percyblakeney: This was not going to be the only time in 2003 that Karpov was irritated with Radjabov. Later the same year he arrived from a simul not long before the start of a tournament:
<Karpov, arriving directly from Brazil, argued that he had been deprived of sleep due to the late arrival of his plane, and asked that his game versus Radjabov should be played on Friday, in the morning. After some consideration, Radjabov declined the proposal. Of the other ten participants, a number proclaimed themselves annoyed because Karpov is notorious for such incidents.
During a conversation with the press office of the tournament, Karpov concluded: "I don't understand these idiots. Postponing a game for reasons of force majeure is normal in our sport. [---]">
The event was won by Topalov, while Radjabov and Anand shared second 0.5 behind: Hotel Bali Stars (2003)
GM Ian Rogers wrote more about the incident in Swedish Tidskrift för Schack. Radjabov had offered to play on the last day of the event instead of on Friday morning but it didn't work out and Karpov never turned up for the first round, before which he had travelled to Valencia for a press conference. Instead he offered draw through a representative when play already had started. After being forfeited he refused to turn up also for the next game, and was disqualified.
Rogers refers how some of the other players were critical of Karpov, and relates previous incidents he allegedly had been involved in.