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
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Open Letter of Carsten Hensel
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Having received innumerable published and unpublished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.
President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a statement:
Match will be continued. The
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.
Elista, 1 October 2006 - Press
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
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
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...
Game 5, 29.09.2006
Kramnik, Vladimir - Topalov,
* Vladimir Kramnik didn't show up to play as a gesture
of protest and disagreement against the decision of the
- Read the
of the Manager of Vladimir Kramnik, Mr. Carsten Hensel,
addressed to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.