Sebastien Feller, a 19-year-old French grandmaster who has been accused of cheating during the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, last year, by his own federation has evidently released a statement denying the charges. The statement was sent to Alexandra Kosteniuk, the former women’s world champion, who posted it on her blog.

The total statement, translated from French into English, reads:

I completely deny the accusations of cheating by the French Chess Federation.

This disciplinary procedure is in fact related to the fact that during the Olympics I supported the current president of FIDE in opposition to the leadership of the French Federation.

The president of FIDE is in fact defamed on the blog of Jean-Claude Moingt, who claims that he received fictitious proxies.

In addition, I have reported in private conversations, which were repeated, that there are accounting irregularities of the French Federation (details will be given later), which have angered the president.

I asked my lawyer, Charles Morel, to initiate legal action for damages against the French Federation for having unjustifiably mentioned my name in a statement included on all French and foreign sites, as well as in the international press.

Jean-Claude Moingt is the president of the French Federation. FIDE is the World Chess Federation and its president is Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The proxies referred to in the statement were ones used by some people used to cast votes during the election for the presidency of FIDE, which took place at the end of the Olympiad. Ilyumzhinov was re-elected for a four-year term.