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Chess World Championship final starts with Woody Harrelson mishap

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By ITN News Editor November 10, 2018 12:57

Chess World Championship final starts with Woody Harrelson mishap

American actor Woody Harrelson dropped a king before moving the wrong pawn on behalf of chess challenger Fabiano Caruana after being handed the honour of a performing a ceremonial first move to start the World Championship final.

The comical mishap saw Harrelson first reach over to try and pick up a pawn as his hand leaned back to knock over Caruana’s king – a move traditionally signalling a player conceding the game – before apologising, returning the piece to its spot but then going on to move the wrong pawn that exposed Caruana’s king – all to the confusion and bewilderment of Caruana.Caruana initially politely pointed out the error discreetly but appeared to shrug his shoulders with the intent of carrying on despite the huge disadvantage handed to him by Harrelson’s error. The American was however allowed to return the piece and get Harrelson to make the correct move to start the match against reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 10, 2018 12:57
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