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Old 07.06.2006, 05:53   #1
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A British chess grandmaster may face action from the game's ruling body for throwing a punch at the world No 3 at the World Chess Olympiad.

Danny Gormally hurled himself at Levon Aronian, the best player in Armenia, in a Turin nightclub, sparking a bizarre tit-for-tat feud with between the English and Armenian teams.

But in an extra twist, the fight was inspired not by professional rivalry, but romantic jealousy.

Gormally apparently attacked Aronian after he saw him dancing with Arianne Caoili, an attractive 19-year-old Australian known as "the Anna Kournikova of chess".

The Briton was said to have previously met and been emailing Caoili, and could not bear to see her with an opponent.

Gormally, 30, from Durham, is ranked sixth in Britain, and subsequently left the Olympiad early of his own volition.

Allan Beardsworth, the English team captain, said: "The bottom line is this is just a little incident in a nightclub where unfortunately Danny probably had a drink too many and obviously saw someone dancing with a girl he liked and either hit or tried to hit them."

Gormally, he said, was "gutted" when he awoke the following morning to realise what he'd done: "He knows he shouldn't have done it and knows he wouldn't have done it normally."

Gormally and Mr Beardsworth apologised to the Armenian delegation and their star player the morning after the incident, but while the apologies were being accepted, some of Aronian's teammates waded in with their fists.

Once they were told that Gormally had already said sorry, the Armenians apologised for their retaliatory attack.

"It was all very friendly," Mr Beardsworth said.

The English team subsequently came 19th in the biennial tournament, up from 2004's 30th place. The Armenian team won the tournament.

Mr Beardsworth said that a captain's report would be sent to the English Chess Federation, and that he would be "surprised if the ECF didn't do something".


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Chess piece
WNxBQ; BNpunchesWN; British grandmaster i.s.o. anger management

The king is dead. Thus, roughly translated, the original Persian for “checkmate”. But the male pretenders to the world chess throne at a recently concluded chess Olympiad in Turin were very much alive — as players, to be sure, but more particularly as men.
It was as if they sought to prove to themselves and to an insufficiently interested world outside the tournament that grandmasters are more than furnace-like intellects encased in low-emission personalities. Some have fire in their bellies, too.


No one accuses Levon Aronian, the Armenian world No 3, of any active role in this, but it seems to have been he who attracted the attention of the beautiful Australian chess starlet Arianne Caoili at a party thrown by the Bermudan delegation the night before the second rest day of the Olympiad.

Like a knight wrong-footed by a queen’s gambit, Danny Gormally, a Brit often seen in baseball caps, mustered what force he could and counter-attacked. His own favourite openings are the Sicilian and the Nimzo Indian. This time he chose the clenched fist. Aronian wasn’t hurt, but his dance with Caoili was cut shorter than Fischer v Panno in Majorca in 1970. Armenia’s outrage simmers on.

It is not clear if Gormally normally would be reprimanded formally; it is clear that his team was already struggling before its grumpiest member succumbed to the distractions of the dancefloor. British Chess Magazine bemoans an “end-of-Empire” feeling about the English game, and little wonder. We won our last match for nineteenth place — against the now defunct Serbia and Montenegro.

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Дааа.
Шахматисты - народ мирный. Но бабы кого хош взболомутят !
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а фотку виновницы торжества?
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о, спасибо Технику
экзотичная чувырла
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Дааа.
Шахматисты - народ мирный. Но бабы кого хош взболомутят !
а я всегда знала, что шахматы - самий сехуальный вид спорта! как ж ты за их спокойствием не разглядываешь страсть?!!:Д
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а я всегда знала, что шахматы - самий сехуальный вид спорта! как ж ты за их спокойствием не разглядываешь страсть?!!:Д
в 96 году тут стока секс символов было!!!
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о, спасибо Технику
экзотичная чувырла
чдзец
и что они в ней нашли
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чдзец
и что они в ней нашли
дык экзотика наверное
может остальные намного хуже
в общем кто ж их поймет, шахматистов?
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дык экзотика наверное
может остальные намного хуже
в общем кто ж их поймет, шахматистов?
да нет
вон Костенюк вполне ничего
Стефанован ваще цита
их много
во всяком случае 10 лет назад было много
не думаю,что шас куда то подевались
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How dare you take my queen?
By Rajeev Syal and Raymond Keene

