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Posted on 12/28/2006 3:44:22 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
An Indian chess player has been banned for 10 years for cheating after he was caught using his mobile phone's wireless device to win games, chess officials said on Wednesday.
The player, Umakant Sharma, had logged rating points at a rapid pace in the last 18 months and also qualified for the national championship, arousing the suspicion of officials and bemusing rivals.
Mr. Sharma was finally caught at a recent tournament when officials discovered that he had stitched a Bluetooth device in a cloth cap which he always pulled over his ears.
He communicated to his accomplices outside the hall, who then used a computer to relay moves to him, Indian chess federation secretary D.V. Sundar said on Wednesday.
"We have banned him for 10 years," he told Reuters. "We wanted to send a clear message to such people."
Chess officials were also probing whether another player had similar advantages through such illegal means, he added.
What's it with India these days? First the woman runner that wasn't and now this....
Given the life expectancy in India, it MIGHT be lifetime!
Really though computer chess is so good if not caught he could of been the next World Champion.
Technically it's possible for a computer to play chess flawlessly but it was take millions of years to make a move.
Under his cloth cap? What a knitwit.
I think Bud Selig is the Commissioner of the Indian Chess Federation.
Check and Mate!!
i just don't understand people who have the desire to cheat... and then to actually act on that desire... why pretend to be something you're not? "oh--you're so great... the best... " but in reality, the person is a cheater... no character...
Bluetooth, the Chess world's version of steroids.
Depends on the level. Judging from him qualifying for national championship - probably a master. Regular computers are playing at this level, one doesn't need the Deep Blue [which has been disassembled long ago, anyway].
he should have tried for a surgical implant, like Hugh O'Brian usd in Search.
If I had been advising him, he would have been mated before he'd advanced his queen's pawn!
If he was better than a computer, then he wouldn't have felt a need for it. Clearly, he's worse than a computer.
Have you played Fritz lately?
Heck have you even played ChessMaster 10 lately?
These mainstream engines are pretty dog gone strong.
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