The Chopin International Piano Competition of Hartford, Connecticut, is not to be confused with the Warsaw original, but it does claim professional standards and it attracts international competitors.
So imagine their consternation when the results were published.
Yi-Yang Chen of Taiwan won the competition outright. But the judges’ marks for the next three competitors were added up wrong to produce a false final average.
Patrick Lechner of Austria, who ranked third, should have come second, while the second-placed American, Sherry Kim, would rightfully have been placed fourth.
It’s an absolute howler.