European Club Cup: Veselin Topalov on the SOCAR Team Meeting

Время публикации: 11.10.2012 19:17 | Последнее обновление: 11.10.2012 19:17

Today Teimour Tushiev, the correspondent of the Azerbaijani website ,met GM Veselin Topalov, one of the members of the SOCAR team, over the breakfast. GM agreed to answer on several questions. 

"Actually, last time I played in the European Club Cup was in 1999, - Topalov said. - So, the recent Club Cup is practically a new competition for me, as long as I already don't remember how it went previously. I guess it's connected with the fact that earlier the teams which took first and second places didn't usually play against each other during the competition. In other words, not all of the strongest teams faced each other during the toufrnament because of the small amount of rounds. So, the new system should be given a try. Of course, there's always some portion of luck in the Swiss format competitions, but we will try to win all matches. We talked about that on our team meeting yesterday; we will be the 100% winners if we'll be winning in every round."

The Bulgarian player also noted that the order of the players on boards was made regarding the current rating which differs from the official one published for October 1st.

"The current rating was taken into consideration, according to it Shakhriyar is #2 player in the team. Probably, the live-rating shows the current strength of the player. Actually, it doesn't matter for me on which board to play. If the captain would say to play on the last board, I would do that with pleasure." 




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