A UK newspaper The Independant. Friday 25th March 2011
covered the the alleged cheating at chess episode with the banner:
"White Knight Catches French Grandmasters Cheating by Text.
Here is the abridged version.
In France Mr. Marzolo followed the live games and fed them into a chess computer.
The moves were then sent by text (using the code given in another thread) to Mr. Hauchard.
He transmitted the moves to the player playing the game thus:
The player (Mr.Feller) would follow Hauchard and see at what boards he stopped at.
The boards were given pre-arranged codes by Hauchard & Feller a-h and 1-8.
If Hauchard stopped at board b3 then moved and stopped to look at board c4
then you have b3-c4.
The Sting in Operation.
The Independant then adds:
Mr Marzolo (the guy in France putting the live games through a computer)
did not have a mobile phone of his own due to him being barred by all
other mobile companies for 'financial reasons.'
(The Master Plan, it's brilliant. They do a scam involving
a mobile phone and the principle character is barred from having one.)
So he borrowed a mobile from Joanna Pomian who just happens to be the
current Vice President of the French Chess Federation.
He gave it back to her without wiping the messages.
She accidently discovered a text. "Hurry up and send the moves."
(You could not make this up, it's hilarious).
She checked and discovered 180 coded text messages to Hauchard
An appeal is pending.