Blog-o-Vich: Fabakis Takes on the World of Chess

13 12 2008

A doping scandal rocks the chess world!

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Let me begin by saying, the Apple Chess game always beats me. I am not skilled at chess nor at math or playing the violin like other people of my particular descent. I do type fast, and I do have a string of people that I upset on a daily basis. So onto the world of Chess!

The third ranked chess player in the world is in the middle of what seems an unlikely news story. A doping scandal has errupted after Ivanchuck, who was competing at the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Germany, refused to take a urine test. The Ukranian team had just lost by to a lower-seeded American team to keep the Ukranian faithful out of medal contention. 

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 The German magazine Der Spiegelrecounts the scene:

“(Ivanchuk) stormed out of the room in the conference center, kicked a concrete pillar in the lobby, pounded a countertop in the cafeteria with his fists and then vanished into the coatroom. Throughout this performance, he was followed by a handful of officials.”

Ivanchuk has won several major tournaments including the New York Open 1988, Corus 1996, Linares 1989, 1991, 1995, Foros 2006/7 and the Montreal International 2007. However, he hasn’t been able to lift up the Ukrainian team to a medal since the 2004 Olympiad in Calvia. 

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