So you thought chess was a peaceful, leisurely, intellectual game free of shadowy intrigues and cheap tactics? Well, think again. Nagu alerts us to an extraordinary tournament in Tuticorin last September in which 153 players were in the fray. Problem 1: many of the players had not set foot in the city or played in the event. Problem 2: the names of many players suspiciously began with ‘A’. Problem 3: some of the players had long retired. Faked or flawed?