After the ceremony, Sergey Tolchinsky visited the tournament commentator’s booth where he was interviewed by Grand Master Almira Skripchenko and answered some questions from the media. He said that he was attending this type of competition for the first time.
"I felt the tension when I made the first move. Of course, I wanted to help Sergey Karjakin by moving the h2 pawn, but for some reason Duda didn’t allow it (laughs). Of course, I know who the leading chess players are, but I don't know any of them personally. I sometimes play chess in the application, and also occasionally watch some highlights, and game analysis", said he.