Investigation into Marcin Zalewski's 3bld solves

WDC (2015-01-16 00:41:35 +0000)
Dear Community, The WDC have spent a significant amount of time investigating this high-profile case, and this is a sad day for our community. Marcin Zalewski (2011ZALE02) has admitted that recently he sometimes knew the colour of the centre piece on top, before he took the cube cover off. Krzysztof Kuncki (2010KUNC01), who has been a Polish Delegate since 2013, admits that he broke the regulations by telling Marcin the colour of the top centre piece. We also find suspicious behaviour in videos of Marcin's solves over the last few years, such as preferential orientation occurring a very unlikely number of times, or the first few seconds of solves being cut off. We would like to point out that although knowing the colour of the top centre piece may not seem like much, but at world-class level the time advantage is significant. Unfortunately despite the serious warnings given in the investigation of Marcin Kowalczyk's solves in November 2013, Marcin Zalewski and Krzysztof have shown that they haven't learnt their lesson. The below action has been taken on solves from the date of that post onwards. Aside from the basic facts, their experience, past character, responsibilities and responses have also been taken into account. With support from the WCA Board, the following action will be taken: - Marcin Zalewski's 3bld solves to be changed to DNF from Cuber's Eve 2013 until SLS Chorzow 2014 (inclusive) - Krzyzstof Kuncki's delegate status to be permanently removed - Marcin Zalewski to be banned from WCA competitions until end of June 2016 - Krzysztof Kuncki to be banned from WCA competitions until end of June 2016 As an aside, the DNFs will include a WR 23.68 solve at SLS Chornow 2014. This beat his old WR record of 23.80. These times have now been superseded. Nobody will gain any records retroactively due to this DNF. We have not included all the details of the investigation in this public post, as this is not deemed necessary. Please be assured that all aspects of this case have been investigated thoroughly. This case has been upsetting to all those involved, and we sincerely thank all those who contributed. We hope that this incident can serve as a lesson to many people and help us to move forward to even fairer and more fun competitions in the future. Regards, WCA Disciplinary Committee
gagou9 (2015-01-16 09:12:38 +0000)
cheating still exists even in high level...... shame.
TMOY (2015-01-16 10:44:59 +0000)
Cheating is much more visible and problematic at high level. When someone who averages 5 minutes at 3BLD cheats that way and gets 4:55 instead of 5:00, nobody cares about it.
JasonDL13 (2015-01-17 18:22:17 +0000)
We're disappointed, Zalewski. One thing I noticed is that there is no video of his 23.80 with him reorienting the puzzle, possibly protecting him getting preferred orientation? Will this be looked into? Why is his 3x3BLD results DNF'd if the competition delegate is not Krzysztof Kuncki? (Just one that I found: Rumia Open 2014, it is clear that he didn't DNF by mistake because he made it to the final round)
Ranzha (2015-01-18 00:44:42 +0000)
[quote="JasonDL13":3hfsi4z7]Why is his 3x3BLD results DNF'd if the competition delegate is not Krzysztof Kuncki? (Just one that I found: Rumia Open 2014, it is clear that he didn't DNF by mistake because he made it to the final round)[/quote:3hfsi4z7] Perhaps Zalew knew the colour of the top centre before the cube cover was removed at competitions where Kuncki was not the delegate.
JasonDL13 (2015-01-18 03:54:09 +0000)
[quote="Ranzha":2rein5hv]Perhaps Zalew knew the colour of the top centre before the cube cover was removed at competitions where Kuncki was not the delegate.[/quote:2rein5hv] That's what I thought, so why isn't the 23.80 DNF'd? Like I said: There's no video of him re-orienting the puzzle.
RossTheBoss (2015-02-17 23:14:00 +0000)
[quote="JasonDL13":carvfrty][quote="Ranzha":carvfrty]Perhaps Zalew knew the colour of the top centre before the cube cover was removed at competitions where Kuncki was not the delegate.[/quote:carvfrty] That's what I thought, so why isn't the 23.80 DNF'd? Like I said: There's no video of him re-orienting the puzzle.[/quote:carvfrty] even if somebody is guilty of similar wrongdoings, he should be considered innocent until proven guilty. well, it is so in my part of the world.
JasonDL13 (2015-02-22 04:07:33 +0000)
[quote="RossTheBoss":2ezyj3qj][quote="JasonDL13":2ezyj3qj][quote="Ranzha":2ezyj3qj]Perhaps Zalew knew the colour of the top centre before the cube cover was removed at competitions where Kuncki was not the delegate.[/quote:2ezyj3qj] That's what I thought, so why isn't the 23.80 DNF'd? Like I said: There's no video of him re-orienting the puzzle.[/quote:2ezyj3qj] even if somebody is guilty of similar wrongdoings, he should be considered innocent until proven guilty. well, it is so in my part of the world.[/quote:2ezyj3qj] Some other people and I talked this over at the SpeedSolving.com forum. The reason why it's not DNF'd is because it happened before the Maskow issue (Before re-orientation was enforced stricly).
WDC (2015-02-23 18:40:02 +0000)
There are a number of reasons behind the decision to leave results prior to December 2013, most of which have been either mentioned in the original post, or speculated on by others. Please be assured that the WDC did consider everything carefully.