Feeds

Boozy chess grandmaster passes out mid-game

Russian bad boy 'carried off' after 'refreshment' break

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Roistering Russian grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev, long famed as the Oliver Reed of the international pro chess circuit, reportedly passed out drunk during a tournament match in India and "had to be carried off".

According to the Indian Express, grog-swilling brainbox Tkachiev - born in Russia but nowadays playing as a Frenchman - was already well lubricated at the beginning of an early match at the Kolkata Open. He nodded off several times while pondering his strategy, and had to be awakened by nearby players.

Then, according to the Express, the thirsty player left the table and "briefly refreshed himself at the change room while his opponent waited". After returning to the match his condition worsened, and the boozy grandmaster eventually passed out completely, slumping unconscious across the table. Attempts to revive him failed, and he "eventually had to be carried off", says the paper.

Tkachiev was already well-known as something of a bon viveur, even among the hard-living grandmasters of the international pro scene. He is also an exponent of "blitz" or rapid-fire chess, where players have to make moves quickly rather than pondering for longer periods as in mainstream tournaments. Speaking of playing in this style, he once said "light seems brighter, and beer sweeter".

The Russian-born gamester also became famous a few years ago for setting up an online ranking system to discover the world's sexiest female pro chess player, an initiative dubbed "soft pawn" at the time. The "World Chess Beauty Contest" was supported by various luminaries of the game including Blighty's Nigel Short and many lady players - including saucy Russian grandmistress Maria Manakova, who had already posed nude on the cover of a Muscovite lad-mag.

Others, however, found Tkachiev's intellectual minx rankings degrading - among them one-time US champ Jennifer Shahade, author of the incendiary expose Chess Bitch, which lifts the lid off the crazy antics indulged in by hellraising pros as they "play chess by day and party long into the night".

It would seem that at least one bibulous bad boy of the black and white board has now gone too far, however.

Not only did Tkachiev forfeit the match following his untimely Indian hi-jinks, there is also talk of possible sanctions from the chess authorities. The drunken Russo-Frenchman's shenanigans were furthermore slammed by his former chess-crumpet connoisseur collaborator, with Nigel Short said to have stingingly condemned the incident. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1
Beijing fears it could beam secrets back to America
Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!
How many As? Reg hack's writing cops a shoeing
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.