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Sunday, July 3, 2011

French cheating case: sanctions suspended, Feller and Hauchard can play again

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Hello everyone,

Remember the French chess cheating scandal? Here is the latest via A Versailles court has suspended the French Chess Federation’s disciplinary sanctions against Sebastien Feller and Arnaud Hauchard, due to a formal defect. The two grandmasters are allowed to play official chess games again, pending a ruling in a trial court on the merits of the case.

The French cheating case seemed to have reached a ‘case closed’ status, but last Wednesday another chapter was added. The Court of Appeal in Versailles ruled that the disciplinary sanctions against Feller and Hauchard should be suspended until a trial court has ruled on the validity of the case. At the end of May, the players had decided to appeal against the decision of the court in Versailles to dismiss their emergency procedure. According to Europe-Echecs they argued that their suspension exposed them to substantial damage to their careers (and therefore created a prejudice), and that the procedure contained errors. As it turned out, they won this appeal, and regained their ‘licence to play’.

You can read more details at this link. You can also read a previous post about the incident at this link with lots of readers´views - 

French chess cheating scandal: Disciplinary Committee suspends 'guilty' players!

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  • At July 3, 2011 at 9:39 AM , Anonymous Kitty Girl, Berlin said...

    Cheating in chess is sacrilege. I hate people who try to destroy our lovely game like this. I am not referring to this case but overall the thing. Thank you Chess Queen for all you do to promote chess as a beautiful game.


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