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Chess Cheating and Ethics (A personal view)

The GrandMaster Gaioz Nigalidze (2566) from Georgia was thrown out of the Dubai Open this weekend after being found guilty of cheating. Over the past few years, this cancer (cheating) has been growing more and more. First among amateurs and now, apparently, among Grandmasters.  This must come to an end.

As chessplayers, we urge organizers to find a solution to this problem. There are many things to be done on this subject. However,  they are not the only ones to make a  difference, chess needs to be again a game of respect, of gentlemen, and there are ethics and manners to follow in a tournament. The 21st century chess can’t allow a GM hidding phones in a toilet, where are the values of this game that we so proudly preach?

For example, nowadays in Open Tournaments it is very common to see kids (sometimes not just kids) walking around and commenting their own games and how they are doing.… Read more

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Dubai Open 2015


The third round of this strong event brought us some interesting battles.

The rook on the third rank.

Zhigalko-Khartikeyan1Zhigalko,S (2675) – Khartikeyan,M (2504)
Black to play

Here black continued with 12…Nxc3 13.Rxc3 Nb4. Black’s idea is to play b5 followed by Nd5 and Bb7. The game continued 14.a3 b5 15.Bb3 Nd5 16.Rd3! Deja Vu Not long ago we wrote here an article (Rocket Rooks) featuring a game by Sergei Zhigalko in which he played Rd3-Re3-Re5-Rh5-Rh3. He applies the same idea in this position, keeping the rook on the third rank will be useful on the attack against the black king.

Zhigalko-Khartikeyan2Zhigalko,S (2675) – Khartikeyan,M (2504)

The game continued 16…Bb7 17.Re1 Development completed. White’s idea is to play Nd4 followed by Qg4 with great pressure on the kingside, the rook on d3 can join the attack later to h3 or g3. Now black commited a serious mistake 17…Qc7? A typical square for the queen in this type of positions,however here it loses control over the g5 square allowing white to start a decisive attack.… Read more

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