Veselin Topalov chats with The Chess Drum

Former World Champion Veselin Topalov with Daaim Shabazz in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Photo by The Chess Drum.

Veselin Topalov has seen a thing or two in chess. Known as a tremendous fighter and the master of the exchange sacrifice, he has playing many a scintillating game. However, he is a bit more relaxed and is just enjoying the game without all the added pressures.

The Chess Drum was able to get an interview with 2005 FIDE World Champion and he candidly spoke on a variety of topics including the idea of whether white or black should have to choose for the right of the first move. Very bold and insightful comments! He also spoke about his impressions of how this event would impact Africa and his outlook on chess talent in the future.

GM Veselin Topalov 9:59 minutes

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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