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Smoking Kills (2 Grandmasters’ Chances in Tournament)


We all know the allure of smoking cigarettes, they make you look cooler, older, tougher, more popular, etc, but who knew that there are BAD things to them too! At the World Chess Cup in sunny Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, two Chinese grandmasters Wang Yue (left) and Li Chao, were disqualified from their third-round matches after showing up late. Their excuse? They were out back smoking.

Wang told an interviewer later that he understood the tournament’s decision but didn’t think it was particularly fair. The biggest victim of all was Li who only started smoking in order to keep Wang company during the tournament, which should be a lesson to all you potential smokers out there; if you’re going to start smoking make sure it’s for a good reason, like impressing cute older girls.

When he was asked if this incident would push Wang to quit smoking he had this response: “I don’t think so. After such a shock, you only think to take a long smoke.” Grandmaster indeed.

[NY Times]


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