Spurious Cheating Charge Against Chess Child

In the infamous Toiletgate scandal in last year’s world chess championship, challenger Veselin Topalov insinuated that champion Vladimir Kramnik was somehow cheating during his frequent trips to the restroom. The implication was that, when Kramnik was on the throne, he was consulting a computer or receiving move suggestions through a wireless earpiece.

Now similar vague cheating charges have been made at the European Union championship for young children in Batumi, Georgia. Entry was restricted to the age of eight and below, and Nikita Ayvazyan of Moscow won last week with a score of 8 to 1. Andy Soltis wrote in yesterday’s New York Post (the article is not yet posted online) that the Azerbaijani delegation of parents and chess teachers accused Ayvazyan of receiving secret help during the game. The tournament organizers found no basis to the accusation and blasted the Azerbaijanis for making it.

3 Responses to “Spurious Cheating Charge Against Chess Child”

  1. HagstromCondor Says:

    re: “… that champion Vladimir Kramnik was somehow cheating during his frequent trips to the restroom.

    I think there was a second 2006 Toiletgate, involving a lower-ranking player in the Philadelphia World Open. The frequency w/which this fellow “ascended the throne” similarly elicited suspicion, and a grandmaster not enrolled in the tournament discovered TheAccused’s last 20+ moves to be an exact match to those Shredder© would have played.

    I don’t recall the denouement.

    There are few children ages “eight and below” who do not visit the restroom w/mind-numbing frequency.

  2. paulhoffman Says:

    In the tournaments I enter, there are also many adults who visit the restroom w/mind-number frequency.

  3. ngb Says:


    here in the philippines, cheating thru hand signals(coming from parents/coaches) is prevalent. plus we have the added game-fixing, e.g. giving away games to lower rated players for monetary gain, or fixing results to corner the bulk of the prize money(local tourneys).
    unfortunately here, most people don’t believe it’s happening, or they have closed their eyes and ears and pretend that everything’s ok.
    i believe cheating is happening worldwide and unless we accept the fact that it is real, we cannot do something about it.

    i am sad because cheaters have tainted the royal game.


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