Originally posted by vipiu
Probably most of us are supporting Topalov...we do not like scared chess players that refuse to play.
it is interesting they are both born in 1975.
wikipedia has detail of a superb win by topalov over Ponomariov.
also from wikipedia:
At the most recent FIDE world championship (FIDE World Chess Championship 2005), Kramnik refused to participate, but indicated his willingness to play a match against the winner to unify the world championship. After the tournament, negotiations began for a reunification match between Kramnik and the new FIDE World Champion - Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.
In April 2006, FIDE announced a reunification match between Kramnik and Topalov - the FIDE World Chess Championship 2006. The match will be played in September 2006.
Kramnik has been diagnosed with a rare form of arthritis, called Ankylosing Spondylitis. It causes him great physical discomfort while playing. In January 2006, Kramnik announced that he would skip the Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee to seek out treatment for his arthritis. . He returned from treatment in June, 2006, playing in the 37th Chess Olympiad. He scored a +4 result, earning the highest performance rating (2847) of the 1307 participating players.