Series of protests from the Kamsky Team

By Christophe Bouton and Mark Crowther

Kamsky team complains to the appeals committee.
The Kamsky team made two appeals to the committee. One on the 22nd of June and a further one on the 26th of June. Below are the two appeals committee decisions and two FIDE press releases. Christophe Bouton starts with an account of the press conference given by Rustam Kamsky on the 21st June which started this episode.


Rustam Kamsky and the computer room by Christophe Bouton

Elista, June 21st 6:30 pm

One hour after game 8 ended in a draw, Rustam Kamsky asked for a press conference. He said this press conference could not have taken place had Kirsan Iljumzhinov been in town (Kalmykia voted massively for Yeltsin last Sunday, so Iljumzhinov flew immediatly to Moscow).
The main point of this hectic press conference was a quarrel about the computer room which is nearby the rest rooms of the players and from which I send the moves live to different web sites. In this computer room, IGM Evgenyi Vassiukov and IM Vladimir Gagarin are preparing comments for the spectators.
These comments are made 3-4 times during the game. In between, they analyse the game, write down notes for the bulletin and check the references thanks to the huge database V. Gagarin is in charge of.

So, when R. Kamsky entered the computer room, he was suspicious. At this press conference he accused MM. Gagarin and Vassiukov of working for Karpov's camp. He said that Karpov broken his normal routine as he was often leaving the stage during the play. He accused the two masters of finding references on the 8th game during the play thanks to the computer.
Maybe he was afraid of some possible connection between the screen in the rest room of each player and the screen used for analysis for spectators. But there is none. The TV set in the players rest room broadcast only the situation of the game in process.

R. Kamsky complained that he had only "officially" received the regulations of the match yesterday. He added that his son and himself were not consulted about anything during the organisation of the match. He added that, to catch Karpov, 20 games may not be sufficient and in this respect he wanted the FIDE rules to be applied i.e, a match in 24 games.

As a result of his demands (with two meetings with the arbiters and the organisation committee before this press conference), the access to the press computer room has been limited with a permanent guard to enforce it.
The two chiefs of delegation or any of their representative have permanent access to this room. Phone calls regarding the game, to and from the computer room, are strictly forbidden.


Decision of appeals committee about Rustam Kamsky protest on June 22nd A copy of the translation was also given to the Kamsky Team. The Karpov Team and GM Vasiukov were given a deadline to submit their comments if any - by 16:00 hours on 23 June 1996.

The AC should reach a decision within 24 hours upon receipt of a protest in accordance to Regulation D.I.07.6.142(b). In this case this means 23:00 hours on 23 June 1996.

COMPLAINTS & COMMENTS

This is the summary of the complaints and the accompanying comments (in italics) of the Appeals Committee :

a) That there is advance analysis of the game by two strong chess players in the computer room during the playing session.

Commentator GM Vasiukov and his assistant IM Gagarin are hired by the Organizers to carry out work as commentators and to publish the bulletins. There is nothing in the Regulations prohibiting this work from being conducted in a computer room.

b) That the alledged advance analysis is carried out with the help of computer programs such as Menista and IC Genius-3. or the purpose of fulfilling their work described in 4(a) above, the help of the computer programs were used to enhance the speed of their work and to produce high quality bulletins.
Other than this complaint there has been nothing reported to indicate that the Commentator was not conducting his work in a very professional manner.

c) That there is possibility to pass information from the computer room to the players. The location of the computer room is not ideal. Due to this fact, several restrictions have already been established after extensive discussions between the involved parties.

