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Is this top 100 player cheating?? FM Vladimir Afromeev

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timalick
I did a video about this, but here's the highlights: 1. FM Vladimir Afromeev is a 2646 rated player which makes him ranked 67 in the world without a GM title. 2. this player almost EXCLUSIVELY plays in events that he personally organizes. 3. he's been called out by multiple elite players for gaming the FIDE ELO system to climb a miraculous amount of points in his middle age. check out the video for more info https://youtu.be/BWaCd82wzIk
ChappyL
Interesting video.
checkmate6582
Yes, interesting...
Brabdignab

Interesting, I agree. Just a pointer: I think the ending "eev" is pronounced with two syllables, so it'd be AFF-roh-May-ev, unless I'm mistaken.

Thatsucks

Well aren't you the little detective? 

Let the professionals (chess.com staff) handle this one. 

Laskersnephew

"Let the professionals (chess.com staff) handle this one."

I don't think the chess.com staff have any say as to what goes on in FIDE events

GigaChadMagnoose

funny dude. obv not in a good way tho.

lfPatriotGames

No. He is not. 

Think of it this way, is someone who puts their earnings into low tax vehicles cheating? No, they are not. They are using the existing rules creatively to advance their own personal position. Some people may not like what he's doing, because he isn't as good a chess player as his rating indicates, but that's not his fault. He is just a smart businessman. 

GigaChadMagnoose
lfPatriotGames wrote:

No. He is not. 

Think of it this way, is someone who puts their earnings into low tax vehicles cheating? No, they are not. They are using the existing rules creatively to advance their own personal position. Some people may not like what he's doing, because he isn't as good a chess player as his rating indicates, but that's not his fault. He is just a smart businessman. 

 

go murica

Thatsucks
Laskersnephew wrote:

"Let the professionals (chess.com staff) handle this one."

I don't think the chess.com staff have any say as to what goes on in FIDE events

You're right. I originally assumed he meant top 100 on chess.com.

madmacsback
timalick wrote:
I did a video about this, but here's the highlights: 1. FM Vladimir Afromeev is a 2646 rated player which makes him ranked 67 in the world without a GM title. 2. this player almost EXCLUSIVELY plays in events that he personally organizes. 3. he's been called out by multiple elite players for gaming the FIDE ELO system to climb a miraculous amount of points in his middle age. check out the video for more info https://youtu.be/BWaCd82wzIk

Considering he has only played two rated tournament games since October of 2007, and instead has concentrated on his career as an international arbiter and trainer, I think it’s safe to say he isn’t cheating. And for the record, he hasn’t been rated 2646 since 2018, when those last two tournament games were played. His rating is 2633, which places him slightly outside the top 100. Was he gaming the system to get rating points? Maybe. Wouldn’t be the first to do that, won’t be the last.

 

SmyslovFan

A person can cheat without using an engine. Here’s an article from my fb friend GM Alexander Baburin on the topic:

https://chessdailynews.com/a-story-worth-reading-by-gm-baburin-of-chess-today/