More Allegations of Cheating in the Chess World
The chess world was marred by yet another cheating allegation. At the Aeroflot Open in
After these allegations were made, referees investigated Kurnosov’s person and found no electronic equipment or other signs of cheating. And Kurnosov was able to proceed in the tournament.
The incident highlights major problems in the chess world as computers and electronic communication devices become easier to acquire and even easier to conceal. How competitive chess will proceed into the 21st century under these circumstances remains to be seen.
The winning move (whether discovered by computer or man!) in the Kurnosov/Mamedyarov match was a bold queen sacrifice.
(Black to Move)
1... Qd2! (Threatening 2. . . Qxb2#).
2. Rxd2 Nxd2+. 3. Kc2 Bxh5.
3. Rxh5 Nc4.
And Black has obtained a game winning advantage.