The new world champion in rapid chess Daniil Dubov has strongly opposed Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
22-year-old grandmaster from Russia convinced that in a few decades of his countrymen will be ashamed of this episode of history. “Of course, on the Crimean issue I am entirely on the side of Ukraine. History – it changes. We just live in such a period, and history is all nonsense. Well, will two hundred years, well, there is the episode with the Crimea, well, a shame, Yes. But it will pass”, – quotes the words Dubov website chess-news.ru.
He also commented on the decision by some Ukrainian players to boycott the world Cup in rapid chess in St. Petersburg. “For me, chess is more important than politics. I love my country, but, of course, in recent years reasons to be proud we have less. It’s true. But, nevertheless, I subjectively think that the image of chess does not harm the tournament in Russia”, – said the player.