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David Howell vs Sebastien Feller
Chess Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Sep-25
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  0-1


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  Garech: Great game from Feller - good pun potential too!
Jan-23-11  Peetuurr: There is a big row brewing over this game, the accusation being that black's 19th move being computer generated, details here.

Mar-15-11  picard: They think he used a computer for black's 19th move huh? Well he had to move the knight, and moving it to c2 was only slightly better than moving it to c6. I mean those 2 moves are the only practical choices. I dont think anyone would need a computer for that move, let alone a player who is in the top 100.
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  jahhaj: <picard> 19.Nc2 puts the knight on a square where it is clearly trapped. You would have to see the subsequent tactics with Nf2,Nh3+, and Qb6+ and then judge the subsequent position at about move 27 as favourable for black.

I have no idea if this is likely for a GM like Feller, but the position is more complex than you are suggesting.

Mar-21-11  rclb: Seems like this was the firebird chess engine versus David Howell

This game should be forfeited by Feller and Howell should have his elo increased accordingly. Plus, the whole French team should be disqualified. You just can't have this in Chess.

Mar-21-11  picard: <jahhaj> GM's are perfectly capable of seeing 8 moves ahead. The man is ranked 90th in the world. also, i was using computer analysis when i when i said Nc6 was slightly better than Nc2 however, it seems that this is a moot point in that the cheating involved more than just the 19th move. the chessbase article above mentions hundreds of text messages that were coded moves, which were then signaled to Feller.
Mar-21-11  Wild Bill: Nice game by Firebird.

I wonder what players involved in these kinds of schemes would say if asked to public post game analysis at a demonstration board. How often would one discuss the alternate lines in a given position and why he rejected it for the move played?

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  tamar: The difficulty in detecting cheating with good players is that even these flashy moves are well within a 2500-2600 players range.

Feller, even if he cheated, would understand the moves the computer suggested, and probably could explain them in a postmortem convincingly.

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  offramp: How did Feller get into the top 100 - that is the problem!
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  offramp: Actually, the combination started by 19...Nc2 is really original!
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  offramp: Howell Feller played.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Rather a fine article on this in the Guardian.

Let that be your lesson--never sent the text "Hurry up, send moves" during your games.

May-13-12  vinidivici: Here's the news.......judge yourself guys

39th Chess Olympiad
In October 2010, Feller scored 6/9 (+5 =2 -2)[4] during the 39th Chess Olympiad and won the Gold medal for best individual performance on board 5. However, the French Chess Federation accused Feller, along with French players GM Arnaud Hauchard and IM Cyril Marzolo,[5] of cheating during the Olympiad. While Feller was in the playing hall, Marzolo was in France where he checked the best moves on the computer. Marzolo then allegedly sent the move in coded pairs of numbers by SMS to Hauchard. Once Hauchard had the suggested move, he would position himself in the hall behind one of the other players’ tables in a predefined coded system, where each table represented a move to play. The French Chess Federation claims, in all, 200 text messages were sent during the tournament. The scam was supposedly uncovered by Joanna Pomian, the federation's vice-president.[6]

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