Cheater Caught At German Championships

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/6/11, 11:03 AM.

german champs 2011.jpgThe 82nd German Chess Championship in Bonn had an exciting finish when Igor Khenkin took the title on a superior tie-break score from Jan Gustafsson after both had finished on 6.5/9.0.

The format was a nine-round Swiss event with 34 players taking part. The competition started 26 May and finished on 3 June.

The separate women's nine-round Swiss competition was won by Sarah Hoolt who achieved a score of 7.5/9.

All the games from the championships can be found at the official website here. A selection of the new champions' games are below.

The Champion: Igor Khenkin won his first German Championship

Igor Khenkin.jpg


Sadly, the end of the tournament was marred by the disqualification of a player for cheating.  An FM was discovered to have consulted a chess program on his mobile phone when visiting the toilet during the game.

Such cheating is difficult to stop, so surely the punishment should be severe to act as an effective deterrent. Even if phones and similar devices are banned from the playing area, a player could consult a hidden device when he left the room (or be aided by an accomplice).  What is the answer?







 Name Elo Pts TB
1  Khenkin, Igor 2488 6.5 48.0
2  Gustafsson, Jan 2480 6.5 47.5
3  Fridman, Daniel 2471 6.0 48.5
4  Buhmann, Rainer 2462 6.0 46.5
5  Gschnitzer, Oswald, Dr 2437 6.0 42.5
6  Stern, René 2498 5.5 50.0
7  Huschenbeth, Niclas 2450 5.5 44.0
8  Siebrecht, Sebastian 2425 5.5 44.5
9  Seel, Christian 2358 5.5 41.0
10  Svane, Rasmus 2442 5.0 44.5
11  Tischbierek, Raj 2421 5.0 45.0
12  Jugelt, Tobias 2407 4.5 42.5
13  Kummerow, Heiko 2399 4.5 43.0
14  Rietze, Clemens 2393 4.5 39.5
15  Andre, Gordon 2392 4.5 42.5
16  Vatter, Hans-Joachim 2382 4.5 43.0
17  Bastian, Herbert 2351 4.5 36.5
18  Lubbe, Nikolas 2346 4.5 35.0
19  Krassowizkij, Jaroslaw 2329 4.5 36.5
20  Poetsch, Hagen 2297 4.5 31.5
21  Müller, Oliver C 2431 4.0 41.5
22  Mertens, Heiko 2395 4.0 39.5
23  Krause, Ullrich 2344 4.0 34.0
24  Dranov, Aleksandr 2336 4.0 37.0
25  Seger, Rüdiger 2300 4.0 30.0
26  Strache, Michael 2413 3.5 40.5
27  Molinaroli, Martin 2379 3.5 38.5
28  Bracker, Frank 2356 3.5 37.5
29  Zill, Christoph 2337 3.5 33.0
30  Kessler, Andreas 2375 3.0 35.0
31  Lederle, Vitus 2337 3.0 31.0
32  Pitschka, Claus 2350 2.5 34.5
33  Bindrich, Falko 2426 2.0 41.0
34  Natsidis, Christoph 2363 0.0 DISQ

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  • 3 years ago


    Simple solution. Bathroom mods. 

  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    Chess programs have ruined the game , first it was correspondence chess ruined . Then huge databases meaning its impossible to really suprise opponents. Internet chess is a cheaters paradise. Now its spread to over the board.

     Computers have taken all the romance out of the game

  • 5 years ago


    In the toilet?  Hehe.  Talk about being caught with your pants down!  Cool

  • 5 years ago


    ...cheating is everywhere...sports, business, relationships, education etc. western society is quickly becoming morally bankrupt...high values and hard work are like Dinos...can't find them anywhere...

    ...where have all the heroes gone...

  • 5 years ago


    I find it sad for him really, his ruined reputation should be punishment enough - this one incident ruins years of chess play and study.

  • 5 years ago


    Thing is, you can have as many precautions against electronic devices as is possible, but it's equally possibly for someone to cheat by simply leaving the playing area and asking another human for advice. Admittedly humans are not as strong as computers, but it's still cheating, and apart from catching the person in the act I don't see how it could be prevented.

    Regarding accompanying players to the toilet, whilst I understand the idea behind this it does somewhat make me wince... as someone who plays in FIDE tournaments regularly and suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and chronic diahorrea :-) I regularly have to use the toilet several times during a long session and have never been questioned on it because the controllers are aware of my condition. But when playing abroad or in unfamiliar surroundings, I have resorted before to fasting/eating small amounts of very bland food, to avoid drawing suspicion.

  • 5 years ago


    If he had been smater, he would have kept the phone at a hidden place in the washroom so that he wouldn't get caught. 

  • 5 years ago

    IM Runner

    1st- we (the players) assumed he did it not the 1st time in the tournament.

    2nd- right after the game ended the referee came to his seat and asked him to show his pockets.

    It was a draw offer at the end, so he couldn't know when is the right moment to stop. He was ready to stand up and check the position again (that's why he had always the actual evaluation ready instead of turning it off)

  • 5 years ago


    His pockets were checked after the game - so why didn't he just throw his phone away after he had won the game? or just switch off his phone? 

  • 5 years ago

    IM Runner

    He was often not at the board during his games...

    At the last game (where he was caught) he had 14 min for 13 moves, came to the board, moved within 15 sec und moved away. That was to suspicious in such a "zeitnot" and his opponent told the referee

    After the game his pockets were checked ad they found his mobile-phone with the actual position from the internet (, just the position with the evaluation [there wasn't anything obvious to see]

    Moreover his old phone isn't capable of a engine with the rating of the strengh he played at; but it was still cheating...

    Why I know all this?- I was there!!!

  • 5 years ago


    How did they find out? 

  • 5 years ago


    "Cheater caught at German Championship" makes more headlines than "Cheater caught at"


  • 5 years ago


    It seems to me that chess organisers do not really care about the problem of cheating...if they did a number of checks and balances would have been put in place a long time ago...and the reason why this problem continues, is because everyone knows that it can be done without being caught.

    Chess is loosing credability because of this problem...and no one seems to real effort is being put forward to address this growing cancer...even a small site like "" closes around 100 accounts per month for cheating...the "ice berg theory" suggests that only a small percentage of those actually cheat gets caught... 

  • 5 years ago


    hmm i guess you could say professional chess has litterally gone to the dumps... =)

  • 5 years ago


    There are ways to catch cheaters, but you really have to look out for yourself.

  • 5 years ago


    Helipacter, lol, man that is one funny pic!!! 

    I think it is sad that one does that, and though it is not the worst sin out there, it is wrong and those who do this should have their titles taken away (who know how long this has been going on him...) and be suspended for a few years, and if caught at it again banned for good. 

  • 5 years ago


    I agree with you Malurn. This is a sad deal. The punishment does need to be harsh.

  • 5 years ago


    Cheating - With modern technology it is going to be increasingly difficult to stop cheating. I can think of so many different ways to cheat using modern gadgets, none of which rely on something so obvious as a cellphone. All you need is an accomplice on the outside.

  • 5 years ago


    I dont think there is any reasonable way to stop people from carrying electronic devices into a chess tournament. Thats just the world we live in today.  A 3 year ban from sanctioned tournaments on the first offense and a lifetime ban on the second offense seems like a fitting punishment. 

    I dont feel any sorrow for the FM not earning his IM norm...for all we know he may have been cheating at tournaments for years and isnt even worthy to have the FM title.  At a minimum he should be stripped of his title.

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