Dramatic endgame! Moment furious Polish chess master falls off his chair after blunder costs him match
This is the moment a chess player realised he had made a move which cost him a match and became so furious he fell off his chair.
With less than ten seconds to make his play, Pawel Teclaf, 18 from Poland lost to Tigran Petrosian, 37, from Armenia in a World Blitz Championship match at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on December 29.
A hilarious clip shows Mr Teclaf, playing white, make his final move of the game and as soon as his opponent counters, dramatically recline back in his chair and fall back as he swears in Polish.
Pawel Teclaf, 18 from Poland loses to Tigran Petrosian, 37, from Armenia in a World Blitz Championship match at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland
Mr Petrosian reached out for him, but Mr Teclaf collapsed on the floor.
He quickly stood up, and then proceeded to give his opponent a handshake.
Mr Teclaf, an International Master, in a later interview confirmed he was feeling OK after the fall, and simply ‘lost balance’.
He said: ‘I usually swing on the chair because I just like it, but this is the first time I just fell down.
‘I just lost balance and fell down, he (Mr Petrosian) tried to help me up.
‘I just stood up fast. Yesterday I was very angry but I look back at the video and it’s very funny.
‘I was completely winning but we had maximum ten seconds on the clock. I managed to screw it up.
‘I just wanted to finish the day.’
The clip, which has gone viral, was shared to YouTube channel SpeedChess and now has more than 30,000 views.
Mr Teclaf, an International Master, leans back in his chair in frustration and loses balance as he falls
It also has 702 comments, some remarking at the fact that Mr Teclaf could potentially have been injured in a sport not known for its physicality.
Om Kale said: ‘This is officially the first chess win by knockout.’
John Kervin added: ‘Anyone who thinks chess players are not athletes refer them to this clip. World class endgame technique here by Petrosian.
‘Stunning sense of balance and timing to stay in his chair whilst finding the top engine move.
‘Teclaf gets some bonus points from the judges due to his clean dismount.’
‘And after this somebody says that chess isn’t a dangerous sport, man could break his bone,’ Anton Kucherenko also commented.
The chess player quickly made his way back up and went for a handshake with his opponent
The 2021 World Rapid & Blitz Championship, organised by the The International Chess Federation (FIDE) along with the Women’s Rapid & Blitz Championship are elite chess events gathering players who face-off with rapid time controls.
In the World Blitz Championship, each player only has three minutes, with only seconds to think.
Champions and grandmaster-level competitors from all around the globe come to participate across the tournaments for their share of a $1 million prize fund.
This year the event, which ran from December 26 through December 30, saw Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France place first in the World Blitz Championship Open.
Bibisara Assaubayevaalso, from Kazakhstan, also won her first world blitz champion title after winning the Women’s World Blitz Championship.