Chess master Pawel Teclaf is now an online sensation after he dramatically threw himself backwards after losing a match in the World Blitz Championship in Warsaw
A chess player has gone viral after a video of his hilarious overreaction to defeat was shared online – as it shows him flying backwards off his chair.
Chess superstar Pawel Teclaf became an internet viral sensation after he fell from his chair in anger following a dramatic end to a high-speed tournament, as the Daily Star reports.
Teclaf has just lost to his opponent in the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Warsaw, Poland, when he threw his weight backwards – unsettling his chair and falling flat on his back.
The 18-year-old admitted he did not expect the comical end to his match, with the video becoming the highlight of the tournament with plenty of viewers as it is shared around online.
“I just lost balance, kind of, and fell down,” Teclaf revealed to FIDE following his loss.
“He tried to help to bring me up and give me a hand but I was fallen. I was very angry but when I look at the video, it was funny.
“In the morning, I was in the elevator and a person was staring at her phone and then at me. She was kind of smirking.
“Then when I got to my room, I opened WhatsApp and saw plenty of links. Then I realised I am getting popular.
“Normally I wouldn’t behave like that but it was just – it wasn’t planned but I just folded back on the chair and fell. I stood up and shook his hand; I didn’t scatter the pieces.”
His Armenian opponent offered his hand to help up the Pole after his accident.
However, Teclaf was more frustrated by his performance than the hilarious moment.
“I usually swing on my chair because I just like it, and that was the first time I just fell down,” he explained.
“Then I stood up fast. Everything was fine, it was just the moment.
“I was winning, totally, the whole game. First, I sacrificed a piece – objectively, it wasn’t good, I believe, but it doesn’t really matter.
“We had a maximum of ten seconds left on the clock in a time scramble. I was gradually spoiling my position until I was unable to set a fortress, and then I even managed to screw it up.
“In the previous game, I was also playing well until a certain moment when I just blundered everything.”