Treacherous King – Some History II

King 1King – Beldjanin, 1962. Isn’t this an easy victory for white? 1.Qxe5. Yes!! 1.. Qxe5 2.Rd8+ Ke7 3.Re8# “Keeping it simple” is clearly what this combination is suggesting. A request one should definitely comply after calculating the current setup on the board.

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Böblingen, Germany, 1999. “Checkmate in eight moves!“ shouts the amateur player Clemens Allwermann at the opponent, the grandmaster Sergej Kalinitschev, in the very last round of the duel. He responded to the disbelieving smile by saying: “Don’t smile, check for yourself!” to heat the situation even further. The amateur player (German Rating of 1925 back then) had earned a shared first place at 7.5 out of 9 points and an overall performance of more then 2630 Elo points. Allwermann was accused of scamming with the support of Fritz 5.32 and all duels could be reconstructed identically with computer aid. Supposedly, the moves were communicated by mini-headphones. At the following tournament in Bad Wörishofen, Germany, he obtained 4.5 points which are adequate to his performance. In the beginning of 2000, the Prosecuting Authorities Stuttgart in Germany gave up their investigations regarding prize money obtained by fraud due to lack of evidence. In consequence, the Bavarian Chess Association expelled Allwermann from the organization.

King 2Blanc – Baron, 1979. The usage of all possible aids quickly helps white to win the duel. 1. Bxh6 gxh6 2. Ne7+ Kh8 3. Rf8+ Qxf8 [3…Nxf8 is not an option: 4. Qg8#] 4. Kg6+ Kg7 5. Nxf8+ Kxf8 6. Qg6. White cannot win until this last move!

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Lampertheim, Germany, 2002. The pedagogue Wolfgang Siegler repeatedly disappeared from the chessboard at the Open, although his turn was up. This odd behavior was followed by astounding moves on the board. Suspicious tournament participants called in referees to follow the suspect to the bathroom. A glance under the bathroom door caused the ref to wonder about the unusual foot position that made usual usage of a toilet impossible. Therefore, he sneaked up the dash-panel and caught Siegler while cheating with a handheld-computer and immediately suspended him from the event.

 King 3

Speelman – Liu, 1981. Slight fare from China, bon appétit! 1.. Re2 2. Qxe2 Bxg5+ 3. Ne3 [3. Kd1 results in immediate checkmate 3.. Qb1#] 3.. Qb1+ 4. Kd2 Qxh1 .. And the loan goes back with interest and compound interest ..

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April, 2004. Many international top-players participated in the online tournament ACP and fought for prize money of $5,000. The tournament announcements explicitly forbid any illegitimate aids, but still, the players Ghaem Maghami (Iran) and Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany) were suspended from the tournament due to the usage of computers. The German Chess Association frowned upon this behavior.

King 4

Haik – Skembris, 1981. Quick! 1. Rxf6 gxf6 2. Qh6 Re7 [2.. Qe7 3.Nxf6+ Kh8 4. Nxe8 and black can be sure to win the party] 3. Nxf6+ Kh8 4. Ne8! The defence is destroyed for good: 4.. Rxe8 5. Rf7 and over; 4.. Nxg6 5. Rf8+ Nxf8 6. Qxf8# and 4.. Qxe8.makes the game come to the same end. Game Over!

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December, 2006. The Indian player Umakant Sharma enhanced his Elo from 1930 to incredibly high 2484 within a year and a half and was therefore banned from any further activities by the Indian Chess Association for a total of ten years. It was clearly proven that he hid a Bluetooth-receiver in his cap at a tournament in New Delhi.

 written by Frank, translated by Birthe