Elista Shocker: Topalov Threatens to Withdraw

09.28.06 Veselin Topalov's manager Silvio Danailov has written a letter to the World Chess Championship Match Organizing and Appeals Committees stating if certain conditions are not met regarding Kramnik's overuse of the restroom--the only place without video surveillance--the Topalov team will "seriously reconsider the participation of the World Champion Veselin Topalov in this match."

Veselin Topalov

Below is the letter Silvio Danailov wrote expressing the Topalov team's complaints about Vladimir Kramnik's frequency of restroom use and their demands for the continuation of the match.

To the Organizing Committee
of the match Topalov vs Kramnik
To the Appeals Committee
Mr. Makropoulos
Mr. Azmaiparashvili
Mr. Vega

To all mass media

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The careful study of the video recordings from the rest rooms done by the technical experts of the Bulgarian team revealed the following facts which we would herewith like to bring to your attention:

1. After each move Mr. Kramnik immediately heads to the rest room and from it directly to the bathroom. During every game he visited the relaxation room 25 times at the average and the bathroom more than 50 times ’Äì the bathroom is the only place without video surveillance.

2. Unlike Mr. Kramnik, the World Champion Veselin Topalov spends his time mainly at the playing table. The average number of times he visited the rest room and the bathroom is 8 and 4 respectively.

A short statistical sample derived from the camera recordings in the rest room during the third game shows:

15.54 ’Äì Kramnik plays move 15
15.55 ’Äì Goes into the bathroom
15.56 ’Äì Goes out of the bathroom
15.57 ’Äì Goes into the bathroom
15.59 ’Äì Goes out of the bathroom
16.03 ’Äì Goes into the bathroom
16.04 ’Äì Goes out the bathroom
16.07 ’Äì Comes out for move 16

The behavior of Mr. Kramnik is very similar to the above during all games played so far.

The logical question arises: How many times during a game does a player need to go to the bathroom and with what regularity? The logical answer is: between 5 -10 times at the most, but not 50 as the statistics from the games played so far shows.

We would like to once again remind you that the bathroom is the only place without video or audio surveillance.

In our opinion these facts are quite strange, if not suspicious.

In relation to the above, and to ensure the best conditions for fair play and rule out all suspicions we demand:

To stop the use of the rest rooms and the adjacent bathrooms for both players.

If a player needs to go to the bathroom, he can use the public bathroom, but only with permission from the Arbiter and accompanied by an assistant arbiter.

The Organizing Committee should present the video tapes from the rest rooms to all journalists accredited in the press-center so that they can verify for themselves the facts described by us.

Should this extremely serious problem remain unsolved by 10.00 o’Äôclock tomorrow (September 29th, 2006), we would seriously reconsider the participation of the World Champion Veselin Topalov in this match.


Silvio Danailov
Manager of the Bulgarian team

Image courtesy FIDE.com

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