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Monday, October 22, 2012 12:01
In Sunday's second round of the Bundesliga in Germany the chess games were overshadowed by an incident of suspected cheating. Falko Bindrich's game was declared lost by the arbiter when the German grandmaster admitted that he had his smartphone with him while visiting the toilet, but refused to show it. Falko Bindrich, suspected of cheating |...
The French Chess Federation's website announced the news on Saturday
Monday, July 30, 2012 11:39
The FIDE Ethics Commission has confirmed the French Chess Federation's suspension of Sébastien Feller, Arnaud Hauchard and Cyril Marzolo for cheating at the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk in September 2010. The judgement was published today at the FIDE website. The French Chess Federation's website announced the news on Saturday, FIDE two days...
A lengthy interview with David Navara (part 2 of 2)
Sunday, May 27, 2012 18:05
David Navara finished 3rd at the Reykjavik Open two months ago in Iceland, during which he gave a long interview to Grandmaster Vasily Papin. The interview – where the Czech grandmaster talks, for instance, about his doubts about the life of a chess professional, Bobby Fischer and how he fell victim to Viktor Korchnoi’s legendary sharp tongue –...
Using math to detect cheating
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 14:35
Kenneth Regan, associate professor of computer science at the University at Buffalo, has developed a program that can assist in discovering cheating. This was reported yesterday in the New York Times. For the New York Times, Dylan Loeb McClain, spoke with Regan, who has been researching the problem for five years. The Toiletgate scandal during the...
Saturday, August 20, 2011 20:56
The French Championship has reached six of its eleven rounds, and top GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is sharing the lead with Romanian-born GM Andrei Istratescu. One of the participants is Sebastien Feller, who again fully denied that he cheated in Khanty-Mansiysk last year. The playing hall in the University of Caen | Photo © French Chess Federation...
Friday, August 12, 2011 23:00
FM Christoph Natsidis, who was caught cheating at this year's German Championship, was sentenced a two-year ban by the German Chess Federation. The 23-year-old player from Bannewitz, Germany used a chess program on his smartphone during a game and afterwards admitted that he cheated. Christoph Natsidis | Photo © official website One June 4th, 2011...
Sunday, July 03, 2011 7:30
A Versailles court has suspended the French Chess Federation's disciplinary sanctions against Sebastien Feller and Arnaud Hauchard, due to a formal defect. The two grandmasters are allowed to play official chess games again, pending a ruling in a trial court on the merits of the case. The French cheating case seemed to have reached a 'case closed...
Sunday, June 05, 2011 1:15
A participant of the German Championship, which concluded on Friday in Bonn, was caught cheating. FM Christoph Natsidis used a chess program on his smartphone during his last-round game against GM Sebastian Siebrecht to analyse a position from the game. The 23-year-old player from Bannewitz, Germany admitted that he cheated, and was excluded from...
Monday, May 30, 2011 19:11
The French Team Championship has started in Mulhouse and there are some strong GMs participating, e.g. David Navara, Pavel Eljanov, Le Quang Liem, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, Anish Giri and Loek van Wely. The three French players who were accused of cheating by the French Chess Federation saw their appeal rejected and their penalties...
Monday, April 04, 2011 5:46
When you read an open letter like the one on cheating, signed by a number of participants of the European Championship in Aix les Bains, there are basically two ways to react. The first is to join in the public outrage and bemoan the terrible state that chess has gotten itself in. Something needs to be done and it needs to be done NOW! That's the...

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