Battle of the chess grandmasters as leading England player 'attacks' rival over dancefloor move


Arianna Caoili, Australia No 3 - described as the Anna Kournikova of chess

FOR one British grandmaster, his rival had made a move too far. Danny Gormally, one of Britain’s leading chess players, allegedly attacked the world No 3 at an international tournament for dancing with a beautiful Australian player.
Levon Aronian, leading light of the Armenian chess scene, was apparently punched and shoved, and ended up on the floor during a party at the recent Chess Olympiad in Turin.

He had been spotted jiving with Arianne Caoili, 19, an Australian grandmaster known as the Anna Kournikova of the chess world. Mr Gormally was known by team-mates to be fond of her.



But the next day, after the England captain apologised to the Armenian team, the repercussions continued. When Mr Gormally went out for a coffee with friends, he was attacked by a group of young Armenian players seemingly bent on revenge for their star player.

The unseemly events are expected to lead to an urgent inquiry by the English Chess Federation into Mr Gormally’s behaviour. He was advised to leave the tournament early to avoid further confrontation.

Allan Beardsworth, the England captain, said that drink appeared to play a part. “Danny seems to have punched Aronian for innocently dancing with a girl that he liked. The following day, there was a retaliatory incident. It is a shame, and something that we will have to look into properly,” he said.

The Olympiad is held every two years between 150 international teams and brings together the world’s best players. While the tournament went badly for Mr Gormally and the England team, the Armenians eventually won.

The party was held four days ago at a nightclub called “Hiroshima Mon Amour”. Mr Gormally, 30, from Durham, spotted Ms Caoili, with whom he had struck up an e-mail relationship, according to colleagues. They are also known to have met in London.

Ms Caoili, a child prodigy of Filipino descent who has ambitions of becoming a professional singer, was dancing “energetically” with Mr Aronian. She is ranked No 3 in Australia. Mr Aronian, 23, often referred to as a future world champion, is adored in his country where chess is the national sport.

For Mr Gormally, the sight of the pair dancing was apparently too much — but his actions were unjustified, according to Mr Beardsworth. “I have spoken to several people who were there, and there is no doubt that Danny was in the wrong. Aronian is a lovely guy and at the very peak of his national sport. I have been told that he is treated like David Beckham at home,” he said.

The England team’s management was informed of the incident and held an impromptu meeting. By 11am the next day, it had apologised to the Armenian team leader, who also happens to be the country’s defence minister. There is no suggestion of any criminal inquiry.

Mr Gormally was informed, and hoped that the incident was over. However, when he went out with friends for a coffee, he was spotted by young chess players from Armenia. “They set upon Danny — he was hit several times. Luckily, one of the team-mates with Danny could speak Russian and managed to calm them down,” Mr Beardsworth said.

Denis Jessop, president of the Australian Chess Federation, said that he may launch his own inquiry. “I have heard that an incident took place and that Aronian was thumped and that it was over Arianne.

“I am not surprised at anything that chess players do. It is not the first time that there’s been an argument at a chess tournament and people have hit each other,” he said.

Mr Gormally, 30, a professional player, declined to comment from his home, where he lives with his parents. On asked why he had been sent home, he replied: “It’s personal. It’s nothing to do with you.”


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2212233.html
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Che joghovurd cter shat kan shaxmatistkeqi mej.
Kstati et avstruhin shat original demq er, yes el linei Lyoviki [email protected]"kzaxodvei"
Isk [email protected] 30 tarekan, 19 tarekan zagarov axchkeqi hamar kriv anelu tariqic piti vor ancac liner...
Petq a tgheqin harcnel inch a eghel
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Che joghovurd cter shat kan shaxmatistkeqi mej.
Kstati et avstruhin shat original demq er, yes el linei Lyoviki [email protected]"kzaxodvei"
Isk [email protected] 30 tarekan, 19 tarekan zagarov axchkeqi hamar kriv anelu tariqic piti vor ancac liner...
Petq a tgheqin harcnel inch a eghel
а они не хучит пресс конференцию дать?
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