Very sad story .

The following article has been published todayhttp://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/drunk-chess-star-dozes-off-concedes-match-at-kolkata-open/512679/

A very sad story I would say. Vlad Tkachiev is originally from Kazakhstan, the same country I was borned and he is a good friend of mine. I was always sure he has a huge talant ( his positional undertanding is exceptional) and he could easily reach 2700+ and to be the top player , but this story ( and there were many like this) is the reason why he is just a strong GM and not the player of Linares calibre.

Here is the Russian version http://lenta.ru/news/2009/09/04/chess/

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