Russian Chess Federation
Elista, 29. September 2006
Requests of Vladimir Kramnik
• To proceed with GAME 5
Clause 3.17.1., Schedule 2 of the contract:
“All protests must be submitted in writing to the Appeals Committee
not more than 2 hours after the relevant playing session.”
The protest made by the Topalov Team were not made within this window after
game 4 (27 September 2006) but only hit the FIDE Office and the Appeals Committee
on the rest day (28 September 2006). Therefore the protests are not even relevant
and should have been rejected by the Appeals Committee immediately.
Clause 3.18.3., Schedule 2 of the contract:
“After the World Chess Championship Committee agrees with the Organizers
on the arrangements in respect of the tournament hall, facilities etc. etc.
etc……., no objections from the participants shall be acceptable
as long as the conditions are in accordance with the rights of the players
granted in their agreements.”
This clause clearly underlines the statement made in today’s Open
letter: “By starting the match both participants agreed all the playing
conditions de facto and de jure and the conditions are therefore legally binding.
Any change of the playing conditions without a good reason would in our understanding
request the approval of both players which is not the case here.”
Therefore it is clear that the Appeals Committee took a completely wrong decision
and was obviously not even aware of the Rules and Regulations. The decision
of Chief Arbiter Mr. Gijssen to forfeit game 5 was clearly based on a wrong
decision of the Appeals Committee and shall be nullified.
Mr. Kramnik is ready to continue the match and to play the 5th game (with
a leading score of 3:1) on the conditions that were accepted prior to the start
of the match.
• Toilet issue
The toilets connected to the restrooms shall be opened again. This request
is in accordance with clauses 3.17.1. and 3.18.3 (see above) and in the general
understanding that by starting of the match both participants agreed to all
the playing conditions. Any change of the playing conditions without a good
reason would require the approval of both players which is not the case here.
Mr. Kramnik is ready to accept even stricter controls by sealing the toilets
before and after inspections. Inspections shall be done before and after each
• Exchange of members of the Appeals Committee
We repeat that the Kramnik team does not trust the objectivity of the Appeals
Committee anymore. It is evident from this letter and our first Open Letter
today that the existing Appeals Committee is biased and incompetent. Mr. Kramnik
strongly insists once again that the members of the Appeals Committee will
be exchanged immediately.
• Access to Recordings
As Mr. Kramnik in the press conference stated he did not sign a contract for
acting in a reality show. The recordings shall be observed by the arbiters.
Neither Team Topalov nor Team Kramnik shall have access to the recordings.
Investigations shall be in the sole responsibility of the Arbiters.
• Requested Apology
Last but not least Mr. Kramnik believes that Mr. Danailov should apologize
to Mr. Kramnik in writing. Remarks such as:
“If the match were to continue, the World Champion will refrain from
shaking hands with Mr. Kramnik before the games and will not take part in joint
press conferences with him.” and “Veselin Topalov is disturbed
by the suspicious behavior of his opponent Mr. Vladimir Kramnik who takes his
most significant decisions in the bathroom.” are clearly insulting.
On behalf of Vladimir Kramnik
(Manager to Vladimir Kramnik, Classical World Chess Champion)