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  • #76
    Cheating in Chess

    October 5, 2020

    From ChessBase:

    Cheating controversy at Pro Chess League

    10/5/2020 – The final of the Pro Chess League was overshadowed by a cheating incident. The Fair Play Team came to the conclusion that the Armenian Grandmaster Tigran Petrosian, who played for the Armenian Eagles, the team that had won the finals and the tournament, had used computer assistance in the final. The Armenian Eagles were deprived of victory, and Tigran Petrosian was banned for life from playing on the server.

    In the finals of the Pro Chess League series, the team of the Saint Louis Arch Bishops (which had players such as Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez, and others in their line-up) played against the Armenian Eagles (Tigran Petrosian, Haik Martirosyan, Parham Maghsoodloo, among others). The Armenian Eagles won the final and with it 20,000 dollars, but shortly afterwards allegations of cheating were raised against Tigran Petrosian.

    But investigated the allegations and came to the conclusion that Petrosian had violated the fair play rules. Some of this games are conspicuously flawless and his moves are consistent with engine suggestions. The players were monitored by webcams during the games, but during the games Petrosian often looked down, allegedly to get access to computer assistance. also came to the conclusion that Petrosian had used computer assistance during the semi-final matches. then deprived the Armenian Eagles of their victory, and declared the Saint Louis Arch Bishops the winners of the final. Tigran Petrosian's server access was deleted and he was banned for life from playing on the server.

    Press release by

    The Saint Louis Arch Bishops are the winners of the 2020 PRO Chess League championship. The Armenia Eagles have been disqualified from the 2020 season due to fair play violations.

    After a thorough investigation,'s Fair Play team determined that GM Tigran L. Petrosian, who played for the Armenia Eagles, violated fair play regulations during games in both the semifinal and final matches that took place on September 25 and 27, respectively. and the PRO Chess League have issued a lifetime ban against Petrosian for his actions, and per section F of the league's regulations, the Armenia Eagles have been temporarily banned from participation in future PRO Chess League seasons.

    PRO Chess League Commissioner IM Greg Shahade released the following statement:

    "It's always unfortunate when the league is presented with evidence of fair play violations, but we stand behind the evidence presented from's Fair Play team."

    The 2020 title is the third title overall for the Saint Louis Arch Bishops and their second consecutive championship. Both the Canada Chessbrahs and China Pandas will receive $10,000, half of the sum of the second, third, and fourth place prizes.


    • #77
      Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
      Armenian Grandmaster Tigran Petrosian, who played for the Armenian Eagles, the team that had won the finals and the tournament, had used computer assistance in the final.
      This is a whole new twist on Iron Tigran.


      • #78
        Originally posted by David Ottosen View Post

        This is a whole new twist on Iron Tigran.
        It is a shame that someone who is named the same as former world champion Petrosian should stoop to such a low level.
        I cannot fathom why someone who HAS achieved a GM level can even consider cheating? Some low-life wanna-be sub
        2000 player maybe, but a GM? I cannot understand cheating in any case - take up online poker or minesweeper.
        ...Mike Pence: the Lord of the fly.


        • #79
          Cheating in Chess

          October 11, 2020

          From The Times:

          Chess cheat makes another false move

          Jack Malvern | Leon Watson

          When a photograph emerged of a chess grandmaster furtively using his phone to cheat while hidden in a lavatory cubicle during a tournament, it became one of the greatest scandals of the game.

          Igors Rausis, 59, who had been the oldest player in the top 100, fell abruptly from grace last year when he was caught on camera with a mobile phone in his hand.

          After admitting his guilt and accepting a record six-year ban by the World Chess Federation, the Ukrainian-born player seemed to have retired. That was until another player grew suspicious at a tournament on Saturday.

          Arturs Neiksans, a Latvian grandmaster, was playing at the Vsevoloda Dudzinska Memorial chess tournament in Valka, Latvia, when he was alerted to a mysterious unrated player who had just crushed his opponent. The newcomer was also wearing a mask between rounds, making him hard to identify.

          Neiksans said he was approached by a fellow player after the second round.

          “He said, he sort of looks like Rausis, but is not sure,” Neiksans told the website Chess24. “I said: ‘That’s hardly possible.’ I looked from afar but couldn’t tell as he was avoiding everybody. When the third round was about to start, I decided to investigate and came closer.

          “And there he was, Rausis in person, hiding behind a mask and additionally [carrying] a crutch. I immediately established eye contact and asked directly: ‘What are you doing here?’ ”

          Rausis had entered the tournament under the name Isa Kasimi, which he said was his way of trying to escape the photograph of him cheating that appears every time anyone searched for his old name.

          Neiksans, who went on to win the tournament, said that he was shown what he thought was a driver’s licence under a new name, but did not know where it had been issued. Rausis was not breaching his ban because the tournament was not organised by the World Chess Federation, but his return is controversial.

          Rausis confirmed his appearance in a post on Facebook. “Yes, I changed my name a year ago to get away from toilet photos posted everywhere, but I didn’t hide the new name [and] everyone was aware of it.”

          (This may be behind a paywall).


          • #80
            Cheating at chess can take many forms. I was involved as an arbiter / organizer / CFC Governor in a case several years ago, where I believed, by examining the CFC's online cross tables, that a certain player was creating fake tournaments, with fake players (who had had CFC memberships paid for them, by the player under investigation, as it turned out), then submitting those for rating by the CFC, with an aim to increase that player's rating. I filed a formal complaint, worked with CFC Executive member Dr. Dilip Panjwani, also a Kingston resident at the time, to investigate this, and was proven correct.

            Respectfully submitted,
            Frank Dixon
            NTD, Kingston


            • #81
              Chess's cheating crisis: 'paranoia has become the culture'


              • #82
                Audio presentation about cheating in chess ...

                BBC audio:

                (about 9 minutes... includes discussion with representative about how they look for cheating and at the end asserts that Carlsen is the greatest of all time (GOAT) using similar analysis)
                Last edited by Kerry Liles; Friday, 16th October, 2020, 05:17 PM. Reason: additional info
                ...Mike Pence: the Lord of the fly.