Decision of Ethics Commission on complaint against IM Miroslav Shvarts Print
Thursday, 09 March 2006 00:00
The Ethics Commission received a complaint from the German Chess Federation against IM Miroslav Shvarts concerning a GM norm he said he received in the Kali Cup GM tournament held in Mindzentkalla Hungary in February 2004. According to the Hungarian Chess Federation investigation, the Kali cup never took place. Therefore the Ethics Commission has decided to apply sanctions against all the participants in the tournament, not just Mr. Shvarts. .

The Ethics Commission received a complaint from the German Chess Federation against IM Miroslav Shvarts concerning a GM norm he said he received in the Kali Cup GM tournament held in Mindzentkalla Hungary in February 2004.

According to the Hungarian Chess Federation investigation, the Kali cup never took place. Therefore the Ethics Commission has decided to apply sanctions against all the participants in the tournament not just Mr. Shvarts.

One-year suspension from tournament play beginning March 1, 2006:

IM Vadim Eschenko (Ukraine)
IM Timofey Galinsky (Ukraine)
GM Mato Damjanovic (Croatia)
GM Attila Czebe (Hungary)

Two and a half years suspension from tournament play beginning March 1, 2006:

IM Miroslav Shvarts

The Ethics Commission feels that Mr. Shvarts deserves a harsher penalty than the other players for the following reasons:

Mr. Shvarts was the primary beneficiary of the tournament, receiving his third and final GM norm.

Mr. Shvarts statements about his involvement in this tournament were misleading. For instance in a letter to FIDE dated August 18th 2004 Mr. Shvarts stated, “In February 2004 I achieved a GM norm at this tournament (Kali Cup) The title certificate signed by the arbiter, Mr. G. Fazekas, and by Mr. Zoltan Ambrus of the Hungarian Chess Federation.

At a special hearing held by the Ethics Commission at last year’s FIDE Congress in Dresden Mr. Shvarts stated that he now realized the Kali tournament was fraudulent, but did not realize it at the time of the event. The Commission found his testimony unconvincing.

Mr. Shvarts was president of the regional chess federation in the Federal Republic of Saxony, in Germany. In such a position, he should set a better example for the local players.

Two and a half years suspension from arbiting or organizing tournaments:

IM Lajos Istvan
IM Gyorgy Fazekas

The Commission is of the opinion that the seriousness of their offences warrants a harsher punishment for the organizer and arbiter than that imposed by the Hungarian Chess Federation.

Ethics Commission

 
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