The World Chess Championship 2006 was a chess match between Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik, and FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov. The match, which was won by Kramnik, determined the undisputed World Chess Champion for the first time in 13 years. The match was played between September 23 and October 13, 2006, in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.
On September 29, Kramnik refused to play Game 5 due to a dispute over bathroom arrangements. Topalov won the game on forfeit, and the match was delayed as administrators sought to resolve the controversy.
On October 2 the match resumed with Game 6, but with Kramnik still protesting the result of Game 5. The scheduled match finished on October 12 with the score even at 6-6. A series of games with rapid time controls was played as a tie-breaker. Kramnik won the fourth game to take the tie-break 2.5-1.5 and win the match, becoming the 14th undisputed World Chess Champion.
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