The 7th round of the Chigorin Memorial taking place in St. Peterburg was marked with an unusual event.
At the very start of the round, the famous GM Vladimir Epishin asked the arbiters and secretaries, who sit in the corner of the playing hall, if he could check his e-mail. The chess player meant using the secretaries' computers with the internet access. His request was of course refused: "Are you crazy? Using computers during the game is strictly forbidden!"
Epishin took his seat, but after four hours of play and after the time control, Epishin's rival, Bogdan Belyakov came over the arbiters saying Epishin was using computer. It wasn't hard to check the accusation: GM was sitting with the laptop of one of the secretaries who was away. GM claimed he only checked his e-mail and didn't use any chess program, however, the game was still declared lost for him. He agreed with such a decision and signed the form.
Vladimir Epishin: the victim of the XXI century technologies. Photo by Igor Ignatiev
It's noteworthy that after 41st move, when this has happened, the Black's position was hopeless.
16 декабря (время Мск):
21.00 - Алексей Широв, гроссмейстер