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by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Glorney Gilbert Junior International
Replies: 2
Views: 577

Glorney Gilbert Junior International

Not sure why reporting has been so radio silent at this 70th anniversary event, but the 3 day International finished today. I’d imagine there will be an official report out at some point soon. There was success for the England U14 mixed team winning the Robinson Cup after a dominating performance. T...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 56
Views: 8556

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

Presumably it’s possible that some of the proceeds of this pensions scam went towards Gary Quillan’s generous funding of the 2016 British Chess Championship in Bournemouth, where Michael Adams received a huge conditions payment and went on to dominant the Open.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 56
Views: 8556

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

I think it's a feature story and not a breaking news type story, relating to a number of pension scam cases involving millions of pounds and no 'justice' in relation to the company heads. Gary Quillan is I would think the 'mastermind', running a myriad of companies involved in insurance, pensions an...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 56
Views: 8556

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

I'd hazard a guess Williams might be rethinking his British Championship entry ...or maybe it will take his mind of it all?!
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 56
Views: 8556

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

Fairly damaging stuff in terms of reputation. Simon Williams 'Happy Go Lucky/Ginger GM' You Tube persona may take a hit in terms of fan base I'd think. Particularly as this story is not being limited to the Times Online, but would appear to be front page of the print edition, with a story including ...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 56
Views: 8556

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

The 2016 court case mentioned in the 2nd of the two Times articles I think is this one, where HMRC had prosecuted Gary Quillan and associates on a different pension matter (not involving Simon Williams), had been unsuccessful and then appealed the decision unsuccessfully. https://library.croneri.co....
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 56
Views: 8556

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

Gary Quillan and Simon Williams. Ouch!
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13428

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I suppose it would be a matter for yourselves, but usually in criminal matters you avoid contact between the offender and victim as much as possible. The type of offending probably shares more features of gambling cheats, using electronic devices, programs and manipulations in bookmakers, casinos an...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13428

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

There’s always going to be practical problems, but fortunately a lot of police officers and prosecutors are tremendous problem solvers. (Not chess problem solvers :)
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13428

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I think FIDE and their internal disciplinary proceedings are quite relevant. If they eventually void his results for the previous 6 years, you start to get a lot of parallels to sporting cheating cases. One I saw was the marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova. Banned for doping offences in 2014, but retr...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13428

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

It was more the burden of proof is less in civil proceedings and a feeling that for a organiser who historically handed Rausis a large cash prize, they’d probably have a decent chance of successfully suing him. Whether anyone has the energy or appetite to pursue it remains to be seen.
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13428

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I wonder how much benefit he has accrued over past 6 years? If he also coaches you’d imagine the increased rating/Open results probably helped attract plenty of parents or promising juniors. The Charlie Storey effect as it’s now known. Joking! Lol (Sorry Charlie :) Justin - there was the Lance Armst...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13428

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Not really, but I think it fairly likely Rausis will end up being sued at some point soon, be it by an chess organiser or even a player. My thinking was that in such a civil case it will hinge on both him being caught in the act and historical evidence from players themselves.
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74801

Re: Cheating in chess

Should chess entry forms carry a disclaimer then to the effect that in the course of the tournament it comes to our attention that you are currently banned by any global chess federation for dishonesty related conduct or are found to have not disclosed a previous chess grade.. we reserve the right t...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74801

Re: Cheating in chess

There would be a lot for an adjudicator in a CPS unit to consider. The evidence would have to hold up quite well for there to be a reasonable prospect of conviction and charge(s) to be laid before the court. Admissions in interview would be very handy.