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Dubai Chess Open Tournament

Ivan Ivanisevic7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Vladimir Fedoseev7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
David Howell7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Andrei Istratescu7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Aleksandr Shimanov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Yuri Solodovnichenko6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Gadir Guseinov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Dragan Solak6/8(+4 -0 =4)[view games]
Tigran Levonovich Petrosian6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Eltaj Safarli6/8(+5 -1 =2)[view games]
Peter Prohaszka6/9(+3 -0 =6)[view games]
Sergey Volkov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Sergei Zhigalko6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Mateusz Bartel6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Igor Kovalenko6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Tamas Banusz6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Gabor Papp6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Alexander Ipatov5.5/8(+5 -2 =1)[view games]
Nils Grandelius5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[view games]
Yuri Kuzubov5/8(+4 -2 =2)[view games]
Milos Perunovic5/8(+4 -2 =2)[view games]
Alexander Shabalov5/7(+4 -1 =2)[view games]
Alexander Kovchan5/7(+4 -1 =2)[view games]
Sayantan Das5/8(+4 -2 =2)[view games]
Zaur Mammadov4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[view games]
Abhijeet Gupta4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[view games]
(107 players total; 79 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 334  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Abdulla vs D Howell  0-142 2015 Dubai Chess OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
2. A Ipatov vs N Mammadova 1-019 2015 Dubai Chess OpenE07 Catalan, Closed
3. K Mona vs N Grandelius  0-120 2015 Dubai Chess OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
4. G Guseinov vs Karthi Rajarishi  1-026 2015 Dubai Chess OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
5. Axel Berglind vs D Solak  0-130 2015 Dubai Chess OpenA25 English
6. S Volkov vs Aravind L N Ram  1-048 2015 Dubai Chess OpenA52 Budapest Gambit
7. D Bit-Narva vs P Prohaszka  0-141 2015 Dubai Chess OpenB10 Caro-Kann
8. A Shimanov vs Tarig Elther Mohammed 1-066 2015 Dubai Chess OpenB01 Scandinavian
9. D Vocaturo vs A Mokal 0-137 2015 Dubai Chess OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. S Mahadevan vs G Papp  0-155 2015 Dubai Chess OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
11. T Banusz vs Vinayak Kulkarni  1-064 2015 Dubai Chess OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Rakan Alattar vs Y Solodovnichenko  0-135 2015 Dubai Chess OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. G Nigalidze vs M Hisham Al Yaghshi  1-032 2015 Dubai Chess OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
14. M Makropoulou vs A Rakhmanov  0-163 2015 Dubai Chess OpenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. A H T dos Santos Fier vs A Ahmad  1-053 2015 Dubai Chess OpenE73 King's Indian
16. V Fedoseev vs Adham Fawzy  1-039 2015 Dubai Chess OpenE16 Queen's Indian
17. A Deshpande vs I Kovalenko  0-133 2015 Dubai Chess OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. T L Petrosian vs F Mohannad  1-025 2015 Dubai Chess OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
19. J C Tabada vs Y Kuzubov 1-059 2015 Dubai Chess OpenC42 Petrov Defense
20. S Zhigalko vs D Rowe  1-044 2015 Dubai Chess OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
21. A M Soozankar vs M Bartel  0-144 2015 Dubai Chess OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. I Ivanisevic vs R Tleptsok  1-046 2015 Dubai Chess OpenA51 Budapest Gambit
23. S Nadir vs M Perunovic  0-138 2015 Dubai Chess OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Gupta vs M Gevorgyan  1-025 2015 Dubai Chess OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. A El Jawich vs A Istratescu  0-138 2015 Dubai Chess OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 334  PGN Download
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  kingscrusher: Nearly a 2800 FIDE Rating performance at the Dubai Open 2015: British GM David Howell

I video annotated some of his key games here:

Cheers, K

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  PhilFeeley: Although I have no doubt about the cheating, the iPhone notation in the Petrosian-Nigalidze game (from the photo in the WP story) doesn't match the scoresheet, and the final position doesn't match exactly either.
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  tamar: <PhilFeeley> That is strange. Read <offramp>'s comments on the game page T L Petrosian vs G Nigalidze, 2015

Either it shows the position Nigalidze was analyzing, or the arbiter in the process of seeing whose account the iphone was in, put it back on a spot they thought matched up.

Since the opening on the iphone is a transposition of the game, it might be possible to tell where the first position Nigalidze consulted it.

