September 5, 2009
Drunk chess player carried from tournament
A champion French chess player allegedly showed up drunk and passed out on his board at a grandmaster tournament in Kolkata, India, officials said.
Vladislav Tkachiev had to be carried out of the Kolkata Open Grandmaster Tournament after he passed out during a game against Tamil Nadu's Praveen Kumar, who was awarded the game point, the Indian Express reports.
Tournament organizers in Gorky Sadan vowed to discipline Tkachiev, a native of Russia.
What happened is unfortunate. It's in bad taste. Once the event is over, we will hold a meeting and decide how to proceed against this player, said Soumen Majumder, an official of the Alekhine Chess Club.