Topalov is a very strong Grandmaster from Bulgaria. He has been the highest rated player in the world. In 2006 he played a match for the world championship against Kramnik, but lost. He became very unpopular when he came close to accusing Kramnik of cheating during (and after) the match. In 2010 he played another match for the world championship, this time against Anand, and lost again. He is a very aggressive player who always seems to seek complications, often appearing to disregard positional considerations. He makes good use of psychological factors during play; for example sometimes playing his opponenets' pet lines against them. Topalov is quite difficult to understand as a player; his decisions at the board can be slightly erratic and tend to somewhat randomize his results.

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Here's a game between Karpov and Topalov from a while ago.

Karpov,A-Topalov,V 1994

1.d4 Nf6
2.c4 c5
3.Nf3 cxd4
4.Nxd4 e6
5.g3 Nc6
6.Bg2 Bc5
7.Nb3 Be7
8.Nc3 O-O
9.O-O d6
10.Bf4 Nh5
11.e3 Nxf4
12.exf4 Bd7
13.Qd2 Qb8
14.Rfe1 g6
15.h4 a6
16.h5 b5
17.hxg6 hxg6
18.Nc5 dxc5
19.Qxd7 Rc8
20.Rxe6 Re7
21.Rxg6+ fxg6
22.Qe6+ Kg7
23.Bxc6 Rd8
24.cxb5 Bf6
25.Ne4 Bd4
26.bxa6 Qb6
27.Rd1 Qxa6
28.Rxd4 Rxd4
29.Qf6+ Kg8
30.Qxg6+ Kf8
31.Qe8+ Kg7
32.Qe5+ Kg8
33.Nf6+ Kf7
34.Be8+ Kf8
35.Qxc5+ Qd6
36.Qxa7 Qxf6
37.Bh5 Rd2
38.b3 Rb2
39.Kg2
1-0

Game source: Chesslab - a fantastic online resource.

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