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  ajile: <Appaz: <boz> Three years is one year more than the general doping ban in sports and there are always the principle of a second chance.>

If you are caught red-handed like this guy and there is no doubt he cheated then IMO it should be a lifetime ban PLUS you lose all your rating points for life.

No second chances and no forgiveness for cheaters EVER.

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  OhioChessFan: Agree 100% with <ajile>
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  Appaz: <ajile> I have a hard time disagreeing, but I try to make up my mind on principle in this case.

Kick him out for some time, then give him a second chance.

Bigger names than this guy has successfully "rehabilitated" after being caught cheating and then contributed a great deal to chess.

But in cases like this: strip them of their titles and wins, and prosecute them in a court for fraud.

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  ajile: What about all the people that lost REAL MONEY in past tournaments because of this crook? Do any of these players get any of their prize money that they should have earned? Weeks and months and years of study all wasted because of a cheater who took a shortcut to fame and fortune.

I realize my dream of lifetime bans is just a wild fantasy and these scammers will continue to scam so at the very least this guy should have to return all the money he has made in the last few tournaments to qualify for his weak and lame 3 year suspension.

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  PhilFeeley: Another bad standings table. The winner was #19, Dragan Solak from Turkey. There were 6 with 7/9.
Apr-16-15  Catholic Bishop: lolllll meanwhile

The number one ranked computer Go program Crazy Stone just got slaughtered in the 'Denseisen', an annual Japanese man-vs-machine match, by a semi-retired Pro...

...on a three stone handicap.

Apr-16-15  Catholic Bishop: Former World Champion Yoda Norimoto's assessment of the current state of the art in Computer Go:

'On FOUR stones they are quite competitive with average Pros. On THREE stones, the Pro may expect to lose 1 game out of 100.'

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  Appaz: <<ajile> What about all the people that lost REAL MONEY in past tournaments because of this crook?>

That's why we should put them to court for <fraud>, because that is what it is. Same goes for cheaters and dopers in other sports.

The swindled players would probably still not get their money back, but at least it sends a message to other potential cheaters of how serious this is.

Apr-16-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Yes, but that is how us Professional Sports "Handicappers" make our money...because we know or can deduce when some one/team is gonna let us say not play their best. That is sports, that is why I can see when something is crooked, I have been doing it for a long time and it has paid for a lot of good stuff, sadly much of it went up my nose and veins...
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  offramp: I am in total agreement with <Appaz>.
Apr-16-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Does anyone have any idea how many are cheating (even just a move a game) now?
Apr-16-15  Tomlinsky: <MVM> No.
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  ajile: <Appaz:>

Good idea. Use the legal system to get the money back.

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  Appaz: <<ajile> Good idea.>

Not my idea, doesn't some European countries already practice this for doping? At least it has been discussed frequently.

Lance Armstrong is also in some serious legal trouble, but I believe that is civil lawsuits.

Apr-16-15  jphamlore: I suspect the post-game interviews in the very top events are going to weed out the obvious cheaters who are dramatically elevating their rating. They simply won't be able to explain what was happening in their winning games.
Apr-16-15  Shams: Except as <Appaz> noted it's unlikely plaintiffs could ever recover. Meanwhile it costs money to bring the suit in the first place...

Massive* public shame and a long ban, those aren't inconsequential punishments.

[*Ok, massive within the microscopic world of chess]

Apr-16-15  Kasparov Fan: If anybody doesn't love chess please stay away from it.But don't do such stuff which is disgraceful. The only way to stop cheating in chess is lifetime ban and criminal case against these cheaters.
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  offramp: Nigalidze was NOT caught red-handed. The phone was found and he apparently admitted it. Red-handed would be to be caught phone in hand...
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  whiteshark: "The 17th Dubai Open reached itís pinnacle of exictement when after the penultimate round there were no less than five players in the lead with 6.5/8. They included the top seed David Howell, Vladimir Fedoseev, Eltaj Safarli, Dragan Solak and Alexander Shabalov. In the end six players had 7.0/9 points, with Dragan Solak edging out his rivals on tie-break."

<Giant report by Sagar Shah> :

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  PhilFeeley: It's quite odd <> hasn't updated the results here. Does only one person work there?
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  PhilFeeley: This is really silly: it doesn't even have the winner at 7/9.
Apr-20-15  Conrad93: < If you think a story in the Daily Mail constitutes proof, then presumably you don't eat any food as it all causes cancer of some type or other.>

This story isn't just on the Daily Mail.

It's on every major news site.

CNN, Fox, Daily Mail, Gawker, The Guardian, NY Post, etc.

Chess usually doesn't get this kind of attention.

One exception is Carissa Yip.

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