Kuala Lumpur chess: Cheating does not pay

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Grandmaster Darwin Laylo and International Master Haridas Pascua downed their respective foes to claim a share of the lead after five rounds even as a Malaysian participant was disqualified for cheating in the 46th Selangor Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sunday.

Laylo, seeded second with a 2425 rating, dumped FIDE Master Pitra Anduka of Indonesia while Pascua trounced countryman Ian Udani to hike their total to 4.5 points and set up a sixth and penultimate round showdown.

Malaysia’s Muhd Syukur Razali was caught using a chess engine on his cellular phone while playing Udani in the fourth round and was slapped forfeiture of all his games and will possibly receive a two-year ban.

Razali, who has a low rating of 1792, will be booted out of the tournament.

“It’s unfair because I lost rating points and half a point because of his cheating,” Laylo told The STAR. “But I’m still happy he was caught and I drew with the strong engine he used against me.”



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