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ACP proposals anti-cheating committee



7 October 2013
On Oct. 2 and 3, the ACP Anti-Cheating delegation composed of ACP Board Director IO Yuri Garrett (ITA), IA Laurent Freyd (FRA), GM Konstantin Landa (RUS) and IM Prof. Kenneth Regan (USA) joined FIDE Vice President Mr. Israel Gelfer, Chairman of the joint ACP/FIDE Anti-Cheating Committee, for what proved to be two very successful days of meetings in the premises of the French Federation at Elancourt. Mr. Gelfer was exposed for the very first time to a rather lengthy and well detailed set of proposals elaborated by the ACP Anti-Cheating group in the course of several previous meetings, and appeared to be very favourably impressed by the amount of work that had been done.
The ACP proposals include, among other things:
- two sets of requirements, more stringent at the top/professional only level (World Championship Cycle, Olympiads, Round Robins, etc.) and amateur/professional level (FIDE Opens). This was increased to three levels, upon suggestion of Mr. Gelfer, to include special regulations for Youth Tournaments.
- an anti-cheating approach based solely on the violation of existing regulations and not on finding final evidence of cheating
- changes to the law of chess to the effect of determining sanctions for behaviors that can lead to cheating or may appear to be leading to cheating;
- other changes to the law of chess required for integrating the new anti-cheating effort;
- establishing the different roles of tournament director, arbiters, Anti-Cheating Commission, players, others;
- a new and more active approach to the role of arbiter, by increasing arbiter duties and powers;
- an obligation for players to withstand searching in the playing area or during play if requested;
- a very sophisticated and scientifically verified statistical tool elaborated by Prof. Kenneth Regan for detecting suspicious play.
- procedures for detecting fraud by means of: a) physical + statistical evidence; b) physical evidence only; c) statistical evidence only;
- different procedures for filing cheating allegations, both during the game and after the game; for a) players; b) arbiters; c) Anti-Cheating Commission; d) others.
- an equally rigid system of sanctions for both cheaters and witch-hunters;
- creation of a permanent Anti-Cheating Commission within FIDE, endowed with special powers.
- suggested use of scanners and scramblers where suitable;
- separation of prosecuting and judging bodies;
By way of example, the ACP proposed that all electronic devices should be banned in top level tournaments, whereas in amateur/professional tournaments they should only be away from the player's reach. This means that, in minor tournament, electronic devices can be taken into the playing hall and separately stored (e.g. in a bag), but no player will be allowed to carry them with him (in a pocket, in a jacket, in a bag etc.) during play, even if turned off.
The inspiring principle of the ACP proposals was that of a reasonable and effective approach to anti-cheating, with a view to avoiding major burdens on the vast majority of honest players and organizers alike and bearing in mind the ultimate goal of not hindering the growth of chess while fighting the plague of cheating. The ACP position was almost integrally conveyed into a working paper that will be debated and improved over the next few months, with a new meeting of the FIDE-ACP Anti-Cheating Committee to be staged early next year. The goal of the Committee is to approve the new set of rules and regulations at the FIDE General Assembly in August 2014.
On behalf of the ACP, I wish to thank Mr. Israel Gelfer for his very proactive attitude and for his openness towards both the ACP members of the Anti-Cheating Committee and their proposals.