|Dec-05-08|| ||whiteshark: <Mihaela Sandu>
Grandmaster title (WGM) approved to her at the 79th FIDE Congress which was held 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany.
(She is from Romania)
|Jan-19-11|| ||BLarsen1967: nice photo http://iulianceausescu.files.wordpr...|
|Mar-13-12|| ||virginmind: pretty good result at the european individual championship 2012, with 6.5/11 points - especially considering her rating.|
|May-22-15|| ||sonia91: After 4 rounds she's the sole leader at the European Individual Women's Championship (2015) with 4/4.|
|May-26-15|| ||virginmind: Placed second after 7 rounds, with 6 points.|
|May-29-15|| ||SteinitzLives: That she appears to be accused of cheating as implied by two letters signed by players is ridiculous, and mean spirited:
Keep your claws in ladies!
|May-29-15|| ||alexmagnus: The games themselves were completely unsuspicious. The score was, but it it her fault that her opponents, on average, underperformed? When she started with 5/5, she actually stood worse in two or three games.|
|May-29-15|| ||perfidious: Borislav Ivanov this player is not.
The whole business is pathetic and says far more about those who would pillory a colleague than about that player.
|May-29-15|| ||alexmagnus: <The whole business is pathetic and says far more about those who would pillory a colleague than about that player.>|
Among the signers of that letter there were some really prominent players, whom I respected before and never thought they could fall for "cheating paranoia". I wonder how many of them actually saw Sandu's game before signing the letter.
|May-29-15|| ||ChessVip: Mihaela Sandu speaks: https://scontent-atl1-1.xx.fbcdn.ne...|
|May-31-15|| ||ketchuplover: Apparently she forfeited her final round game|
|May-31-15|| ||SteinitzLives: This shows us the ugliness of chess cheating cuts both ways, against the innocent who is accused, and of course against any who are ever cheated against. I hope Mihaela Sandu gets some written apologies, she deserves to have them, but I won't be surprised if that does not happen.|
There has been some speculation from a few of my friends that some of the signers of the letters were from one country. Could they have been compelled to sign a letter? It's not like that has not happened in chess before, but usually it was to put pressure on a defector.
|May-31-15|| ||jamesmaskell: Its very difficult now given the number of cheats being caught. Maybe those players really believed something was up. Its hard to tell. Her game against Girya was scored at 93% accuracy by Chess-DB.|
I don't blame the players for getting suspicious, but this whole saga has been mishandled from the start, guilty or not.
|May-31-15|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: There needs to be far more serious punishment for false accusations of anything that would harm the accusee. The cheating allegations here were completely basis but could have ended Sandu's career.|
Similarly in the non-chess world: a number of American students have been suspended or faced long prison sentences for false rape complaints, while the lying accuser—and corrupt prosecutor in the infamous Duke Lacrosse case—got just a slap on the wrist.
|Jun-01-15|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: “By now most chess fans seem to agree that the Romanian chess player has become the victim of a witch hunt. The latest news is that two players have retracted their signature from the letter that accused Sandu directly: Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Anastasia Savina.” http://www.chess.com/news/zhukova-w...|
|Sep-24-15|| ||dumbgai: More from Sandu: http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...|
Apparently after advancing to the semifinals at the World Cup, Eljanov was thoroughly searched and mentioned Sandu in the context of anti-cheating measures.
|Sep-24-15|| ||Karposian: <dumbgai: More from Sandu: http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...|
Apparently after advancing to the semifinals at the World Cup, Eljanov was thoroughly searched and mentioned Sandu in the context of anti-cheating measures.>
Interestingly, a couple of days before the cheating allegations (and the accompanying accusatory letters) debacle emerged during the European Individual Women’s Championship earlier this year, Eljanov in a tweet insinuated that it was natural to be suspicious about Sandu's 5/5 start in that tournament.
You can read his tweet here (just scroll down the page a little):
The main instigator of the accusatory letters towards Sandu was Natalia Zhukova. Both she and Eljanov are from Ukraine. Perhaps they know each other well, and that's why Eljanov supported Zhukova's position? I'm just speculating, of course. But in my opinion the accusations against Sandu seemed totally unfounded, and looked more like paranoia and a witch-hunt, than anything else. I feel sorry for Mihaela Sandu.
|Apr-27-17|| ||Sally Simpson: ...and two years later The FIDE Ethics Commission are still debating the false allegations.|
"The ETH also arrived at provisional findings in case 3/2015 (M Sandu / 15 other players) relating to false accusations of cheating that were allegedly made in the 2015 European Individual Women’s Chess Championship.
The final verdict will be announced soon once the players have had a chance of making further representations."
|May-08-17|| ||ketchuplover: Looks like she has the last laugh so to speak.|
|May-12-17|| ||newzild: About 15 years ago, when I had a 1750 rating, I entered New Zealand's most prestigious weekend tournament after having not played in several years and recorded an Elo 2200 performance.|
Imagine if that happened today?
It's hard to imaging someone playing 450 Elo above their normal rating without being accused of cheating.
For the record, I didn't cheat.
|Sep-28-18|| ||GrahamClayton: Dutch player Sandra de Belcourt wrote an interesting article about the cheating controversy:|