Veselin Topalov: "Outrageous FIDE Rules. How Can You Allow Draw Agreement on the 3rd Move?"

Время публикации: 16.09.2015 01:14 | Последнее обновление: 16.09.2015 13:56
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The rating favourite of the FIDE World Cup Veselin Topalov defeated Sergei Zhigalko in the return game to proceed to the next round. His next rival will be Lu Shanglei of China. The GM from Belarus is leaving to his motherland. 

"I carried out a new plan in the opening, - the winner told Chess-News. - Sergei lost a lot of time and at some point I already got a big advantage. I don't know if I played in the best possible way, but generally I am satisfied."

Let us remind you, in the first classical game Zhigalko offered Topalov a draw already in the opening. This is how Topalov commented on the situation: "Those outrageous FIDE rules... How can you allow the players to draw on the already third move?"

Topalov's commentary at full is available in the audio player (in Russian). 

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.15"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Zhigalko, Sergei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E15"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "Nimzovich variation (exaggerated fianchetto)"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Board "1"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Bg2 c6 9. e4 d5 10. Qe2 b5 11. e5 Ne8 12. cxb5 cxb5 13. Qe3 Nc6 14. Bf1 Rc8 15. Bd3 Nc7 16. Rc1 Ba3 17. Rd1 Be7 18. h4 b4 19. Ne2 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 f5 21. Rc1 Qd7 22. Bg5 h6 23. Bd2 a6 24. Rg1 Nb5 25. g4 f4 26. g5 hxg5 27. Qg6 Bd8 28. Rxg5 Qf7 29. Qxf7+ Kxf7 30. Bxb4 Be7 31. Bxe7 Nxe7 32. Rxc8 Rxc8 33. Rg4 Nf5 34. Rxf4 Rc2 35. Ng3 Rxa2 36. Nxf5 exf5 37. Rxf5+ Ke6 38. Rf4 Ra1+ 39. Kd2 Ra2+ 40. Ke3 Ra3 41. Ng5+ Kd7 42. Rf7+ Kc6 43. Rxg7 Rxb3+ 44. Kf4 Nxd4 45. Rg6+ Kc5 46. Rxa6 Rb4 47. h5 Nc6+ 48. Kf5 Rh4 49. f4 Rxh5 50. Ra1 d4 51. Ke4 d3 52. Rc1+ Kb5 53. Kxd3 Nxe5+ 54. fxe5 Rxg5 55. Ke4 Rg2 56. e6 Kb6 57. Ke5 Kb7 58. e7 Re2+ 59. Kf6 Rf2+ 60. Ke6 Re2+ 61. Kf7 Rf2+ 62. Ke8 Rf3 63. Rc4 Rf1 64. Kd7 Rd1+ 65. Ke6 Re1+ 66. Kd6 Kb6 67. Rb4+ Ka7 68. Rb5 1-0

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