Mamedyarov Repeats Accusations

Mamedyarov Repeats Accusations

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Azeri Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (pictured) has repeated his serious accusations of cheating against GM Igor Kurnosov, relating to the recent Aeroflot tournament.  Previous news items are here and here.

A translation of his letter to an Azeri sports website can be found here.

Mamedyarov seems to believe that comparing another GM's moves to Rybka and finding lots of matches is evidence of cheating.  Newsflash - it's not!  Certainly not for GM's at any rate, and Kurnosov is a strong enough player to find good moves on his own!

Falsely accusing players of cheating undermines chess just as much, if not more than actual cheating.  Until now, one could just about forgive Mamedyarov's original outburst as related to post-game stress and upset at losing.  No longer.

If Mamedyarov has any REAL evidence he needs to produce it immediately.  Otherwise he is simply dragging a fellow player's name through the mud, and should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute under FIDE's regulations.

There is little else to say that hasn't already been said by many others, including respected chess blogger, Mig Greengard, here.  It's surely time for Mamedyarov to swallow his pride, apologize to Kurnosov, and lie low for a while.

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