World Championship Match Topalov-Kramnik Print
Friday, 14 April 2006 00:00
To All National Chess Federations & Media
Dear chess friends,
Today is a historic day for our sport! After months of consultations with both players, I am pleased to announce that the World Championship match Topalov vs Kramnik will be held 21 September - 13 October 2006 in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia. .

Al Ain City, 13 April 2006

To All National Chess Federations & Media

Dear chess friends,

Today is a historic day for our sport! After months of consultations with both players, I am pleased to announce that the World Championship match Topalov vs Kramnik will be held 21 September - 13 October 2006 in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia. Both players and their managers have agreed with all the technical details of the match, which will consist of 12 games, and the prize fund will be a guaranteed minimum amount of 1 million US dollars.

This great match will undoubtedly end any confusion about the World Championship status after the unfortunate schism which occurred in 1993. In the beginning of my first term as FIDE President, back in 1995, I promised to work for unity within FIDE in all aspects. As for the World Championship title, it was not easy to satisfy all demands of the involved parties during all these years but we always kept our principles and actions within the true spirit of our motto GENS UNA SUMUS. Today our efforts have been justified!

We are all looking forward to this great event, the World Chess Championship Match 2006. I would like to stress once more that we shall definitely continue to work for a strong and united FIDE. As we have already done for the past 10 years.

May the best player win!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President

Regulations of the Match Topalov-Kramnik

Regulations of the Match Topalov-Kramnik in word format.

World Chess Championship Match Official Site

Mascot and Logo of the Match

The official logo and the mascot of the forthcoming World Championship Match have been approved.

The Head of the Republic of Kalmykia, H.E. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has approved the official logo and mascot of the forthcoming World Chess Championship Match between Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik which will be held in Elista in September-October this year.

It is not the first time during the chess events organized in the capital of Kalmykia (first was the Women’s Chess Championship, when a little baby saiga - the unique animal (the steppe antelope) whose dwelling are the steppes of Kalmykia – becomes the official mascot. In the steppe republic the saiga is the symbol of Kalmykia.

The designer of the logo is well known Kalmyk painter S. Badendaev. The only exception was the 33rd Chess Olympiad in Elista in 1998, when another cute inhabitant of the Kalmyk steppes, a little baby camel, was the official mascot.

Alexander Zhukov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation and President of the Russian Chess Federation, is co-Chairman of the Topalov-Kramnik Match Organizing Committee together with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

According to the Mr. Valery Bovaev, Vice President of the Russian Chess Federation, almost everything is ready for holding this historic match.

`Kalmykia has a rich experience in organizing top-level chess tournaments such as the Chess Olympiad, World Chess Championship Match Karpov-Kamsky, Individual Chess Championships of Russia etc. This is good enough reason to assume that the forthcoming Match will be held on a high organizational level,` Valery Bovaev emphasized. All necessary preparations have been made for the warm welcome of the participants and their delegations. Special premises in the City Chess have been prepared where the match participants and their assistants will be staying.

Moreover a cultural program has been approved for the rest days of Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik.

`Each delegation will have their own personal cooks, security guards, cars and cultural programs`, noted Bovaev, and there is also the plan of the FIDE President to hold a meeting of the FIDE Presidential Board during the Match in Elista. One more interesting detail of the forthcoming Match is that the Grand Masters will be playing on the same table and with the same pieces used by Anatoly Karpov and Gata Kamsky ten years ago. Presently these relics are being displayed in the City Chess Museum. The Dutch Geurt Gijssen will be the Chief Arbiter; he also served as the Chief Arbiter during the Karpov-Kamsky Match.

`In the middle of July, the official representatives of the two great chess players will visit Elista in order to approve, together with the Organizing Committee, all the technical issues of the forthcoming Match,` added Valery Bovaev.

Press Office of the President of Kalmykia

Accreditation Form for the journalists

Please go to Accreditation form to download and send to the Organizing Committee


Inspection of the Kramnik Manager Mr. Carsten Hensel

Interview of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on the match organization.

Silvio Danailov, manager to Veselin Topalov visits Elista

Weather conditions are mild for the whole period of the Match. The first week of teams` staying in Elista will be very warm and sunny. The temperature will vary between +15 to +25 degrees above Zero. You can check the weather conditions at the Forecast site.

We are publishing the Members of the teams of both participants

Team of Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria
1. Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria, participant
2. Danailov Silvio, Bulgaria, manager
3. Cheparinov Ivan, Bulgaria, coach
4. Oleksandr Onishchuk, the USA, coach
5. Francisco Vallejo Pons, Spain, coach
6. Vladimir Haralampiev Rapondzhiev, Bulgaria, team member
7. Raicho Ivanov Gospodinov, Bulgaria, team member
8. Georgiev Dragomir, Bulgaria, team member
9. Ginchev Zhivko, Bulgaria, team member
10. Dancho Djongov, Bulgaria, team member

Team of Vladimir Kramnik, Russia

1. Vladimir Kramnik, Russia, participant
2. Carsten Hensel, Germany, manager
3. Miguel Illescas, Spain, coach
4. Alexander Motylev, Russia, coach
5. Sergei Rublevsky, Russia, coach
6. Valeri Krylov, Russia, phosoiterapist
7. Victor Bobylev, Russia, cook

Topalov and Kramnik have arrived to Elista

FIDE President checks accommodation of Topalov, Kramnik delegations

In Colorful Opening Ceremonies Kramnik Gets White

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