Chess Toiletgate.

Ah, can't believe I went out of town and missed the biggest news in the role of gastrointestinal ailments in competition since Joel "GI Joe" Sherman (that's GI for gastrointestinal; Sherman's known for his IBS ailments) became the 1997 Scrabble Champion!

The row began after game four when Topalov complained that Kramnik was visiting the toilet up to 50 times during the six-hour encounter. The implication was that the Russian - who was leading the match 3-1 - might be consulting computers in the privacy of the cubicle, an area not covered by CCTV.

On Friday the International Chess Federation's (Fide) appeals committee ruled that Kramnik's toilet should be locked and that the players must use a solitary bathroom. Kramnik refused to start game five in protest - accusing the appeals committee of being biased - and forfeited the game.

Link - via Reduce Idiocy, which by the way is a neat blog started by our pal at mentalfloss with the lofty (and impossible) goals of exposing idiots and making America smarter.

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