"The fifth game started like any other. After some preparation and lunch it was 2:30 PM and I took a nap. When I came downstairs at 5 PM I was surprised to see Veselin in “civil clothes”. My first thought was that it was some short draw, but Veselin told me about what happened. Kramnik did not play the game.
I will not describe the scandal all over again, most of the facts are known. After coming back to the US and reading some reviews and talking about the issue with my colleagues, I realized that I’m one of the not so many supporters of Topalov in this conflict.
In this article I don’t want to argue about who was wrong and who was right. Time will show. I just want to say something that I know for sure, what I felt and I saw from inside and not from reading the Russian press or the ChessBase articles.
1. Nobody in our team considered the match situation catastrophic, not when the score was 0:2 and not when it was 1:3. In fact, we all believed that Topalov had great chances to win the match. Why not? It’s well known that Topalov plays better toward the end. His performance in Linares and Sophia proves it. Physically he is much stronger than Kramnik.
2. The manager of Topalov, Silvio Danailov sincerely believed that Kramnik’s behavior was suspicious and he suspected him of using outside help, so his protests had a purpose to stop whatever it could be and not just to disturb Kramnik.
3. Topalov is a great fighter and he has never wanted the match to be stopped. All he wanted was fair play. "
Acknowledgements to US Chess Online and GM Onischuk.