Reports | September 29, 2006 19:13

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[lang_nl]Terwijl de Russische media vol staan met complottheorie?ɬ´n over Topalov die een chip in zijn hoofd zou hebben waarmee hij toegang heeft tot een schaakcomputer, is het nu de beurt aan de man die zich in de herenigingsmatch aan zijn laatste strohalmen vastklampt. Topalov dreigt uit de match te stappen omdat hij gek wordt van hoe vaak Kramnik naar het toilet gaat. Natuurlijk schuilt hier eveneens een verdenking onder van het gebruikmaken van technische hulpmiddelen. 'Het moet niet gekker worden!' / 'Kramnik is inderdaad verdacht bezig' (doorhalen wat niet van toepassing is).[/lang_nl][lang_en]While the Russian media is full of stories with conspiracy theories about Topalov walking around with a chip in his head, with which he makes contact with a chess computer, now it's his turn. The man who desperately tries to turn the match situation into his favour, is threatening to leave the reunificatio match. The number of times Kramnik visits the bathroom during games drives him crazy; of course this means Topalov accuses Kramnik of using technical aids. 'He's out of his mind!' / Kramnik's behaviour is suspicious indeed' (make your own choice).[/lang_en]

Press Release

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 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 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 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Kramnik plays move 15
15.55 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Goes into the bathroom
15.56 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Goes out of the bathroom
15.57 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Goes into the bathroom
15.59 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Goes out of the bathroom
16.03 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Goes into the bathroom
16.04 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Goes out the bathroom
16.07 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 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:

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

2. 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.

3. 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.


Silvio Danailov
Manager of the Bulgarian team


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Cottegnie Francis's picture

Kan de vertaling van Engels naar Nederlands ook?

Matrik's picture

Fischer-tijden herleven! De wereld gaat door, maar de mens blijft hetzelfde. Geweldige match (en site:-) so far!

doggy's picture

Moet er nu vandoor, misschien dat iemand anders de vertaling van het persbericht naar het Nederlands wil doen? ;-)

Matrik's picture

Zoals ik al zei: de mens blijft hetzelfde, dus opeens moet ik er nu ook vandoor! :P

Bosbob's picture

Er staat nergens in regelementen dat dat niet mag hij is gewoon paranoide

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