FILE PHOTO: 90th Academy Awards – Oscars Arrivals – Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 – Woody Harrelson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photograph
LONDON (Reuters) – World Chess Championship officers would possibly rethink the function of ceremonial starter after Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson knocked over a king and moved the unsuitable pawn in a comical begin to the 2018 occasion in London on Friday.
Norwegian title holder Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana had been bemused onlookers because the U.S. actor started their eagerly anticipated match-up by knocking over the American challenger’s king, the transfer that historically alerts a concession.
Caruana had requested the “Starvation Video games” and “Cheers” actor to maneuver his pawn to start out the sport, just for Harrelson to hit the king and moved a unique piece.
A bewildered Caruana initially appeared to just accept the error earlier than officers allowed the pawn to be returned. A grinning Harrelson then moved the proper pawn earlier than shortly exiting the stage.
It was a memorable begin to the 1 million euro ($1.1 million) contest, which organizers count on to be watched by hundreds of thousands world wide. The duo are scheduled to play 12 matches by way of November, with the winner the primary to achieve 6.5 factors.
Carlsen, 27, has gained the final three championships and is the world’s high ranked participant. He grew to become a chess grandmaster at 13.
Caruana, 26, is bidding to grow to be the primary American to win the title because the enigmatic and risky Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky on the top of the Chilly Warfare in 1972. ($1 = 0.8831 euros)
Reporting by Will Russell; Writing by Patrick Johnston; Enhancing by Kevin Liffey