Chigorin Memorial: The Game Declared Lost For Epishin After He Checked His E-Mail During the Game

Суббота, 03.11.2012 19:55

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.  

[Event "M.Chigorin Memorial 2012"] [Site "St. Petersburg"] [Date "2012.11.02"] [Round "7.20"] [White "Belyakov, Bogdan"] [Black "Epishin, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B15"] [WhiteElo "2388"] [BlackElo "2574"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2012.10.27"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bf4 Bg4 6. exd5 cxd5 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Nf6 9. Nb5 Na6 10. c3 Qd7 11. Bd3 O-O 12. O-O Rfc8 13. a4 Nb8 14. Bxb8 Rcxb8 15. Na3 e6 16. Nc2 Qc7 17. Ne3 Rd8 18. Rfe1 Rac8 19. Ng4 Ne8 20. h4 f5 21. Ne5 Nf6 22. Bf1 Ne4 23. Nd3 Bf6 24. g3 Kh8 25. Qf4 Qf7 26. Bg2 Rg8 27. a5 Rce8 28. Ra4 Re7 29. Rb4 g5 30. hxg5 Bxg5 31. Qe5+ Bf6 32. Qf4 h5 33. Kf1 Qf8 34. Bf3 h4 35. gxh4 Qg7 36. Ke2 Qh7 37. Ne5 Reg7 38. h5 Bxe5 39. Qxe5 Qh6 40. Bxe4 dxe4 41. Rxb7 Qxh5+ 42. Kd2 Qh6+ 43. Kc2 Qh4 44. Kb3 Kh7 45. a6 Qh6 46. Ka2 Re8 47. Rg1 Ree7 1-0 

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