Wadih Khoury wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:15 pm
Matt Bridgeman wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:01 pm
A least two from England, two from Wales (I think), multiple bans from the Netherlands, and one blatant case from Belgium I heard about. I’m not sure about Ireland. I think Scotland ran a pretty clean team. At a guess the England players might be facing a 5 event online ban, but I’m not sure if 4NCL Online rules were in effect. It was all bang out of order, and I’d hope the culprits don’t get to wear England vests for a couple of years in over the board chess.
Any official notification from the organisers? Or a forum where this is discussed in more details?
Any ECF comment on the England allegations?
The Glorney-Gilbert event was due to be hosted by the French as an over-the-board competition but, due to coronavirus, the ECF offered to host it as an online event (and the French had a prior engagement on the dates chosen, so withdrew):
https://www.welshchessunion.uk/junior/g ... bert-2020/
I imagine that the conditions affecting the England players are covered by the ECF’s online Fair Play and Anti-Cheating regulations:
https://englishchessonline.org.uk/wp-co ... ACv2_1.pdf
The sanctions for juniors are clearly stated, but the outcome will be affected both by the ages of the players (under or over 16 being a key factor) and also whether the player(s) accept that they cheated, which can reduce a ban by a third.
It may well be that appeals are underway and it seems that this can be a drawn-out process. It may also depend on whether the application of Ken Regan’s software to the players' games supports the players and therefore an appeal, or the platform.
Confidentiality is a key aspect of the ECF’s policy, so I wouldn’t anticipate any warts-and-all disclosures or report:
“The Organiser will be asked to manage any changes to results etc in such a way as to avoid or minimise any publicity for the sanctioned player.”
We know that lichess can wrongly issue a ban, but, as in the recent case of Santiago Palomar, it can take a monumental effort to achieve justice. His cause was ably supported by an eminent I.M. coach, Javier Gil and the ban was eventually overturned. Few parents have such excellent support.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the second U.K. Chess Challenge Gigafinal and in the Terafinal, also being run on lichess. Players must know that if they cheat, they are likely to be caught, having seen it happen to several at the Megafinals and first Gigafinal stage. Whether any appeals thus far have been successful is unclear.