in the match and offered little evidence for them, apart from the claim that Kramnik visited the restroom too often, Topalov has since become something of a pariah among chess fans.

Now a French chess blog has come up with this unflattering comparison between Topalov and . . . well, see for yourself (hat tip: Boylston).

Apologies if you’re a Topalov fan. This was just too precious to pass up.