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Player: International  Rkm262 Subject: Drunk grandmaster checkmated after dozing off

2009-09-04 20:37:06
Fri Sep 4, 11:46 am ET CHENNAI, India (Reuters) – A leading French chess player turned up drunk and dozed off after just 11 moves in an international tournament in Kolkata, losing the round on technical grounds, domestic media reported Friday. Grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev arrived for Thursday\'s match against India\'s Praveen Kumar in such an inebriated state that he could hardly sit in his chair and soon fell asleep, resting his head on the table, Hindustan Times newspaper reported. Indian papers carried pictures of the world number 58 sleeping and the organizers\' futile attempts to wake his up. The game was awarded to the Indian on the technical ground of Tkachiev being unable to complete his moves within the stipulated time of an hour and 30 minutes, the paper said. The player was warned and reprimanded by the organizers afterwards but has been allowed to take part in the remainder of the competition, the paper said. Oops!!-
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1International  Rkm2622009-09-04 20:45:42
Wasted away again in Margaritaville.....lost my shaker salt.....*hiccup* er \'scuse me! vive le Tkachiev! Tilt one for us ole buddy -

2United  Sir_Humphrey2009-09-04 21:40:47
It\'s surprising, but I just had an afternoon of beer and chess with a friend of mine, and mos of our games where played in such a condition. Anyway, GM Tkachiev is known to be fond of drinks, so this is not surprising.-

3International  Rkm2622009-09-04 22:16:12
There was once a fairly strong FM (2400+)who often played at our chess club who used to smoke the happy weed before every tournament and snooze while waiting for his move in games, waking up only long enough to make his move. And still beat our best Experts and Masters at every tournament. He said the herb helps make the games more interesting!! His only claim to fame was \"selling\" his place in the strong 1972 San Antonio Int\'l to National Master Ken Smith. Who then became famous for his analytical work of the Morra Gambit of the Sicilian Defense, aka Smith-Morra Gambit nowadays. It was a fascinating story. Oh, he sold his place for a $100 (U.S.)-

4Netherlands  Tyrrah2009-09-05 06:40:10
Almost all games I play wih a friend end up in \"dozing\"....standings in our match: 8-8 (not chessresult but empty wine-bottles)-

5Europian  cc13741628192009-09-05 14:03:17
must confess, i\'ve been pissed more than once when playing cc at this site ... heh hic-

6Canada  FrippezMonTchu2009-09-05 15:28:00
Angel, do you drink like a fish-

7Europian  cc13741628192009-09-05 15:39:41
i suppose i must do -

8India  redblack972009-09-08 13:17:02


9International  Rkm2622009-09-09 01:18:30
In response by some participants that the Tournament Director was \"assisting\" Tkachiev by waking him up prior to his game being forfeited on time. GM Nigel Short wrote:\"... Tkachiev had not merely fallen asleep, but was deeply drunk. This is, of course, the nub of the matter. Tkachiev was disturbing other players and therfeore needed to be woken up, the Champion of France was in a self-induced, near-comatose state. Short of actually vomiting on his opponent, it is hard to think of a more flagrant breach Article 12.1 of the FIDE Rules: Article 12: The conduct of the players 12.1 \"The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute.\" In view of the seriousness of the breach,it was the most appropriate response. Indeed why does such a provision exist if not for extreme cases like this? On a number of occasions, over the years, I have seen players who have arrived to a game somewhat worse for wear, but I have never seen anyone even close to being as paralytic at a chessboard as Tkachiev. The reaction to his condition was one of amusement to a few, but indignation and disgust to a great many others. His behaviour set a shocking example to the many children present. It is to see how we expect to see chess treated seriously as a sport (and, naturally, the incident generated world-wide publicity) if firm action is not taken in a case like this. Professor Anantharam mentions that when Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (an Appeals Committee member) was taking a stroll he mentioned the subject to him and that Mamedyarov himself volunteered to wake up Tkachiev. This somehow gives the impression that the action was casual, spur-of-the-moment one. Not so: Professor Anantharam spoke to at least one other member of the Appeals Committee during the round to seek support for his position. Lest it be forgotten these people were busy playing and did not have the rulebook to hand. To the best of my knowledge, no one was informed that interfering with the game was against the FIDE Rules (Articles 13.6 and 13.7 above). Furthermore not only Mamedyarov, but various other people also tried to wake Tkachiev. This was done, if not explicitly at the Chief Arbiter\'s behest, then at least with his tacit approval. As Professor Anantharam rightly argued, there was, in fact, a good argument for waking Tkachiev up, as the commotion caused by his \"methylated somnolence\" was disturbing to overyone. However this should have been done to forfeit him and to remove him from the playing venue, NOT to render him assistance. Lastly, on a personal note: I have on many occasions enjoyed Vladislav Tkachiev\'s entertaining company. He is vivacious and witty when still sober. What he chooses to do in the company of friends in his own room is, of course, his own business. However when he brings the game into disrepute, causing widespread public embarrassment, as he most certainly did on this occasion, an example must be made. Methylated somnolence?? How about dead drunk!-

10Canada  happyjack2009-09-09 01:39:06
I once played in the Canadian open against someone from New York.During the game my opponent would frequently stick his hand down the front of his pants and scratch himself.Then with the same hand he would move one of his pieces.It made it very difficult for me to capture any of his pieces.The game ended in a draw.-

11International  Rkm2622009-09-09 02:36:58
UGH!!... disgusting happyjack!! I hope you used disinfectant on your hands after the the draw Did you shake hands after the draw?-

12Canada  happyjack2009-09-09 02:53:35
It\'s a true story.No I did not shake hands with him.He asked for the draw and I accepted and left the table.I really wanted to win but...............-

13Canada  FrippezMonTchu2009-09-09 11:40:03
Maybe he had the Krabs-

14Europian  cc13741628192009-09-09 12:06:55
occasionally as i go about my daily rounds people point out that i have ticks, fleas or lice ... comes with having hounds for bedmates lol ... how\'s this compare with scratching your pubes, i wonder?-

15East  joma2009-09-13 11:58:06
well, i prefer drinking to playing chess...-

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