A scandal has rocked the Australian Open event.
In the U1600 competition (called the Norths Chess Club Centenary Year Under 1600 Tournament - which is running concurrently in the same venue as the Australian Open Championships at Manly-Warringah Leagues club), a player was found to have cheated and was expelled today.
The 14 year old player was caught red handed with a hand held computer in the toilet cubicle.
Suspicions were first aroused when he was seen visiting the toilet no less than 6 times in 20 moves.
The Arbiter was later notified and he was subsequently "tailed" by the Deputy Arbiter the next time he went to the bathroom. It was moments later when he was then caught red-handed with the hand-held computer (Chess Master) . The Arbiter subsequently expelled him from the tournament.
The player appealed against the severity of the punishment but the Appeals Committee rejected his appeal and supported the expulsion with a 3-0 vote.
I cannot help but feel very disappointed with this whole situation.
Chess after all, is only a game. It is not a life and death matter. As he is still very young, I sincerely hope he takes stock of this and learns from this. I understand sometimes the pressure to win can be overwhelming but unfortunately that was the wrong way to go about it.