Life-Time Ban Visually Impaired Player For Cheating
A visually impaired chess player has been permanently banned by the Norwegian Chess Federation (NSF) after having been caught red-handed with an earplug glued to his palm during a game against a nine-year-old girl. Norwegian chess reporter Tarjei J. Svensen tells the story.
The player, 52-year-old Stein Tholo Bjørnsen,
was caught just two months after he had completed serving a two-year ban for prior cheating.
The verdict in this remarkable cheating case, reached at a board meeting of the federation at the end of May, was historic. It’s the first time in the history of the NSF that a player received a life-time ban from domestic competition. Although Bjørnsen still has the opportunity to appeal the suspension, the evidence and severity of the case leaves little hope for the verdict to be changed.
“We have zero tolerance when it comes to cheating, and we want all our members to play according to the rules,” Morten L. Madsen, President of the federation, said in a statement.
I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind