Sergey Tolchinsky made first symbolic move in the FIDE World Cup Final

On Thursday, August 5th, the Russian hockey player Sergey Tolchinsky, forward of the Avangard KHL club, was a guest at the FIDE World Cup. The famous athlete, winner of the 2021 Gagarin Cup, made the symbolic first move in the game of the final match between Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland).

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.