Originally Posted by Action Jackson
Wonder if there was much betting going on this match Merton, if so was Anand the underdog?
The betting markets for chess are not deep but Topalov was the slight favourite before the match. It was reasonable, Topalov had the higher ranking, he looked like a difficult match up for Anand, and the match was taking place in Bulgaria.
After the match we found out that Kasparov, Kramnik and Carlsen (the two previous champs and the current #1 ranked player) all helped Anand for this match. An unprecedented fact for chess, it reveals how much theses guys dislike Topalov and especially his manager Danailov.