ICGA President David Levy stated:
“By a unanimous 5-0 decision of executive members of the ICGA we find ourselves in agreement with the verdict of the Secretariat’s report. We are convinced that the evidence against Vasik Rajlich is both overwhelming in its volume and beyond reasonable question in its nature. Vasik Rajlich is guilty of plagiarizing the programs Crafty and Fruit, and has violated the ICGA’s tournament rules with respect to the World Computer Chess Championships in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The ICGA demands that Vasik Rajlich return to the ICGA… all prize money awarded for Rybka’s performances in those events.”
What is ICGA, what is their stance?
To my understanding, the ICGA allows participant programs to utilize source code from other programs – as long as this copy is properly cited to give credit to the original author. Rajlich did not credit another program and attributed Rybka’s strength solely to his unique programming. His response to these allegations has been lackluster at best, stating:
“Rybkahas does not “include game-playing code written by others”, aside from standard exceptions which wouldn’t count as ‘game-playing’.
The vague phrase “derived from game-playing code written by others” also does not in my view apply to Rybka.”
This ruling was officially published less than 2 weeks ago, so I’m sure Rajlich is putting together a team of lawyers to dispute and appeal these allegations. As to why Rajlich allegedly did it, who knows? He is obviously extremely intelligent, an International Chess Master (IM) who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am not a computer programmer and don’t entirely understand the deep technical aspects of this plagiarism, as some degree of source copying is allowed while other types of copying with respect to actual game play is not – however the ICGA’s statement ended with a line that certainly casts doubt on Rajlich’s innocence:
“During the course of the investigation and upon presentation of the Secretariat’s report Vasik Rajlich did not offer, despite repeated invitations from the ICGA to do so, any kind of defense to the allegations…”
By Chess Coach Will Stewart (USCF 2256, FIDE 2234)