The latest cheat? Now in the Bundesliga...


Techniques develop, chess programs become ever stronger, and therefore, accusations of cheating increase every year. The latests occurred in a match in the Bundesliga between Eppingen and Kamenberg, when the German grandmaster Falko Bindrich was defaulted on move 10 and his team lost the match as a result. 


The basis of the row, which led to his disqualification was that Bindrich, returning from the toilet (which he had visited twice in the first hour of the match) refused to show his mobile phone to the arbiter, when the latter insisted he do so. Falko justified his refusal on the grounds that to have complied would have been an invasion of his privacy, because his phone contained photos and documents which were not intended for prying eyes... He does not deny that the phone also had chess devices, on it, which he uses to analyse games, although not during play. Be that as it may, the arbiter, in accordance with new Bundesliga rule requirements, defaulted Bindrich on move 10.  

The yoiung German has published a 5-page account of the situation, as he sees it. He points out in particular that the arbiter, together with his opponent, followed him, "and even tried to look under the toilet door at me whilst I was in the cubicle!". Falko asks "Where will this end? People spying on one another, and listening in, while they are on the toilet"..

However, there were grounds for taking a special interest in Bindrich. In particular, there was his previous Bundesliga game against Tregubov. At the end, Pavel, "feeling that I had been insulted", refused to shake his opponent's hand, after what had happened during the game. The German had played  avery computer-like exchange sacrifice, and after some errors, conducted the game to victory. And then next day came the game with Siebrecht.

Bindrich's first toilet visit passed unchallenged, but after tyhe second, he was asked to explain. Who is right and wrong in this scandal will be decided on 2 November, when the matetr will be considered by the German Chess Federation. Before this date, Bindrich and his team may file an appeal against the match result. Then a decision will be taken about the Grandmaster's further fate (a possible ban?) if the cheating allegations are regarded as proved. 


Text by Evgeny Atarov