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Chess Cheat Busted at Italian Match

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Italian chess player Arcangelo Ricciardi, ranked 51,366 in the world, has been busted for cheating.

In the Imperia Chess Festival in Italy Ricciardi began his first few matches by beating players ranked much higer than he.

And while this in itself wasn’t enough to draw attention, referees gave him a second look after he sat stone still with a hand under his arm for hours on end, and began blinking in a very strange way.

Jean Coqueraut, the tournament referee told La Stampa newspaper that Ricciardi’s ability to defeat such highly placed opponents were performances “that are impossible.” He was batting his eyelids in the most unnatural way. Then I understood it: He was deciphering signals in Morse code.”

When officials confronted Ricciardi he refused to open his shirt for them.

So he was told to walk through a metal detector. It showed a hidden camera hanging on a chain around Ricciardi’s neck. The camera was attached to a small box hidden beneath his armpit. The box was able to transmit video footage from the camera to an accomplice nearby with access to a chess computer.

The accomplice would then tell Ricciardi what moves to make by using Morse code.

But Riccardi denied any wrongdoing. “It’s only envy,” he said to La Stampa. “I always kenw my potential, but I was never able to express it. It’s all false. I’ve played for 30 years. It’s a genuine passion. But only now, thanks to yoga and self-training I managed to free my mind from tensions and emotions.”

In April, Russian Grand Master Gaioz Niglidze was expelled after he was found to be checking his moves with a smartphone hidden in a toilet rubbish bin.

He attracted attention when he continued to visit the same toilet cubicle for periods longer than 10 minutes at regular intervals.

New Games Bid for Entry into Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have released a list of 26 sports applying for inclusion in the prestigious event. Many are familiar sports that have been knocking on the Olympic door for some time, but others are little-known.

Men’s baseball and women’s softball have been on the fringes of Olympic inclusion for some time now. Both sports are highly popular in Japan and would surely recieve fanatical support.

Others, like wush or sumo, would definitely give the Tokyo Olympics a unique feel.

But still other  sport federations are keen for the legitimacy and profile only the Olympics can give.

Competitive sports like karate, squash, surfing, chess and various roller sports have thrown their hat in the ring.

“We have three criteria in deciding which sports will be chosen,” said Toshiro Muto, the chief executive officer of the Tokyo organising committee. “They must be popular with young people, they  must give momentum to Tokyou 2020, and they must meet IOC standards.”

A shortlist of candidates will be announced on June 22.

In August ther finalists will be able to make a final presentation in Tokyo. The organisers will then make their recommendations to the International Olympic Committee by September 30.

The IOC, in turn, will make a final decision by August 206 when it meets in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Olympic Games.

Since the ‘Olympic Agenda 2020’  (approved in December) host cities may propose  one or more additional sports for their Games.

Both the IOC and Tokyo officials are keen to include sports appealing to younger people.

Among the sports applying for inclusion are: Air Sports, American Football, Baseball/ Softball, Bowls, Bowling, Bridge. Chess, Dancesports, Floorball, Flying Disc, Karate, Korfball, Netball, Orienteering, Polo, Racquetball, Roller Sports, Sport Climbing, Squash, Sumo, Surfing, Tug of War, Underwater Hockey, Waterski and Wakeboarding, Wushu.

Chess Champion Upset by Six Year-Old

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Six year-old chess prodigy Lykke-Merlot Helliesen has stunned the chess world.

In a recent simultaneous-exhibition she upset the seven-time chess champion Simen Agdestein.

Agdestein was playing blitz games against nine girls simultaneously. No one was considered to pose him any threats. But Agdestei admits he was simply outplayed by Helliesen.

“She played splendidly,” said Agdestein. “She is much better than Carlsen (the grandchampion) was when he was six years old.

And Agdestein should know, having been Carlsen’s coach.

The game between the two ran out of time. But in the dying seconds of the game Lykke-Merlot was able to queen one of her pawns and thereby end the game in a superior position to her opponent.

What has stunned the world is that Lykke-Merlot has only been playing chess at club level for six months. Her family, however, have told reporters their daughter has shown a prodigious intellect from an early age, and she took to the game with ease.

“She is fascinated by the game,” said her mother, May-Brit Park Helliesen, to The Local media. “She is fond of playingchess and has never been pressured.”