I think this is a shame!
I think chess.com s evidence is not very convincing!!
I d ont like the behaviour of So. If he wins from stronger players this is normal if he lost they cheat. He told similiar story s about other Armemian players....i agree with the opinion of Nakamura that So d ont plays very well in this tournament
I find it hard to be a fan of American teams since they are always primarily made up of players that migrated from other countries. In this case Cuba, Philippines, Italy and jeffrey Xiong looks Asian to me.
Has there ever been an American team comprised mostly of players that were born there? Also the majority of home grown americans that I have come across always seem to be arrogant and full of bravado, but maybe that's just my experience.
Thank's Peter, I was going by Fabiano's first middle and surname and the fact that he represented Italy at Chess Olympiads until recently, while with Xiong, I made an assumption which I should not have done.
Things are not looking good for Tigran. Here is an update:
Some background context:
Yes, this is true Papa Tactics,When I said that I was not a big fan of the Mighty american team (Saint Louis Archbishops), I meant a team bought with the Saint Louis Club money, they are all members of the Olympic team I believe. I always cheer for the underdog and clearly Saint Louis with all the resources they have were the favorites.
That said the controversy of changing federations has always been there, and will always be, at the end it is always the player that has to make the most of it and pick up any chance they have to grow as a players and personally. There is no better place to do that now than Saint Louis if you are one of these elite players maybe... What do you think?
Also I found this really interesting video from Chess.com about cheating that was published in April...
latest Developments: Armenian Eagles respond
Looks like the ball is now firmly back in chess.com's court to justify their decision. This controversy could have serious repercussions for online tournament chess.
Postscript: Some more context, I missed this one before.
Daily Chess Highlights: ARMENIA EAGLES ARE THE CHAMPS!
From what Chess.com vice president Danny Rensch said, Chess.com usually don't ban players unless they have enough evidence to be willing to go to court. It's sad for Petrosian, but it looks like there's more than 99% probability that he did cheat.
Having said that, Chess.com HAS been wrong in the past, although I would presume not often.
I hope this is settled well, maybe at court.
Regardless of whether he did cheat or not (seems somewhat likely he may have). This response is not something you would expect from a professional to be honest.
If he did cheat then its a shame for his team mates that they also forfeit as well.
Chessbase has now picked up the story: