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Whole Truth about Triandria tournament

26.05.2017 / GM Pap, Misa (2480)

08.05.2017 / GM Pap, Misa (2480) : Cheating Scandal in Thessaloniki
15.05.2017 /   Perpetual Check info : M. Pap's "Cheating Scandal..."

I saw "answer" to my "claims", and it is not clear who wrote it. First it says, "Chess Club Ostria - Thessaloniki" (no names), and then in the end, "Board of Directors - Triandria chess club" (again no names).

Well, first of all, when you say or do, or write something like this, you sign your name, and do not hide behind some phrases...Also, this "Board of directors" sounds about right, if people understand what it means in english!

Anyway, they ("directors" - do they direct movies, or...?), produced a lot of lies there, and tried to divert attention from real problem (if somebody was cheating or not), to insulting me, and trying maximaly to ruin my chess, and sports image...

Fortunately for all of us, there are many copies of that e-mail which I sent on April 20th, to the main organizer Mr Betsakos and to the main arbiter. You can read it in full, but here is how it starts:

" You (Mr. Betsakos), said that you are my friend, and I believe you. Now, please listen to what I have to say about today's incident:

I played for many years in almost whole Europe, and I NEVER had similar incident as today, here in Thessaloniki, in Triandris tournament.

I believe that chess culture (and of course culture in general), and fair - play, are above everything else, and only then one can focus on result. If there is no respect and fair - play, why do we play then? If everything is allowed (including cheating), maybe next time, somebody will punch me in the head during the game? What do you think, I should do then? ...etc..."

So, after such start, and rest of the e-mail, please read, they do not asnwer! Why? What do you think?

So, I got no asnwer at all, never! Now to the lies in their tirade:

1.-.4. I will skip, because I explained all in my article...

5. a) Lies lies. I never did those things, especialy not benting under his chair! Who does those things? b) LIE!!! I never claimed that he was cheating. During the game, I spoke with the arbiter, and asked him IN PRIVATE, if this is normal game to him, and what he thinks...Also, explained in my article... c) I pushed my chair once, on purpose, because my opponent (making some face grimasses like he is going to kill me... and organizer (explained in my article) were extremely rude... d) LIES LIES!!! I never shouted during our game, and of course never said that he cheated in public. As I explained in my article, I started to talk to him AFTER the game, and only one patzer from nearby tables was upset...That is all!

6. There was no time delay!

7. How can you refuse to fill out some form? Who are these guys who write this rubish? You have RIGHT to issue official complaint, but that is your RIGHT, which means CHOICE, you are not OBLIGATED to do so!

8. Please read my e-mail. Here is part which shows that these guys lie lie lie: "If you do not want HUGE SCANDAL out of this, I propose solution:

1) I will not issue official complaint, and I will not mention this cheating incident publicly, if... What you should do:

1) He should apologize personaly to me, and promise never to cheat in chess again! 2) My games will not be transmited live online until the end of the tournament 3) If I (or anybody else), suspects that somebody is cheating, he has right to ask for body search of that player by arbiter (in presence of both players of course), and that is also in accordance with new FIDE rules of chess.

You should talk to the main arbiter, check the game for yourself, if you wish (if you do not believe me). You can call me in the morning after 10.00 h. Or just send e-mail. I do not see other solution, and we should resolve this, before the start of the next round. Because, this is not normal!" .... and:

"P.S.Also, by this draw I lost 4 rating points, and my chances in this tournament are diminished. I advice you to seriosly consider to compensate me for this somehow (for example 400 EUR in cash). Because this happened in your tournament, and you claimed that it was OK. No, it is not OK!"

So, dear all, who is liar, who is lying? It is clear from my e-mail, that I wanted to settle the matter without public scandal, and offered him chance to be honest, and admit. But what he and they did instead? They use parts of my e-mail, in dishonest try to discredit me!!!

Come on guys, or shall I say "directors", who do you think you are talking to? Some 5 years old kid?

9. I said that they can discard me from the tournament if they want, no problem...So? 10. Tournament was disgusting and awful!

So, I think that I said enough, and people should know what really happened, and these "directors", who even do not have enough decency to sign their lies, are some horrible bunch.

By now, it should be clear to anybody, who is who, and what happened there...Over and out...

GM Misa Pap (Yes, I have courage to sign my name)

Dear Mr. Betsakos - my friend,

You said that you are my friend, and I believe you. Now, please listen to what I have to say about today's incident:

I played for many years in almost whole Europe, and I NEVER had similar incident as today, here in Thessaloniki, in Triandris tournament.

I believe that chess culture (and of course culture in general), and fair - play, are above everything else, and only then one can focus on result. If there is no respect and fair - play, why do we play then? If everything is allowed (including cheating), maybe next time, somebody will punch me in the head during the game? What do you think, I should do then?

Here are the facts:

My opponent Papasimakopoulos A. (Elo 2155), arrives few minutes late at the game. He is playing all of his moves extremely fast, 5-10 seconds for almost all moves (you can check this online on chess24, because it is possible to see, how much time was spent after each move!). I had very tough game, fighting with my best ability, and I was in severe time trouble. Whole game, white was better, much better, and almost winning...I had almost no chance...He spent just 2-3 minutes to achieve this. NOBODY, and I repeat NOBODY can play like this - except ENGINE. Game was 46 moves long, and I saved draw, almost by miracle! He was VERRRYYYY UPSET, that he didn't win this game !!!

I checked the game thoroughly, move by move, only to find out that he played 44 engine moves, out of 46 moves which were played in the game!!! Engine matching percentige: 96 %! This is the main parameter to discover cheaters in chess! Here is the link, how much matching percentage of moves have some WORLD TOP chess players: Stockfish Top Choice Percentage

As you can see, for some even 2800 players 60 % of moves to play like engine is not easy !!! All is clear.

The only question which remains is, what we will do now? Incident which happened, is quite small, compared to what can (and should) come out of this! First of all, I have proof that he cheated (44 out of 46 engine moves - 96 %, only engine plays like this). He also left immediately, and I had no time to ask for body search (for some hidden bugs, wires, or electronic equipment) of him - by arbiter (which is normal by FIDE rules!).

Somebody should maybe ask for his suspension, because of this cheating incident. And, somebody might write all about this, in every chess magazine, website, blog, Facebook, etc. etc...Everywhere on internet, for the beginning. And of course alarm FIDE, ACP etc.

If you do not want HUGE SCANDAL out of this, I propose solution:

1) I will not issue official complaint, and I will not mention this cheating incident publicly, if...

What you should do:

1) He should apologize personaly to me, and promise never to cheat in chess again! 2) My games will not be transmited live online until the end of the tournament 3) If I (or anybody else), suspects that somebody is cheating, he has right to ask for body search of that player by arbiter (in presence of both players of course), and that is also in accordance with new FIDE rules of chess.

You should talk to the main arbiter, check the game for yourself, if you wish (if you do not believe me). You can call me in the morning after 10.00 h. Or just send e-mail. I do not see other solution, and we should resolve this, before the start of the next round. Because, this is not normal!

Best regards,

GM Misa Pap

P.S. Also, by this draw I lost 4 rating points, and my chances in this tournament are diminished. I advice you to seriosly consider to compensate me for this somehow (for example 400 EUR in cash). Because this happened in your tournament, and you claimed that it was OK. No, it is not OK!