While there is possibility of passing information due to advanced technology, that does not mean that this is being done. The complainant has not substantiated his claim with any evidence whatsoever of this being done.
Moreover there has been no reports from any other sources to support such possibility of passing information to the players. Nevertheless, for the sake of creating a peaceful atmosphere and to prevent unnecessary tension among the two teams, the AC has decided that the programs stated above shall not be used during the game.
There shall be no advance analysis by computer program during the game. For the production of the bulletins, only the chess database management systems and text processors could be used. These decisions are acceptable to Commentator GM Vasiukov and his assistant IM Gagarin.

d) That the press releases during the game should include only the moves that have been made. There are no regulations concerning the contents of the bulletins.

e) That the FIDE Regulations stipulate that all equipment, i.e. computers and commentators should be situated in the press centre. There are no regulations concerning the location of equipment, computers and commentators.
Regulations D.I.07.3.5 and D.I.07.3.6 are recommendations and minimum standards to be provided for by the Organizers and not for the limitation of other solutions and possibilities. Therefore, these rules, as they stand, do not exclude other solutions and other possible arrangement of facilities such as the press centre, live commentary room and the production of the bulletins.

Based on the above complaints and comments, the Appeals Committee has reached the following

DECISION :

The Appeals Committee decided that no computer playing program shall be used for advance analysis in the computer room during a playing session.The deposit fee shall be refunded.

MORTEN SAND Chairman Appeals Committee


Fide press release about the protest dated 24 June

Protest from the Kamsky Team on 22 June 1996 at 23:00 hours. Copies of this protest were delivered to the Karpov Team and Commentator GM Evgeny Vasiukov for their comments. The main complaint of the Kamsky Team was that during the playing session, GM Vasiukov and his assistant IM Gagarin are making advance analysis of the game with the help of computer programs such as Menista and IC Genius-3 in the computer room.
The Kamsky Team alledged that there is the possibility to pass information from the computer room to the players. The Kamsky Team felt that the press releases during the game should include only the moves that have been made.
The opinion of the Kamsky Team was that the computers and the commentators should be situated in the press centre.

The Appeals Committee took into consideration the comments of GM Vasiukov. The commentators are doing their job which is also being broadcast live on Kalmyk TV. There is no reason to doubt their professionalism.

For the sake of a peaceful atmosphere and to prevent unnecessary tension between the two teams, the Appeals Committee decided that no computer playing program shall be used for advance analysis in the computer room during a playing session.

The opinion of the Kamsky Team was that the computers and the commentators should be situated in the press centre.

STATEMENT issued by The Appeals Committee

PRESS RELEASE 26 June 1996

Pursuant to the Protest of the Kamsky Team of 22 June 1996, the Decision of the Appeals Committee on 23 June 1996 and the Press Release issued by The Appeals Committee on 24 June 1996, the Appeals Committee wish to clarify the following :

1. The Appeals Committee in its decision found it unnecessary to specifically point out the fact that Commentator GM Vasiukov and his assistant IM Gagarin are not representing the Karpov Team.

2. The Appeals Committee in its decision found it unnecessary to specifically point out the fact that World Champion Anatoly Karpov's result is purely due to his own playing merit and sporting achievement.
None of the allegations against the Commentators and the Karpov Team as implied in the Protest of the Kamsky Team were valid.

By this statement, The Appeals Committee wishes to preserve the integrity of World Champion Anatoly Karpov, the members of the Karpov Team, the Match Arbiters, the Organizing Committee and Commentators GM Vasiukov and IM Gagarin.

DECISION OF THE APPEALS COMMITTEE 26th June

This decision is related to the protest of 26 June 1996 submitted by the Kamsky Team.

1. LEGALITY

The Appeals Committee (AC) received a protest, in two parts, from the Kamsky Team (signed by Gata Kamsky and Rustam Kamsky) on 26.06.96 at 22:30 hours. This protest was done in accordance to regulation D.I.07.6.142(e) accompanied by the required deposit fee.
The AC felt it was able to handle this protest according to regulation D.I.07.6.141(f) which allows the AC to decide on all matters which it considers important.

2. PROCEDURE

The AC arranged for translation of the written protest. The AC decided to handle the first part without asking for further comments.
However, for the second part, the Kalmykian TV was asked to give a written statement.

