WCC 2006: Kramnik forfeits Game Five!

Vladimir Kramnik forfeited in game five of the World Chess Championship apparently in protest of allegations from the Veselin Topalov team. In a letter to the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Carsten Hensel argued that the WCC appeals committee was in violation of the terms agreed upon prior to the match and that Kramnik will forfeit until these conditions are reinstated. The Kramnik team was notified of the compliant last night and notified of the proposed changes five hours before the match.

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Update: GM Yasser Seirawan has written an open letter calling for a compromise. There is speculation that he may serve as a special envoy to save the match. The match has been postponed until further notice.

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, "Chess Diplomacy and the 2006 World Chess Championship," 30 September 2006."

Posted by The Chess Drum: 29 September 2006