Gata Kamsky vs. Vespin Topalov. (misspelled no doubt)
The winner to take on Anand sometime later this year for the 2009 Chess Championship.
The cool thing is, Gata is American. Raised in Russia, learned his game there, but moved here for all the normal reasons.
Topalov is Bulgarian. They are playing 8 games in Bulgaria, starting tomorrow (Feb 16th) running until, I think, the 23rd.
Topalov is a former world champ. Gata took a number of years off and is where he is now as a result of his unretirement a year or two or so ago. I believe Gata made it to the #2 slot once before and then lost to one of the big names from last generation, precipitaing his retirement.
Anyhow-I know-Groans from the gallery- yada yada yada.
If Gata wins and then beats Anand, he will be only the second American World Champ ever, the other one being, of course, Bobby Fischer. That's gotta be interesting, right?