One of France’s greatest chess players showed up drunk to an international tournament in Kolkata and dozed off after just 11 moves, losing the match on technical grounds.
Grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev (pictured to the right) turned up for Thursday’s match against Praveen Kumar of India in such a drunken state that he had trouble sitting in his chair. He soon fell asleep, plopping his head on the table.
Some Indian newspapers showed photos of the world number 58 dozing as well as organizers’ futile attempts to wake him.
The game was eventually awarded to the Indian as Tkachiev was not able to complete his moves within the stipulated time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The grandmaster was warned and reprimanded by the organizers but has been allowed to participate in the rest of the competition.
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