To the Organizing Committee
of the match Topalov vs Kramnik
To the Appeals Committee
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 – 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 – Kramnik plays move 15
15.55 – Goes into the bathroom
15.56 – Goes out of the bathroom
15.57 – Goes into the bathroom
15.59 – Goes out of the bathroom
16.03 – Goes into the bathroom
16.04 – Goes out the bathroom
16.07 – 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
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
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’clock
tomorrow (September 29th, 2006), we would seriously reconsider the participation
of the World Champion Veselin Topalov in this match.
Manager of the Bulgarian team
The activities of the Topalov team did not start today. Already on September
24, after game two, the head of the delegation Silvio Danialov wrote the following
letter to FIDE. Our copy is unfortunately not in very good condition, but we
bring you a translation as well.
Mr V Bovaev
Representative of the Organisation Committee
for the match for the world chess championship between
Topalov and Kramnik
Dear Mr Bovaev
The team of V Topalov wishes to make the following comments, regarding the
organisation of the match:
We are not satisfied with the checks carried out on the players’
rest rooms. Members of our team were not invited to attend these checks.
We are surprised by the fact that the window of Topalov’s rest room
was open during play.
Outside people have been in and out of the players’ rest rooms during
No appropriate security checks have been carried out on spectators, to
ensure they are not carrying electronic devices, such as mobile phones
and/or cameras with flash.
In order to put a stop to these infractions, we call for the following measures:
Checks on players’ rest rooms should be carried out in the presence
of representatives of both teams. The details of such checks should be
agreed by both teams.
Rules should be established to provide each team with the right of access
to footage from video cameras in the rest rooms.
Strengthened controls over the main entrance to the playing hall, and
the presence of electronic devices therein.
The Head of the Bulgarian Delegation,
Manager of the World Champion:
Silvio Danailov (signed)
Translation by Steve Giddins