Odisha’s U-18 chess caught cheating, national title stripped – the New Indian Express


Express news service

BHUBANEWAR: Just days ago, celebrities including billionaire entrepreneur Nikhil Kamath were caught cheating while playing five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand in a charity chess game organized online to raise funds for relief from Covid-19.

Online chess is back in the news for the wrong reasons. This time, a player from Odisha was arrested for allegedly using unfair means during the U-18 National Open Fast Line Chess Championship. The player in question, Manish Kumar, even won the title but it was withdrawn after detection of the fraud.

Interestingly, the All Odisha Chess Association (AOCA) and the Odisha Sports and Youth Services Department even congratulated Manish on winning the crown.

The AOCA in a statement said Odisha’s Manish Kumar was crowned the National Under-18 Open Chess National Champion which ended on June 12. out of 11 possible in his name to obtain his first national title “.

However, the All India Chess Federation later won the Manish title and announced that Aronyak Ghosh of West Bengal was the new champion.
GM RB Ramesh appeared concerned about the trend and said: “It was disgusting to see young players getting help from coaches and using motors during online play. In many matches, players were playing well at the game. above their ranking level. “

Ranjan Mohanty, AOCA vice president, said cheaters would be severely punished.

“In good faith we organize age group tournaments, but few players resort to unfair means. They will suffer the consequences. If we cover it up, we are actually encouraging cheating and punishing honest players,” Mohanty said.


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