CONTESTANTS in a global chess contest felt the full impact of a bad internet connection this weekend when an outage meant it had to end in a draw.
This weekend's glitchy final of the Chess Olympiad showed frustrated players how virtual events can come with their own major issues.
The outage resulted in both India and Russia being awarded gold at the historic competition that only happens every two years.
President of the World Chess Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, confirmed that the contest had been impacted by a "global internet outage".
Human error at US-based telecommunications company CenturyLink is being blamed for the problem.
Networks and internet services all over the world were reportedly impacted.
The Chess Olympiad sees teams from all over the world meet up to compete.
Coronavirus has meant this year's competition had to be virtual.
Two players from India ended up being ruled out of the competition when they ran out of time because their internet connection was so bad.
However, they lodged a complaint and were awarded joint first place with the Russian team.
The tournament has been running since 1927.
This year teams from 163 countries took part.
To take part you need a team of six people.
At least three of those people have to be female and two need to be under 20 years old.
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Clear your cache
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Password protect your router
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