:: Topalov - Kramnik Reunification Match

Vladimir Kramnik – World Chess Champion 2006
Vladimir Kramnik of Russia has won the World Championship Match against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in tie-breaks with the score 2.5 - 1.5. The total score of the Match is Vladimir Kramnik 8.5 - Veselin Topalov 7.5

The critical game:
Kramnik,V (2743) - Topalov,V (2813)
World Championship, Elista Russia, Play-offs (4th game), 13.10.2006

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Be2 Bb7 9. O-O Be7 10. e4 b4 11. e5 bxc3 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. bxc3 c5 14. dxc5 Nxc5 15. Bb5+ Kf8 16. Qxd8+ Rxd8 17. Ba3 Rc8 18. Nd4 Be7 19. Rfd1 a6 20. Bf1 Na4 21. Rab1 Be4 22. Rb3 Bxa3 23. Rxa3 Nc5 24. Nb3 Ke7 25. Rd4 Bg6 26. c4 Rc6 27. Nxc5 Rxc5 28. Rxa6 Rb8 29. Rd1 Rb2 30. Ra7+ Kf6 31. Ra1 Rf5 32. f3 Re5 33. Ra3 Rc2 34. Rb3 Ra5 35. a4 Ke7 36. Rb5 Ra7 37. a5 Kd6 38. a6 Kc7 39. c5 Rc3 40. Raa5 Rc1 41. Rb3 Kc6 42. Rb6+ Kc7 43. Kf2 Rc2+ 44. Ke3 Rxc5?? 45. Rb7+ 1-0

  01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Tie Breaks Total
Veselin Topalov 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.5 7.5
Vladimir Kramnik 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 2.5 8.5

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10.10.2006 Open Letter of Carsten Hensel

FIDE President
H.E. Kirsan Illyumzhinov

Head of the 2006 Executive Committee
Mr. Valery Bovaev

Dear Mr. President, Gentlemen,

Having received innumerable published and unpublished inquiries I would like to clarify, in the name of Vladimir Kramnik and his team, our position in the decision taken by FIDE regarding the fifth game of the current World Championship match.

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FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a statement: Match will be continued. The score 3-2
On Sunday, 1st October, around 23.30 hrs, i.e. a half an hour before the deadline of the ultimatum given to the players, the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a statement, which has finally eliminated all the issues regarding the possibility of the continuation of the World Championship match Topalov-Kramnik. It must be continued from the 6th game with the 3:2 score.

Before this, the Organising Committee has complied with two out of three demands of Vladimir Kramnik: the members of the Appeals Committee have been replaced and after an unbelievably scrupulous inspection of the restrooms by the Bulgarian side – agreed for the use of the personal bathrooms by the participants. There was no compromise regarding the sole issue – the score, with which the opponents would continue the match. From a purely legal point of view, as the IOC lawyers confirmed, the arbiter in accordance with the regulations started Kramnik’s clock, and the game was forfeited due to the time loss.

Kramnik, from his side, was insisting that the clock was started due to the wrong (and nearly ill-intentioned) decision of the Appeals Committee, and therefore it should be considered invalid. Of course, it means that the score should remain 3:1, and the 5th game has to be replayed, rather than the 6th game played.

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Elista, 1 October 2006 - Press release

On 29-30 September 2006, in City Chess the FIDE President has held several rounds of negotiations with the representatives of the World Chess Championship match participants. Despite existing deep contradictions in the approaches for the settlement of the conflict situation, the parties have succeeded in reaching considerable progress.

Firstly, the issue of the bathrooms for the players has been solved. The team of V. Topalov has agreed for opening the bathrooms in the restrooms of the players. Also, an agreement has been reached that the players will be using the restrooms permanently assigned to each of them during the whole duration of the match. The both teams will be provided with a possibility of thorough inspection of the respective opponent’s bathroom.

Secondly, the members of the Match Appeals Committee with the aim of assisting to the FIDE President in finding a solution in this conflict situation and fully realizing the necessity to continue the match, have submitted a letter with their voluntary resignation to the FIDE President. The petition has been satisfied. Until the appointment of the new members and their arrival in Elista, the functions of the Appeals Committee will be performed by the FIDE President.

At the same time there is a continuation of the negotiations in respect of the issues, which have remained unsettled.

The FIDE President once again addresses both parties with an appeal to meet each other halfway in order to continue the match for the sake of the millions of chess fans who are impatiently waiting for the peaceful outcome of the conflict.

FIDE President`s decision to postpone Game of 30 September of the Match

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov accepted the proposal of the Chief Arbiter of the World Chess Championship Match Topalov-Kramnik Mr. Geurt Gijssen to postpone the Game of today. In his Letter to the players, the FIDE President calls the players to discuss the actual situation and solve the problems.
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Game 5, 29.09.2006

Kramnik, Vladimir - Topalov, Veselin 0-1*

* Vladimir Kramnik didn't show up to play as a gesture of protest and disagreement against the decision of the Appeals Committee.
- Read the open letter of the Manager of Vladimir Kramnik, Mr. Carsten Hensel, addressed to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

World Championship Match Appeals Committee Decision on the Appeal of Mr. Danailov

FIDE is publishing the Decision of the Appeal`s Committee of the World Chess Championship Match Topalov-Kramnik to the Appeal of the Head of the Bulgarian Delegation Mr. Silvio Danailov English translation, dated 28 September 2006.
Read Decision of the Appeal in jpg format.
Russian version of the Decision for Russian speaking. Read Decision of the Appeal in html format for better view.

The World Championship Match between Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik is organized in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, from September 21st until October 13th. Twelve games will be played under classical time control with possible tie-breaks. Total prize fund: 1,000,000 USD

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