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And Now For Something Completely Different… September 29, 2006

Filed under: News Morsels — davissn30 @ 3:27 pm

Bathroom Dispute Halts Chess Championship

Mergen Bembinov/Associated Press

World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov waited for Classical World Champion Vladimir Kramnik to come for the fifth game of their match in Elista, Russia.

By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN

Published: September 29, 2006

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/29/sports/30chesscnd.html?ei=5094&en=bf9e8b405118c22c&hp=&ex=1159588800&adxnnl=1&partner=homepage&adxnnlx=1159561471-6S52KmWeYp5vAnY1ksP7cQ

The world chess championship came to a halt today when a player who had been locked out of his private bathroom after insinuations that he was cheating refused to play and forfeited the fifth game of the match.

A day after a written protest by the team of Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria about the frequent bathroom breaks of Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, the World Chess Federation, which is organizing the match, locked the private bathrooms for both players and said they must use the same bathroom for the rest of the match.

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