Chess has many funny moments. The game is taken seriously as much as possible. And chess players are very bad losers. I am not intending to present you with an overall collection of all the strange or fun or shameless chess moments. This is just some Friday appetizer from the world of chess. We can see many things, grandmasters throwing around pieces, players kicking others in balls, but all in all the game of chess is beautiful indeed. Maybe it is a bit too serious and sometimes lacks sportsmanship.
One of the most common ways of practicing chess is to analyze the games. Through online sportsbooks in the US, you can make some bets on your favorite players (or you can even make a bet on who is going to be the first who beats Magnus Carlsen) to have some extra rush while you are studying their games.
Funny chess moments at the 2017 Canadian Championship
The finish of the 2017 Canadian Championship was quite controversial. A player wanted to promote a pawn, however, he didn’t see his queen on the table. Under time pressure he couldn’t come up with something better than placing an upside-down rook on the board. At this point, organizers were intervening telling the player that what he is doing is against the rules and the rook stays a rook even if it is upside down.
Why this guy tried to explain that his queen is missing, his opponent quietly placed the queen back to the table, which, he was hiding in his hand for a little while. At this point what the officials were seeing is that the queen is on the table and that this player is telling that it was missing. So they pointed at the queen and told our upside-down player that it is there on the table and available. The tricky guy, of course, decided not to clear the situation. Despite video evidence, he still won the game, since “holding a piece is not in violation of any specific rule”.
Chess players are very bad losers
During the Vienna tournament, Alexander Alekhine was playing against Ernst Gruenfeld. They were playing a very interesting game actually, you can check it here. By the end of the game Alekhine, however, he still would have some chances to continue the game, he decides to resign. According to Hans Kmoch and Fred Reinfeld, this resignation wasn’t ordinary. Instead of saying “I resign” Alekhine was throwing his king across the room. I hope nobody got hurt by that king during this funny chess moment.
But they are strict with the rules (if it serves them right)
2016, Hikaru Nakamura, former US champion and Levon Aronian were at the same table during a candidates’ tournament. Hikaru was in a difficult position, but he had the chance to go for a draw. Aronian was in a pawn advance and was pushing his pieces slowly to Nakamura’s territory. Hikaru was in such adrenalin rush that his hands were shaking and while he tried to make a move he accidentally touched his king with his trembling hands. As he realized he made this mistake he took his hand back and was pretending that nothing happened. Aronian started to argue that Nakamura should move his king, once he touched it. It could have been a great site to see these grandmasters fighting like 8-year-olds.
If you like these little chess story compilations then stay tuned on online sportsbook news in the US. I am planning to write once or twice about funny chess moments for a week. In the meantime, you can bet on your favorite chess players on 1xbet.com.