Indian Player Jeel Shah caught cheating in Dubai Open!

4/5/2017 – In an unfortunate event that occurred a few minutes back at the Dubai Open 2017, Surat-based Indian player Jeel Shah, rated 1764, was suspended from the tournament for cheating during the game. Find out what happened.

Indian Player Jeel Shah caught cheating in Dubai Open!

In an unfortunate event that occurred a few minutes back at the Dubai Open 2017, Surat-based Indian player Jeel Shah, rated 1764, was suspended from the tournament for cheating during the game.

The incident came to light when Jeel was playing another Indian player Dushyant Sharma of Delhi, rated 2013, at the 2017 Dubai Open. Both the players had scored 0/2 in the first two rounds. In the third round, just out of the opening, the arbiter noticed suspicious behavior by Jeel which led him to investigate the matter further.

Jeel Shah's opponent for the game, 14-year-old Indian talent Dushyant Sharma, spoke to ChessBase India and explained what transpired: "Nine moves into the game, we had used up about 25 minutes on the clock, the arbiter arrived at our table and asked Mr. Jeel Shah if he is carrying any mobile phone. Mr. Jeel said he did not have any phone with him. After two minutes, the arbiter came again and asked him to stand up so the officials can check his arm. Jeel Shah refused to comply. Jeel further said,"I am getting disturbed and I will meet you after the game." The arbiters were not convinced and asked him to come with them for a body checkup. They were gone for a while and after some minutes, the arbiter returned to my table to tell me that I had won the game."

When asked by the arbiter to allow for a checkup, Jeel refused which resulted in a thorough check up where he was found to be cheating.

He was immediately suspended from the game and the tournament.

21-year-old Jeel Shah receiving a prize in an under 1600 tournament in India. [Photo: King's Chess Academy]

Jeel Shah in Dubai [Photo from Jeel's Facebook]

But this is not the first time Jeel Shah has come under the radar for cheating. You can read about the previous instances in the ChessBase India report here.

New Update! Read the ChessBase India special report with comments by IM Arghyadip Das who played the cheater in the Hyderabad tournament, and also other players' comments from previous experiences with Jeel Shah here.

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Ohanessian Ohanessian 4/6/2017 01:32
You don´t wanna let the arbiter check you? Call a police officer. This has to stop and put tough punishment like forbid to play forever.
benedictralph benedictralph 4/6/2017 03:36
Good job, ChessBase. Expose these cheaters.
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 4/6/2017 03:52
It seems premature to publish his name and picture as many details are lacking. Certainly chessbase cannot ascertain at this point that he did cheat, and his reputation is at stake. What was the suspicious behavior that led the organizers to search him? What was found on the phone, was there a chess program loaded with the current position? Perhaps he forgot his phone was on him. He may be disqualified for having it, but it is not tantamount to cheating.
RonaldRump RonaldRump 4/6/2017 04:27
<fgkdjlkag> He forgot that there was a phone on his arm!? Why would you refuse the arbiter to inspect your arms?

The arbiters did take him inside and conducted a proper search and obviously found a phone or some device, which he either refused to switch on, and if he did switch on, then they must have found a chess program with the game position.

It has to be one of these reasons why they disqualified him - him not co-operating, or them finding incriminating evidence.
moonsorrow55 moonsorrow55 4/6/2017 05:07
Caught cheating after starting 0/2. That's even more pathetic than usual.
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