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Shhhhh…don’t tell him

This remarkable photo graces the cover/DVD jacket of the latest issue (#134, Feb. 2010) of ChessBase Magazine:

Boris Gelfand on the cover of CBM#134 (courtesy ChessBase GmbH)

This photo was snapped at the recent FIDE World Cup. As near as I can discern from the image (which had no accompanying description/explanation), a nearby hunter outside the playing hall brought down a flying squirrel which subsequently fell through a skylight and crash-landed on GM Gelfand’s head. Boris, deeply engrossed in his battle against Ponomariov, failed to notice the presence of the deceased animal.

This is one of those ticklish situations which rarely arise in chess tournaments. Should his opponent have risked disturbing Gelfand to inform him of what had just happened? Or does that duty fall upon (no pun intended) an arbiter? In either case, should they wait for Gelfand to complete his move before informing him? Should the clocks be stopped while Gelfand is informed? Perhaps most importantly, should Gelfand have been informed before the photographer snagged this shot?

Many questions, few answers…

Have fun! — Steve

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One Response

  1. Best headgear ever worn by a chess player. lol

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