Topalov and Danailov on the Candidates matches 2011
Veselin Topalov and his manager Silvio Danailov gave an extensive interview for the National TV before the Candidates Matches 2011. The interview was taken in the city of Sandanski (in south Bulgaria) where Topalov conducted his final preparation for the matches.
Veselin Topalov shared that he expects the Candidates Matches to be a very difficult and long tournament. He is concentrating only on the first match for now, as his last match against Kamsky in Sofia was very balanced, while Topalov clearly states that “Kamsky is much better now than a few years ago”.
Topalov did not reveal all his seconds, but confirmed the usual suspects Cheparinov and L’Ami are in the team.
Asked about the refusal of Carlsen to play, Topalov said, “The FIDE World Championship system is not perfect, but it is clearly better than in previous years. That is why Carlsen did not have any right to refuse playing and to criticise the system.”
Silvio Danailov explained that the first match with Kamsky is the most important, as it will set the psychological path for the rest of the tournament. Danailov was happy that the Russian players are in the other part of the brackets and can only meet Topalov at the final, and said with a smile, “Kazan can be the revenge for Elista.”