"Their Only Goal is to Destroy". Veselin Topalov Speaks Out In Support of Silvio Danailov

Время публикации: 13.06.2015 13:03 | Последнее обновление: 13.06.2015 13:38

Veselin Topalov has issued an open letter in support of his long-time manager Silvio Danailov. We would remind you that recently, the experienced Bulgarian grandmaster Kiril Georgiev and others accused the leadership of the Bulgarian federation (BCF), at the head of which is Danailov, of corruption. Topalov describes the accusers' campaign as aggressive and a smear, shares certain facts and poses some questions. [The original letter was published in Bulgarian. The translation below is based on the English version published at Chessdom, which we have edited and improved. - CN]

"With great amusement I am following the aggressive smear campaign against the BCF and its leadership, led by Stefan Sergiev, Kiril Georgiev, Ventsislav Inkiov, and Metodi Stoinev. That is why I would like to share some facts.

From the published documents it is clear that Stefan Sergiev was a secret agent for the DS (ie. the national security agency under Communism), which deprives him of the moral right to speak about principles. In my opinion, among the people who have worked or reported for the DS, there are really talented and well-prepared peindividuals, but Stefan Sergiev is not one of them. Besides, as far as I understand is, the current trend in Bulgaria is not to welcome such people to positions of leadership.

Recently, with great indignation I learned that via the company owned by his son Stefan Sergiev has sold the chairs on which we sat with Anand during the World Championship match in Sofia in 2010. Whereas in Argentina, to this day they still keep the tables and the chairs from historical events played there, such as the matches for the world title between Alekhine – Capablanca in 1927, Fischer – Petrosian in 1972, and the table and chair I used when I became World Champion in Saint Luis in 2005, all of which are kept as historical and cultural artifacts, the Sofia artifacts have gone, to line the pockets of the fake “historian” of Bulgarian chess, Stefan Sergiev.

You know, since my manager Silvio Danailov became President of the BCF (in 2010 until today), I have played two European Team Championships and two Olympiads for free, so that such people as Stefan Sergiev can receive large amounts of money over the same period, for writing books that no one buys.

I would like to ask Stefan Sergiev and the other “gentlemen” – how much according to them should I receive for my gold medals from the European Championships in Warsaw in 2013 and the Olympiad in Tromso in 2014, if Stefan Sergiev has received over 50000 eur? Don’t they think that if Silvio Danailov wanted money, it was within his rights to pay me large amounts and then take his percentage?

I would like to ask Kiril Georgiev, Ventsislav Inkiov, and Metodi Stoinev: didn't they think that the Candidates Tournament in Khanty Mansiysk in 2014 was important for the BCF, so that they should allocate money for my preparation? Didn’t Silvio Danailov save tens of thousands of euros for the BCF, so that other activities could take place, for which otherwise there was no money? I would also like to ask Kiril Georgiev why he thinks that the BCF should always help people like himself, who are ready at any moment to go and play for another country, as he did with Macedonia, and then to come back to play for Bulgaria when the offer is good enough? Isn’t it better for the BCF to search for and invest in young talent, rather than pay conditions to a player who has shown 4 outrageous results in his last 4 appearances for the national team? Isn’t it a better priority for the BCF to concentrate on chess in schools, or to partner the European Parliament and UNESCO, something that 4 years ago the BCF was only dreaming of? I personally believe it is better to invest in the future, rather than in players who have already received a lot.

To all those supporting the smear campaign of the above-mentioned people, clearly serving the interest of a third party, I would like to say that their only goal is to destroy and they will never build anything positive for the BCF and Bulgaria.

Veselin Topalov

Salamanca 11.05.2015"


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