High-Tech Grandmaster-level Chess Olympiad Cheating Uncovered - HotHardware
High-Tech Grandmaster-level Chess Olympiad Cheating Uncovered

High-Tech Grandmaster-level Chess Olympiad Cheating Uncovered

Computers have reached the point where they can beat chess champions. So is it hard to believe that a chess champion might cheat by using a chess program and an elaborate scheme using text messages?

That's what happened last year in Siberia, during the 2010 chess Olympiad. At least, that is what authorities believe happened last year in a scandal that involved up-and-coming French chess grandmaster Sebastian Feller, 20; Cyril Marzolo, 32; and French captain Arnaud Hauchard, 39. All have been suspended by the French national chess federation.

How did it work? Marzolo watched Feller's match from a livestream online. He then enter the moves into Firebird, open-source chess software developed by an anonymous team of Russian programmers, and then relay the move, via SMS, to Hauchard.

Hauchard would give the move to Feller by standing next to certain tables at in the hall. Those "moves" had been pre-defined, such that Feller could translate Hauchard's positions in the hall into chess moves.

The scheme might have gone undiscovered if the French chess federation’s vice president Joanna Pomain hadn't found an incriminating text message sent to Marzolo by Hauchard that read "Hurry up and send me some moves."

Further investigation then discovered hundreds of coded text messages between Marzolo and Hauchard, all sent while Feller was playing his matches. The trio has denied the accusations, and will appeal the suspensions, which were decreed this week. Feller and Marzolo reportedly both face three year bans from the game, while Hauchard could be banned from his post as coach and selector for life.
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thats not elaborate sceme. people did that in school all the time. how are they allowed phones while playing? come on, even the ACT and SAT make you turn your phone off and not take it out.

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Wow the length some will go to is astounding. I mean I agree it is not very elaborate. The fact is that they correlated it and tried to use it. I imagine it is easily doable but SRS and text messages over cellular devices are fully trackable.

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lol all for a game of chess... But how did they find the text message???

Also jonation, the player didn't use a cellphone, his "partners" did and acted out the moves for him to see.

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yea i misread that. i still feel that the hosts should have detected it, on the grandmaster level

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Did they really think they'd get away with it? As rapid1 said, text messages are trackable...Guess they didn't know that. Oops!

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Yea, the fact that they got that far is just silly to me. I mean what kind of signals was the guy giving them? Jumping jacks me a,5 xD

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In their defense: Chess is boring.

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Rofl; 3vi1 "Chess is Boring", while this may be true is he really or has he ever been an actual champion. This raises many other questions like did he ever cheat at any other time and how if he did, did he do it. It basically just raises questions on anyone who is considered the best if they are ever involved in a situation such as this one.

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they have dishonored themselves and will be shunned upon in the world of Chess

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Hey, if you're going to play a game that simulates military conflict, why not do like the real military and take computer projections into account? :) Not very sporting, sure... but cruise missiles aren't either - and they work.

My opinion of what should be legal may be skewed because I suck at chess.

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