Topalov Didn't Let Kramnik Use Extra Lighting. Kramnik: "That's Okay, I'm Even Better in Blindfold!"
The central match of the European Club between Siberia and SOCAR has started in Skopje. On board 1, Vladimir Kramnik is being White against his old implacable rival Veselin Topalov.
Many players and arbiters have pointed out that the playing hall is too dark. The organizers had failed to anticipate it, while several days before the beginning it turned out to be too late for the complete solution.
Kramnik joined the play in round 3. Before his first game in the ECC, he asked Ashot Vardapetyan, the chief arbiter, to set an extra table lamp on his table. The arbiter permitted it under the condition that Kramnik's opponents wouldn't object. Both of the previous Kramnik's opponents, Svidler and Nepomniachtchi, were okay with that.
However, today Veselin Topalov has been against the extra lighting. Kramnik just smiled, saying: "That's okay, I'm even better in blindfold!"
As usual, the rivals avoided the handshake. 🙁