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Drunk grandmaster falls asleep at chess board

This caused him to overstep the time limit. From 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.

Simply using too much time for a game doesn’t lead to a player being kicked out of a tournament. In a dispute with tournament officials at the Sousse Interzonal in 1967, it took Bobby Fischer’s non-appearance at three games before he was not allowed to continue further. Tkachiev, who has been known to lead a wild lifestyle, has been warned by officials that his conduct is unacceptable. Which it was.

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