Cheating in chess

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Matt Bridgeman
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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:08 pm

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.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:17 pm

Ian Thompson wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:18 am
the civil case that ensued resulting in the judge upholding the casino's claim that the player had cheated and rejecting the player's contention that it was legitimate for him to take advantage of playing cards that he'd spotted were faulty, but the casino hadn't.
You could get a civil case in the UK if FIDE or the ECF/Chess Scotland/WCU formally or informally banned a player from competitions and the player challenged this in the Courts.

It's not that parallel, but a few years ago a Congress accepted an entry from a player with no current grade in a grading limited section with a high prize fund. Their subsequent decision to withhold the first prize was overturned in the Small Claims court.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Jacques Parry » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:21 pm

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:08 pm
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.
Indeed. What I am challenging is the suggestion that, even if the evidence were clear, there might be doubt about whether the cheater had committed a crime.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:25 pm

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 to withhold prize money, etc?

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:33 pm

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:25 pm
are found to have not disclosed a previous chess grade.. we reserve the right to withhold prize money, etc?
It's commonplace for access to grading and section prizes to be restricted for ungraded or unrated players. If you want to compete for a restricted prize you have to demonstrate eligibility.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:23 pm

In the first game of this year's Turkish Super League, there was a game between WIM Filiz Osmanodja and IM Gunay Mammadzada. Filiz was white and after playing her 9th move, in a standard Sicilian, she went to get a coke from the downstairs cafe. Unfortunately, as she left the playing area without permission she was immediately disqualified. Seems a bit harsh really if that's all it was.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Richard Bates » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:17 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:23 pm
In the first game of this year's Turkish Super League, there was a game between WIM Filiz Osmanodja and IM Gunay Mammadzada. Filiz was white and after playing her 9th move, in a standard Sicilian, she went to get a coke from the downstairs cafe. Unfortunately, as she left the playing area without permission she was immediately disqualified. Seems a bit harsh really if that's all it was.
Venue or area? Not that it fundamentally detracts from the harshness.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Alex Holowczak » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:03 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:17 pm
Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:23 pm
In the first game of this year's Turkish Super League, there was a game between WIM Filiz Osmanodja and IM Gunay Mammadzada. Filiz was white and after playing her 9th move, in a standard Sicilian, she went to get a coke from the downstairs cafe. Unfortunately, as she left the playing area without permission she was immediately disqualified. Seems a bit harsh really if that's all it was.
Venue or area? Not that it fundamentally detracts from the harshness.
It's actually Round 11, not "the first game". It's pretty surprising that no one had committed this heinous crime, or something equally bad, in any of the previous 10 rounds.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:35 pm

Someone just got removed from Reserve Group C at the Dutch Open for cheating. There were no details in the press release as to what happened but a decision has also been made to turn all the games that the 'cheater' played into wins for the opponents. I'm really against this as in essence it means that the victim is profiting from the cheating. It would have been better to just not rate the games as if they had never happened.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:09 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:35 pm
Someone just got removed from Reserve Group C at the Dutch Open for cheating. There were no details in the press release as to what happened but a decision has also been made to turn all the games that the 'cheater' played into wins for the opponents. I'm really against this as in essence it means that the victim is profiting from the cheating. It would have been better to just not rate the games as if they had never happened.
The announcement describes how the games will be dealt with for the purposes of the tournament. I'm sure that they will be rated in the correct way.

edit : The Reserve Group C isn't registered for FIDE rating, so the whole question is moot.

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Ian Rogers » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:26 pm

The player caught, Joris Boons, had won three (rating restricted) Dutch tournaments in the previous few months, in Hilversum, Haarlem and Amsterdam, with perfect or near-perfect scores. More details at http://paulkeres.nl/?p=14578

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:52 pm

I shouldn't laugh, but I did.
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: Cheating in chess

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Andy Stoker » Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:36 pm

"In many ways Boons is a far more typical cheat than Rausis, a teenage, overconfident, but weak player who wants to prove that they are cleverer than everyone else. (Australia has seen two.)"

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Re: Cheating in chess

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:09 am

An article from schaaksite.nl by Joost Jansen on Boons which contains the full story in great detail. The article confirms what Nick F said above that the games would not be rated and also a recommendation that tournament organisers should get the scanners used to catch Boons. The following is a translation of the relevant paragraphs from the Dutch version:

"In Dieren he participated in the reserve group C. All the arbitrators there were now informed, and alerted to his strange behavior. During the first two rounds, nothing seemed to be wrong; the opposition was perhaps so weak that he needed little or no external help. This changed in the third round. His visit to the toilet increased to about 15 times per game, alternating with the three available toilet blocks. He often stayed there for 5-12 minutes, sometimes standing, mostly sitting (the toilet doors allow the feet to be visible). And I don't want to know from anyone how he or she sits on the toilet, but with one leg crossed over the other, so that there is only one foot on the floor ...? I have a picture of it.

Halfway through the fourth round, chief arbitrator Koos Stolk agreed. He waited for the player after the umpteenth visit to the toilet, and confronted him with our suspicions. He denied all allegations, and he even expressed indignation that he was suspected at all. By the way, he refused to be searched. That is indeed at odds with the Civil Code, but the FIDE Anti Cheating Guidelines do allow it. For the time being, Koos decided not to push the ball forward and let the player continue his match.

You would expect that after such a confrontation he would realise that he was being watched, but that was not apparent. He continued to frequent the toilets, sometimes after every move. From our arbitrator table, our intern Jarno Witkamp and I were able to observe him well, and we kept a kind of logbook for each game: which toilet does he visit, and for how long, and at what move. We also now had a nice collection of his games from Haarlem, Amsterdam and Dieren, which were subjected to a detailed analysis in the arbitrators' room.

I was by no means comfortable with it, if only because I was both at the NOVA tournament and at the Science Park arbitrator. Moreover, I witnessed the remarkable manoeuvres of the relevant player on a daily basis. I then enquired with Sernin van de Krol, fellow arbitrator and technician, whether an affordable scanner was available that could be used to locate a telephone without physical contact. Within a few minutes he had found one, which I immediately ordered.

Due to a misunderstanding with post.nl, the scanner was not delivered until the eighth round. We then immediately tried the thing out. The phone in the sock of Koos and even a metallic pen from Jarno were easily found with a bzzz, as well as the key ring and the phone in my own pocket.

After those successful tests, Koos has been waiting for the player. Together with Ron Bleeker, the arbitrator of his group, he informed him that he would like to examine him with a scanner. After endless sputtering and struggling, he seemed to agree. Koos called me in. But after a small demonstration: BZZ telephone, BZZ key ring, he would rather not be scanned. Koos told him that a refusal would be considered a positive scan result, and pointed out the consequences of this: removal from the tournament and reporting to the KNSB and FIDE, with the very conceivable result of a few years of suspension, plus the indelible label of cheater for the rest of his chess career. He finally admitted that he had a telephone with him, and Koos got him to hand it over. It was in an inner pocket of his pants. On the phone there were various chess apps, among other things, and a file with all his matches from the aforementioned tournaments. After a total of forty minutes, Koos carried out the investigation with great patience, the player left. His matches in the ONK have all been declared won for his opponents. They will not be processed for rating, and in anticipation of a decision by the disciplinary committee of the KNSB, his games from his previous tournaments have also been cancelled for rating processing.

Rarely have I been so content with the purchase of a device that I hope to use as little as possible. Incidentally, it can be borrowed for every arbitrator, if there is reason to do so."

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