Friday, August 19, 2011

Sebastien Feller's Story and More Cheating Allegations

On the same day the young French GM, Sebastien Feller, 'convicted' of cheating recently, gives an interview to WhyChess (, we learn, also from WhyChess, that there is 'Something fishy at the Botvinnik Open'. (
It seems a player rated all of 1698 has three wins, two draws, and only one loss against players rated hundreds of points higher. Could he be having the tournament of his life?
From the article: "Yes, a certain Sergey Klimentiev, rated 1698, seems to be doing rather well. Is he perhaps a youngster whose rating hasn’t caught up with his talent? No, it seems not, as he was born in 1969. The RCF website continues:

He’s already beaten a series of FIDE Master level players, crushed IM Alexsej Lanin and drawn with IM Ivan Rozum. Players and organisers claim that after an encounter Klimentiev is unable to show or recall the moves from the game he’s played. The tournament continues, and today the St. Petersburg player is up against the Ukrainian Anatoliy Polivanov.

In the comments under the news item it’s pointed out that Klimentiev doesn’t even know the names of the openings. Up to this point you might be tempted, as I am, to side with the amateur player – is it really so unusual not to be able to recall the moves of your game or the names of the openings?! Perhaps he’s just having the tournament of his life? But the opening moves of the game he played as Black against Polivanov (on stage, with spectator access restricted) do seem to suggest he might have been performing somewhat above his ability level: 1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Bg4?? 7.Nxd8 ("an alternative was 7.Qxg4")...

The fact that Klimentiev is still playing in the event is likely to lead to more debate about how we can deal with suspected cheating when the alleged culprit isn't caught red-handed."
It will never end now that the genie is out of the bottle.


Anonymous said...

Nothing but a lawsuit. What tournament can the arbiters force a participant to abstain from their personal effects, and perform on stage like a monkey in front of their accusers?

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