The AC should reach a decision within 24 hours upon receipt of a protest in accordance to Regulation D.I.07.6.142(b). In this case, it means 22:30 hours on 27 June 1996.

3. COMPLAINTS & COMMENTS

This is the summary of the complaints and the accompanying comments (in italics) of the Appeals Committee :

a) That during the 11th game, the Commentators carried out advance analysis on the computer contrary to the decision of the AC in the protest of 22 June 1996.

The AC has full confidence that the Commentators are working professionally and in accordance with the previous decision of the AC. We do not believe in the allegations.

The AC noticed that Chief of Delegation Rustam Kamsky has been constantly creating disturbance in the computer room. In so doing, his interference has disrupted those people working in the computer room.
During the 11th game, again Rustam Kamsky made provocative accusations during the work of the Commentators.

The AC had, on 23 June 1996, issued a warning to Rustam Kamsky to behave himself in the computer room. Due to his continual misconduct in the computer room, The AC shall deny Rustam Kamsky access into the computer room with immediate effect.

b) That the two Commentators are working as part of the Karpov Team. The AC feels that the Kamsky Team is repeating a serious allegation which implies that the two Commentators are part of the Karpov Team.
The AC has rejected this allegation before. In the opinion of the AC, this repeated allegation is an insult to the Karpov Team and to the two Commentators.

The Kamsky Team did not substantiate its implied allegation in the previous protest as well as in this protest. The Kamsky Team has continued to make provocative statements contrary to Regulation D.I.07.1.46.
As such, the AC demands written apologies signed by both Challenger GM Gata Kamsky and Chief of Delegation Rustam Kamsky to the offended parties; that is to World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov and to the two Commentators GM Evgeny Vasiukov and IM Gagarin.
These apologies must be delivered to the FIDE Office (Room 25 at the White House) before 14:00 hours on 28 June 1996. If acceptable apologies are not received by the deadline, in accordance to Regulation D.I.07.6.144(b) the Appeals Committee will impose a fine of US$2000 on Challenger GM Gata Kamsky and US$2000 on Chief of Delegation Rustam Kamsky.
These fines shall be deductable from their prize money and stipend respectively in accordance to Regulation D.I.07.6.145.

c) Request to switch off the headphones of the TV Cameramen working near the stage.

The Chief Arbiter has noticed sound from the headphones when they were not worn by the TV cameramen. This happended only on a couple of ocassions since commencement of the 1st game to the 11th game.
However, the Arbiters have taken all necessary measures in order to prevent any disturbances by the TV crew and their equipment.

The AC wants to add that it finds it difficult to believe that Gata Kamsky could very well hear "comments, analyses and possible moves" through the headphones during a game.
The AC has asked and received the appended statement of the General Manager of the Kalmyk Teleradiocompany.

Based on the above complaints and comments, the Appeals Committee has reached the following

DECISIONS:

I. The protest is rejected and the deposit fee forfeited to FIDE.

II. Chief of Delegation Mr Rustam Kamsky is denied access into the computer room with immediate effect.

III. Both Challenger GM Gata Kamsky and Chief of Delegation Mr Rustam Kamsky shall deliver their unconditional apologies to World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov and Commentator GM Evgeny Vasiukov and Commentator IM Gagarin.
Failing to deliver these within the stipulated deadline, they shall each be fined US$2000.

MORTEN SAND Chairman Appeals Committee


Further Protests from the Kamsky team.

Here is an anecdote I witnessed on June 27th, before the resumption of the game. A precise translation of this incident was made to me by Vasily Gagarin.

R. Kamsky: " I'll arrange a slaughter here! "

Just a couple of minutes before the resumption of game 11, June 27th, Rustam Kamsky entered the computer room as usual. Vasily Gagarin was on the phone with St Petersburg TV which sometimes relay from the live reports of Kalmykia Television.
As V. Gagarin asked to R. Kamsky if he wanted to talk to the Leningrad journalist on the phone, the latter refused. And added with anger: " I do make an official statement: if you don't stop advanced analysis in this room, I'll arrange a slaughter here! ".

