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by Paul McKeown
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 665
Views: 78838

Re: Cheating in chess

Surely it would depend on the size of the fraud involved, as indicated by Matt Bridgeman, above? This has to be right, but the prizes being competed for in these cases don't generally seem to me to be of the proportions that would attract a custodial sentence. Absolutely. Which is why my original p...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 665
Views: 78838

Re: Cheating in chess

Still, you'd have thought a prison sentence a less than likely outcome, no? Surely it would depend on the size of the fraud involved, as indicated by Matt Bridgeman, above? Consider a prize of £10K fraudulently obtained, and consult Table 1 of the Sentencing Council Guidelines for Fraud . My naive ...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 665
Views: 78838

Re: Cheating in chess

Roger, I wasn't, of course referring to yourself. You generally have evidence.
by Paul McKeown
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 665
Views: 78838

Re: Cheating in chess

But otherwise, I have to agree with Nick Faulks. Too much loose talk. First provide proof, then talk, don't just yap away without evidence, because you are prone to conspiracy theories, and/or you once lost a rotten game to a "weak" 2300 or 1500 player or whatever level it is that your fragile ego c...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 665
Views: 78838

Re: Cheating in chess

Fines? If the prizes involved are large, and the evidence strong and readily understood by a non-technical audience, then pass the matter onto the police and the public prosecutor. A prison sentence for fraud (or whatever the current legal name is for financial gain by deception) ought to discourage...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 4603

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Carmen Kass, stood as a candidate for the European Parliament representing the Estonian Res Publica Erakond (conservative) at the time its leader, Juhan Parts was the republic's Prime Minister. Besides being a top-earning fashion model and politician, she was President of the national chess federati...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 1888

Re: Dominic Cummings

As for the politics, none have been discussed.
by Paul McKeown
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 1888

Re: Dominic Cummings

Nothing that the cock doesn't consider business for the day, himself.
by Paul McKeown
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 1888

Re: Dominic Cummings

To see "Dom" in action watch Malcolm Tucker in "The Thick of It" : a truly unpleasant and untrustworthy character. That is surely praising him overly. Malcolm Tucker was portrayed as an unpleasant, bullying sociopath. He was however rational and lived in the world as it is. Unlike Dominic Cummings,...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 1888

Re: Dominic Cummings

Of course, nothing is stopping somebody (whether in an official ECF capacity, or otherwise) gently inquiring of him if he still retains an interest in our great game. Although now might not be the best time - rumour has it there's some other national event where he's involved, :) Is he not supposed...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1008

Re: Bandit website

From the Twitter feed, it is obvious that lots of people have the same problem, various complaints. Kicking off a storm on Twitter would appear to have produced a swift response. They appear now to have cancelled it. Anyone else this happens to, my advice: s**t all over their Twitter feed. No point ...
by Paul McKeown
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1008

Re: Bandit website

Plastering this story all over their twitter feed and facebook page seems to have provoked some sort of response. I shall await developments.
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1008

Re: Bandit website

And, of course, only one week's advance notice of the renewal, to make it really awkward to cancel.
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bandit website
Replies: 14
Views: 1008

Re: Bandit website

Two emails and two voice messages left on their corporate telephone number (USA), no sign of a response. I fear they will just attempt to renew, without bothering to remove me from their subscribers. Easy money, no customer care necessary. I guess I will have to talk to my bank to see if there is an...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12221

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Disgraceful treatment by chess.com of Justin Horton. Not just disgraceful, but also ridiculous, baffling and comical.