Cell phone

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In 2003, former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov was kicked out of a chess tournament because his cell phone rang during the course of a match.  As per article 13.4 of the laws of chess, he was disqualified when his cell phone rang during a games against GM Evgeny Agrest of Sweden in a European Team Championship.  Ponomariov was the first player to be penalized under this law at a major event.  FIDE has banned players from carrying cell phones during chess matches as they can be used to receive advice on moves ad help access computer databases of moves online.  In 2004, the same thing happened to woman national master and tournament top seed Christine Castellano at the Philippine National Chess Championship.  Her phone rang in the middle of a match and she was disqualified.  Also in 2004, Agrest himself was disqualified when his cell phone rang.  There were rumors that Ponomariov was the one who called and said, “Now we are even.”


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    maybe a miscall that they have an eyeball this afternoon @ the mall ... hehehehe
  • 8 years ago · Quote · #2


    omg thats well unfair

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #3


    It is the age of electronics,but I am sure that a GM would not use a cell phone illegally.They can disturb one's concentration, especially during a final match!!!

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #4


    thats a stupid rule, the refs should have at least given him a ewarning

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5


    My brain goes both ways on this one but in the end I'd be happy that if its a rule, they enforce it.  If a person needed access to a phone for emergency reasons (which would possibly throw their concentration off anyway), they could speak with officials beforehand.  IMHO there are way too many places where people think their cell phones are theeee most important thing in the world.  Personally, I do my best to turn off the ringing, turn off the phone or leave it someplace else.  If I knew there was a rule against it in a chess tournament, I'd be more worried that I accidently would have it on and would make sure and not even have it on me.  I'd think I'd be more worried about being caught with it than whether I was going to win the match.

    On the other hand, there is the human compassion part of me that would think, "You know, I'm sure that he didn't do this on purpose let's give him/ her another chance and just warn them this time."  While I would love to go in this direction, I would believe it to be unfair to all the other players that made sure to get rid of their cell phones before the match and deserve the utmost respect and freedom from irresponsible distractions. 

    Therefore, in the end, I'd say, stick to the rules and both that person and anyone else debating whether they should have a cell phone on them would not have to think twice about the seriousness of it.  Whether or not someone would 'actually' use it to cheat or not, I don't see as as big of a deciding factor.  Most people wouldn't, however, I believe any human given temptatoin and the ability to could possibly give in and in that rationale for the sake of that person and their opponent, it is beneficial to have a 'no-tolerance' principal invoked.

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