Federation Agrees to Lead Effort Against Cheating
Published: May 4, 2013
The Association of Chess Professionals announced on Monday that the World Chess Federation had finally agreed to create a committee to come up with ways to detect and stop cheating.
The announcement came as the number of cheating accusations has mounted. The latest was last month at the Cork Congress Chess Open in Ireland, where Gabriel Mirza suspected that his opponent — a 16-year-old from a top Dublin school,according to the Limerick Leadernewspaper — was cheating.
Mirza said he followed the teenager into a bathroom and found him consulting a chess program on his cellphone. He then pulled the boy from one of the stalls before being stopped. Both Mirza and his opponent were expelled from the tournament, and the Irish Chess Union is investigating the episode.
Kenneth W. Regan, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Buffalo, who is working on a program to detect cheating, wrote in an e-mail that there had been a number of recent accusations of cheating involving teenagers. “I do feel like the floodgates are opening,” he wrote.
A version of this article appeared in print on May 5, 2013, on page A21 of the New York edition with the headline: Federation Agrees to Lead Effort Against Cheating.