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Drunk Grandmaster checkmated after dozing off

Reuters
Sep 04, 2009 at 11:03pm IST

Chennai: 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.

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, The Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

Indian papers carried pictures of the world No. 58 sleeping and the organisers' futile attempts to wake him up.

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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 organisers afterwards but has been allowed to take part in the remainder of the competition, the paper said.

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