letter by Stefan Sergiev in the late Friday afternoon
Today, September 26th 2008, the President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Stefan Sergiev has protested sharply against the development of the story around the match Kamsky – Topalov. This letters follows the previous protest from April 10. The letter has been sent out to the Bulgarian press news agencies and the text is only in Bulgarian. Chessdom.com presents you the exact translation of his words, even though it contains several factual mistakes and finishes in a strange way.
Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov,
The Bulgarian sports community worries about the uncertainty around the semi final match between GM Veselin Topalov and GM Gata Kamsky. The decision taken at the PB meeting in Tallinn in 2007 was welcomed by everyone expecting the end of the schism in the chess family. This decision was confirmed at the November 2007 congress in Antalia. Everyone expected it to become true and the match date to be appointed. Until now this did not happen and that fact practically questions whether the match will take place.
On June 1st, after all the deadlines were over, you personally declared that you guarantee the prize fund and took the responsibility for its organization. Since then more than 3 months have passed. We still do not know any details about where and in what conditions will be the match, and the announced by you date November 26th is approaching.
Mr Ilymzhinov, please inform me where and when the match will take place. We insist the decision for the match to be reflected in the players contracts, and they to be signed before the other semi final match between GM Kramnik and GM Anand. Further delay could be fatal and to ruin all the efforts so far. I think nobody has interest in the failure of the match Topalov – Kamsky. The Bulgarian chess player who is N1 in the current rank list cannot be eliminated from the competition for the world championship.
Stefan Sergiev, President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation
The text in Bulgarian is from the Bulgarian Telegraph agency, as well as Focus news, Sportal, etc.