A few seconds later, the arbiter G. Gijssen entered the room. Both Gijssen and R. Kamsky left the room soon as the game was going to start.

To the Appeals Committee of the Match from the Chief of Kamsky's Team R. Kamsky

PROTEST

During the 11th game, GM Vasiukov and IM Gagarin were carrying out a game analysis and at the same time were making references that they are just looking through the database of the similar games.
As I can notice they are not making any work at the press-bulletin, but are looking at numerous advance moves of the game which is being played. Though it was agreed that this is forbidden to carry out the advance computer analysis.
We would be grateful if you could kindly undertake necessary measures as the insolence of the Karpov's seconds is unlimited. I can say that I see their work not at the bulletin but at the advance analysis.

June 26th, Rustam Kamsky

I, grandmaster Gata Kamsky, declare that during a game the comments can be very well heard through the headphones of the TV-cameramen alongside with the analysis and possible moves.
I would be grateful if you could kindly switch off the headphones of the TV cameramen. Also, I am insisting that no advance analysis is carried out.

June 26th, 1996

Gata Kamsky

To President FIDE and Kalmykia Kirsan N. Iliumzhinov from challenger Gata Kamsky

STATEMENT

Pursuant to the groundless and erratically taken decisions the Appeals Committee headed by Mr. Morten Sand have insulted myself and my team. We claim our distrust to them and make a request tot bring this case to a court of Kalmykia of to an international Court of Switerland after the match is finished.
We ask for re-election of the Appeals Committee. During 6 days before the first protest we have been trying to settle the organizational draws which have affected my play. Then we made two protests.
All these concerned only the issue: to make Russian grandmasters stop making analysis and look up similar games in advance analysis with the help of playing chess programs. In doing so, we have not blamed A. Karpov and our actions were very proper.
Please, undertake the measures urgently.

27.06.96 Gata Kamsky To The Appeals Committee from the Challenger for the World Chess Title Gata Kamsky and the Head of the Delegation Rustma Kamsky.

STATEMENT (27.06.96)

We completely disagree with the Appeals Committee Decision on the following:

1) We have encountered grave problems during the match organization and have been asking for 10 (ten) days to eliminate these drawbacks. We have not blamed Karpov as we were speaking that during the game Russian grandmasters Vasiukov and Gagarin were making use of Database program and the computer with chess playing programs (Chess Genius-3).
They are analyzing and collecting on the machine on the base during the game making advance analysis. We disagree with this and are insisting on terminating this outrage.

2) When the chief of the delegation was present in the computer during the 11th game, he had a talk about the claims with the FIDE representative Mr. Morten Sand and he did not affect the work of the commentators.
The investigation took place during a break in the comments and the bulletin was not being published. We feel that Mr. Morten Sand is not honest to his duties and you are not in a position to deny the access to the computer room to the Chief of the delegation Mr. R. G. Kamsky.

3) I make a request to make President of FIDE and Kalmykia Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov an arbiter in our dispute.

4) We are very surprised and filled with indignation by the Appeals Committee response and by the fact that the decision was taken without the presence of the Chief of the Kamsky team.
Also Mr Sand has immediately left for Moscow without waiting for our answer. This is an unlawful action.

5) I will be grateful to have an immediate response for our protest especially as in you document it is said precisely that the Chief Arbiter had heard the noises coming from the headset of the TV-cameramen and this proves that Gata Kamsky does not make any provocative actions and does not tell lies.
Also, concerning the first protest dated June 22nd, 1996 the Appeals Committee came to adecision that the playing programs and the computers shall not be used for the advance analysis of the Championship's games.
Mr. Morten Sand, the Chairman of the Appeals Committee has seen himself that Vasiukov and Gagarin had used the computer for these purposes so I make a request to remit the insulting accusations in provocations and lies.

Challenger Gata Kamsky Chief of Delegation Rustam G. Kamsky.