A Polish chess player falls from his chair after a humiliating defeat. His reaction to the viral video is the winning move
Chess is not an active sport and requires a lot of restraint and mental prowess. However, Polish national player Pawel Teclaf added plenty of action to it as he swung and accidentally fell from a chair after suffering a humiliating defeat.
The 18-year-old lost his championship to 37-year-old Tigran Petrosian of Armenia at the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Warsaw, held on December 29.
In the quick match, playing in white, Teclaf lost after his opponent made his winning move. Realizing that he had made a mistake, Teclaf leaned back in his chair. The chair lost its balance and Teclaf fell to the floor.
Petrosian lent a hand, but Teclaf had already hit the ground. Immediately, Teclaf stood up and shook Petrosian’s hand, hiding his humiliation.
Watch the video here:
“I usually rock on my chair because I like it, and it was the first time I fell,” Teclaf said, as quoted by Dailymail. “Then I got up quickly. Everything was fine, it was just the moment,” he added.
“We had a maximum of ten seconds left on the clock in a race against time. I gradually messed up my position until I was unable to put up a fortress, then I even managed to mess it up,” he said as quoted by Mirror.
The clip shared on the Anti-Chess24 YouTube channel left netizens wide open. “Petrosian’s stoic reaction is fantastic. What brilliant self-control! commented one user.
After the video made the rounds on social media, Teclaf realized he was getting popular. “In the morning, I was in the elevator and a person standing next to me was staring at me and on his phone back and forth, smirking. When I go to my room, I open WhatsApp and I saw many links and realized I was getting popular,” the International Chess Federation tweeted, as Teclaf stated.
IM Pawel Teclaf, the hero of the viral ‘chair’ video: “In the morning I was in the elevator and a person standing next to me was looking at me and on his phone back and forth, smirking. When I go to my room I opened WhatsApp and saw lots of links and realized I was getting popular. pic.twitter.com/f7OtGAlYUx
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) December 30, 2021
The video has garnered over 2 lakh views so far.