One week ago the following email in reply to Comments on the Magnus Carlsen Affair (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2022/09/09/comments-on-the-magnus-carlsen-affair/) was received from Grandmaster Kevin Spraggett:
Sat, Sep 10, 9:00 AM (7 days ago)
Great article, Mike!
Though I have stayed at arms length from this latest scandal, I should point out that the chess community, Judge or layman alike, has never been able to treat the subject of cheating seriously and with the professionalism that it deserves. In sports there are plenty of ways of ‘proving’ cheating vis a vis drugs and boosters. In chess, our chess players and politicians rush in and tamper with the evidence. FIDE has a well known history of turning every cheating accusation into a public relations scandal. No one (world championship level) is ever ‘proven’ to be cheating, and the community feels that ‘paranoia’ and Fischer-like craziness is an adequate explanation.
This time however, Carlsen’s opponent will likely see his career cut short. He has admitted to cheating. In the court of public opinion (non-chess community) Carlsen’s behavior has been vindicated.
Have a nice weekend!
I appreciate Kevin allowing me to publish his thoughts.
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I concur with most of what GM Ben Finegold says in the video:
3 days ago
This is why I love you Ben: you’re not afraid to express an unpopular opinion. And you backed up your view pretty well.
3 days ago
When friends asked me why I stopped playing over the board the answer is because I never played in a FIDE-rated tournament that had any anti-cheating measures in place. I have no idea why Finegold’s opinion is unpopular and it actually feels like it’s the most obvious way to handle things. Eventually cheating will define the game of chess if people keep treating like the elephant in the room; it needs to be in the limelight because if more isn’t done to prevent cheating it could literally destroy this game.