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by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12632

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Well that’s exactly it isn’t it, they would be doing something new and exciting, which actually investigators do find quite interesting.
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12632

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

If it was a civil case, on the balance of probabilities Keith’s strong witness evidence and the recent events and admissions by the offending GM might actually sway a judge. Police and CPS deal with low level crime everyday. It’s their bread and butter! And trust me, they would be interested in a ty...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12632

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I certainly think that everything should be reported, even more difficult to prove signalling cases. If the strong suspicion is there the police can put them through the process, whether by arrest or a voluntary interview. Ultimately it will be a matter for the CPS to decide if there’s enough eviden...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

I know what you mean, with police cut backs etc. But I was also trying to think of a congress in a really bad area. Regular London tournaments are in places like Hampstead. Manchester has theirs at the university. I’d be surprised if response times would be too bad, certainly during the day. In our ...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12632

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I wonder if Rausis chooses to come completely clean Lance Armstrong style, there might be potentially a decent book and maybe even a movie in the story. It could ironically create quite a lot of interest in chess. Perhaps the full truth about when he took his first steps in cheating will be known so...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12632

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Maybe something the ECF could ponder is having a way of collating a database of reports regarding players suspected of cheating, with an option for the reporting to be anonymous. Not necessarily to be actioned, but in the first instance as a intelligence gathering exercise to see what the extent of ...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

No of course there are limits, I was only talking about the phone found in a toilet. I think in a number of cheating scenarios such as signalling or where the player has physical control of the phone, it’s unlikely a criminal case would work. In those cases you’d have to rely more on some justice/sa...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

I was police for over 11 years. You are talking nonsense! The practical idea of retaining a phone found in a toilet (as found property) to later hand over to police would never be a theft as there is no element of dishonesty. As long as it’s looked after, not damaged, no huge delay in handing to pol...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

It does seem an unusual idea that a player would be angrily demanding a phone back that was found concealed in a toilet. If there was a breach of the peace then the police would definitely immediately attend. My advice would be not to do any investigative work beyond what people have already seen pr...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

I don’t think there is any real case law for these type of cheating cases. A practical solution is just to treat it as found property. The organiser takes the phone from where it is found, keeps possession of it, and ideally takes the phone with the relevant contact details to the local police stati...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

It might be worthwhile for the ECF legal officer or advisor to put together an information page to be disseminated out to the constabularies in England. That way the the police officers will have a point of reference if any cheating incidences are reported in future. It could cover the type of scena...
by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

So for a player who is being signalled to, you’d have a dishonesty offence for the player. Would you have aiding and abetting for the the signaller? I think from a law enforcement perspective signalling will be very hard to prove beyond reasonable doubt. Full and frank admissions in interview seem q...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73121

Re: Cheating in chess

Most offences would have to classified as an attempt rather than the full offence. With mobiles phones going equipped to steal might fit. There probably aren’t many police officers who understand the chess world to any degree, so they’d probably need a lot of help to get their heads around it all.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Villa de Benasque Open
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: Villa de Benasque Open

Aren't his parent's multi-millionaires, who had GM Jonathan Hawkins travelling everywhere with him as his personal coach, until letting him go because they felt his results weren't improving fast enough?
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12632

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

There is probably more than we think. I've become aware of two new methods in the last year, both involving accomplices - in Ireland there was the spectator with a smart phone in the crowd/audience hand signalling to a 1500 player who was beating everyone. And in an English 4NCL event, there was lik...