Friday, 29 May 2015

Cheating and Ego Matters

     While studying hard for my final exams and having no time to throw away at all, I simply couldn't help myself expressing my deepest disgust about the situation where a few WGM's, ex World and European Champions and strong GMs amongst them, accused my colleague from the National Team- WGM Mihaela Sandu for cheating.
WGM Mihaela Sandu
     We have been colleagues and also opponents for quite a few years so far and I find this accusations very disturbing, not only for Mihaela herself, but for the chess community as well. She is a very dedicated player who loves playing and teaching chess. All the games we played against each other were very combative and fought until the last drop of blood. I have a high respect and consideration for Mihaela's chess.
     I understand that losing to a lower rated opponent can be quite frustrating, but I don't understand the need of being so paranoid and unprofessional. I find this whole situation simply outrageous and I want to point out that chess is not war and not all the means that can be used to win are ok. I used to think that professional chess players are very intelligent and highly sensible persons and as sportsmen they all demonstrate a high level of fair play. Well, I guess I couldn't be more wrong.
     I understand that we all want our rights to be respected, then why not respect the rights of others? I can understand the accusations made though I could never agree with them. I understand that with so many cheating cases around, one might get paranoid. What I don't understand is:

1. On what grounds could someone who didn't even get the chance to play against Mihaela accuse her?

2. Why the arbiter to whom the accusations were presented after the game finished didn't check Mihaela immediately in order to clarify the situation and avoid all this fuzz?

3. Why the organizers, after thoroughly having analyzed the situation and having come to the conclusion that there were no proof of any kind and the player was wrongly accused didn't take out those shameful signed letters from the walls of the playing hall? Why didn't they publicly apologize to Mihaela?

4. Why the organizers didn't give a warning to the player who clearly took advantage of this situation in order to put pressure on Mihaela before their game?


     Maybe some of you would think of this words to be somewhat harsh, but how do you think Mihaela felt with all this false accusations? How should I feel now as a professional chess player? Should I be afraid to play good chess and to win against stronger opponents? Does it mean that in 10 years I will be cataloged as an expired chess player who doesn't have the right to play strong? What is with all this nonsense?
     I am very disappointed that such kind of situations can happen nowadays and I hope that conclusions will be drawn and measures will be taken so that such unfair and abusing behavior would never happen again!

     Mihaela, all your friends and colleagues are with you, cheering for you and my admiration for your fighting spirit has only grown! Keep up the good work and I cross my fingers for you to keep offending those high egos!

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for this.

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  2. This is why cheating should incur a life-time ban.
    Our beautiful game is under attack and every exceptional performance now comes under scrutiny.
    Chess players' paranoia doesn't need any more feeding!

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  4. i fdo agree with all the things you said

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  5. I wondered if you were going to have a blog post about this.

    From everything I've heard, there are several players who owe Mihaela an apology.

    Also, good luck on your final exams.

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  6. Thank you for your pointview, I can ensure you that many chessplayers share it and respect Mrs Sandu for her great performance.
    All the best for your exams :)

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  7. As a female chess player myself, I am so happy to see you support your colleague. I only hope those who made these accusations will appologize and think twice before making such horrible, horrible assumptions. You are also right in raising the questions that you do: The organizers could have handled this so much better.

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  8. You are absolutely right. We all support Your team mate

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  9. They matter not matters ( cheating matters / ego matters ) - cheating and ego (they) matter

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  10. Fully support Mihaela Sandu as well. Let's boycott those players who signed the petition for their completely unfair attitude!

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  11. It would be great for a change if those who signed and initiated the complaint against Mihaela would have the courage to apologize.

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  12. Right: "Matters" functions as a noun so the heading is correct. Well, we have two problems: 1. Cheating (it really takes place), and 2.-Ego : you beat some opponents stronger than you, they claim you are cheating...
    The first problem must be given a solution. The second is harder: as Einstein said, there are two infinite things: the universe and the human stupidity.
    The Chess authorities MUST give a clear answer to the matter of cheating. It is up to them.And innocents cannot be accused as if we were still in the Middle Ages..
    Thank you so much.

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