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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 18:37
The French cheating case is clearly having an effect on the atmosphere at the European Championship in Aix les Bains. Since day one it has been widely discussed among participants, and now many of them have signed a letter in which they demand that "arbiters reserve the rights to search player’s pockets", "no electronic devices can be brought into...
Sunday, March 20, 2011 21:36
On Saturday the Disciplinary Committee of the French Chess Federation suspended GMs Sebastien Feller and Arnaud Hauchard and IM Cyril Marzolo, saying they are "guilty of a violation of sporting ethics". The Committee concluded that there was enough proof that the three players cheated during the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, in September last year...
Saturday, March 12, 2011 18:07
The French Chess Federation is not allowed to use SMS text messages as proof for their claim that GMs Hauchard and Feller and IM Marzolo have cheated during the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad. This was ruled by a Nanterre court judge on Thursday. It's been more than a month since we updated our readers on the French cheating case. Yesterday, however,...
Friday, March 04, 2011 0:14
Recently a father and his daughter entered an under 1700 tournament in New Zealand under false names, and duly finished first and second. No great harm was done (their combined prize was $55, or about 40 Euros) but in the Oceania chess scene it's the story of the day. On the website of the Hamilton Chess Club in New Zealand, the organizer of a...
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 0:24
Because of the sensitivity of the subject, so far almost no details have emerged about the French cheating case. However, the French news website Europe-Echecs keeps on adding bits and pieces, and some of these were kindly translated into English by two of our readers. We'll start with a small recap, summarizing what it is all about. On January...
Friday, January 28, 2011 1:33
Four members of the French team that participated in the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad have supported their federation's investigation into the cheating allegations against Sébastien Feller, Arnaud Hauchard and Cyril Marzolo of cheating. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Laurent Fressinet, Vladislav Tkachiev and Romain Edouard expressed their "full support for...
Monday, January 24, 2011 23:45
In a communiqué on its website the French Chess Federation (EFF) has accused GMs Sébastien Feller and Arnaud Hauchard and IM Cyril Marzolo of cheating. No details were given, but the federation announced that it has "initiated on December 22, 2010 disciplinary action". One of the players, GM Feller, has already issued an official statement denying...
Thursday, March 12, 2009 4:57
A few days ago, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov sent us a new letter in which he strengthened his accusations to Russian GM Igor Kurnosov, who according to the Azerbaijani was cheating during the Aeroflot tournament in Moscow. We decided not to publish the letter immediately, but first ask Mamedyarov some questions. So far he hasn't replied yet, while his...
Monday, February 23, 2009 5:44
Breaking news from Moscow, Russia. At the Aeroflot Open, top seeded player Shakhryiar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan Sunday accused his opponent Igor Kurnosov (Russia) of cheating, and after talking to the organizers, Mamedyarov has now withdrawn from the tournament. GM Shakhryiar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) was the top seed in Moscow this year and after...
Thursday, January 08, 2009 19:32
As various blogs have already reported, a 14-year-old chess player from Australia has been caught cheating while playing a game of chess. It immediately led to a debate among the ChessVibes editors: is it newsworthy? At the current The Norths Chess Club Centenary Year Under 1600 Tournament, a side event to the Australian Open Championships in...

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