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Cheating
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Hi Guys
with the issue of cheating coming to the fore, I'm wondering what if anything we should be doing if and when cheating comes to Scotland. I would like the following questions discussed

Would the standards committee be involved and what degree of powers should be involved or should it be down to the arbiters committee

How do we define cheating ? its more than the obvious attempt to win a game. I've seen players using bad gamesmanship to try and get an advantage. I've witnessed teams "telegraph" their appraisal of a player's position, and now we've seen in an international tournament a grandmaster use a phone outside of the playing area and another GM write notes down. The two GM's were subject to FIDE but most tournaments in Scotland are not FIDE rated, so who decides who is cheating and who decides the punishment
Does alleged cheating have to be reported at the time. I myself have been badgered during a tournament but I was so thick I didn't realise it at the time. I've seen a player write a move down on a scoresheet but inadvertently played another, however the opponent tried every means to force the player to play the move written down, in my opinion crossed the line in gamesmanship.
I know how important it is to follow the rules and regulations but humans make human error and sometimes a minor infringement can be blown up out of proportion.
There are players out there who sometimes rely on knowing the latest rules and regulations. I know of two instances where a player promoted to a queen but hit the clock before placing the queen on the board. In one instance the player was told by his opponent he played an illegal move and the opponent created as much noise as he could to try and put the opponent off. In another occasion a player playing me did the same but I waited until after the match when I explained in a light hearted way the correct procedure.
I played in a team tournament recently where a player twice (in my opinion because I saw and heard it) deliberately dropped pieces on the floor because the player dropped his pen. What I'm trying to say is that there are different forms of cheating , and for the cheat to get away with it he has to be clandestine about it.
We've all seen league events where the draw claim is at best misunderstood and at worst abused. The most common one is where one player claims a draw and both teams weigh in with opinions. Also the "no practical winning chances" claim seems to invite team wide discussion. Here's another - a player has King Knight and Bishop v King and the opponent stops the clock stating that the player has no knowledge of winning that type of END game. How does he know that especially if its a known type of endgame.

Rant over, The bottom line is that should we have an anti-cheating officer to deal with all this
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