|His name was Dirk Van Appeldorn.|
|fake-Carola's fake photo (user: CaroWerlknack)|
Now little intermezzo about general naivety on chess.com. People tend to be gullible a lot. They trust others without checking, cheaters are often regarded as great players, fake women are loved and real good honest players are rare and quite ignored. The community was long time led either by complete useful idiots (kokino, mkaalam, king_arif, chess_kebabs) or even by cheaters themselves (Stefan1Zamfir). The situation however is not getting any better now: although the above ceased their disservices, new ignorant activists have appeared, e.g. BillyBantine, who decided to run "championships" without any entry barrier against cheaters and accepting anonymous players, "surprisingly" his recent so-called "World Championship" got spoiled by cheating a lot. Nothing can enrage me more than idiot cheater with ambitions to participate as leader of online chess community - this is just unacceptable for me.
Back to our topic: Exactly this I noticed here. The monster created two groups - GLOBETROTTERS & EXPATS and Team SURINAME international - recruited members and pretended criticism of avoiding team matches by other teams in forums. And here (s)he was spotted by me, the furious dangerous Polar_Bear.
I recommended "her" being trustworthy - use real name and biography, but immediately after this his ("her") reactions were suspicious, so I became nosey and studied "her" profile in detail. I found the female photos there were just gathered mostly from around the web. Soon the original old account was found and T3-method revealed the real source of "her" chess moves. When our cheater renamed his old account to avoid connections, things became crystal clear. Report ticket followed, however it took some time, but after re-submitting it by kohai our story ended. Both accounts were closed for cheating.
I should mention there is still one account I suspect to be his sockpuppet and backup: GreatestPuemmi. He didn't intend to cheat with this account and I can't prove connection, but go figure: Weird attempt in forums says it all.
It came out our mysterious Dirk had to leave Europe for Uruguay - not because he loves to travel and photograph, but rather because he had been involved in quackery. No surprise for me here. Operating under name Dirk Budka and using greatly exaggerated and self-styled qualification credentials he ran advisory centre in The Hale Clinic of London. Alternative medicine is legal in the UK until proven fraud. The Hale Clinic focuses on holistic healthcare, bioresonance and other various dubious methods outside of evidence-based medicine. Budka-/-Appeldorn focused himself on allergy, metabolism and nutrition, but he had to drop it and go into hiding at some point in the past when he was revealed as quacksalver and fraud. I know no details, but his scheme allegedly included trousering patient's money for fake blood tests he had never done.