Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesTurkish protesters launched an impromptu Chess tournament in Taksim Square.

Ed Kramer, co-founder of DragonCon, is back in a Georgia jail on child-molestation charges. According to reports, he’s been dodging trial in Georgia and Connecticut with claims of medical problems and complaints about treatment in jail. Some people are promoting a boycott of DragonCon as long as Kramer earns money from it.

A Bulgarian Chess player suspected of cheating has been banned from play for 4 months. Statistical analysis suggests he’s using a computer program to rack up wins beyond his rating. However, observation, searches of his clothing and personal effects, x-rays, and a CT-scan have all failed to reveal how he might be receiving instructions. Instead, he was suspended for answering accusations of cheating by calling his opponents “washed-up arseholes”.

An Indian Chess player was banned for life after having been found guilty by the All India Chess Federation of “various misdeeds for the past four years,” including “misbehavior with women and children during tournaments.”

The World Chess Federation has endorsed the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2013 Prohibited List and Monitoring Program, with focus on amphetamines (including Adderall and Ritalin), ephedrine, methylephedrine, and pseudoephedrine. FIDE is concerned about “psychopharmacological cognitive enhancement” and so will also be monitoring but not prohibiting caffeine and codeine.

A pair of Chinese coders previously convicted of writing and spreading viruses, were newly arrested for launching an illegal gambling website based on Chess.

After resignation of the president and five committee members, the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association can’t even figure out how to call a meeting within its constitution.

In the future, Chess players will have to complete a fitness test (either a 50 meter dash, standing broad jump, or 1,000 meter race/walk) to qualify for sports quota admissions at Delhi University. This is actually a relaxation of the requirement. They were previously asked to complete two of the tests.

A Manila businessman was shot in the back of the head with a .45 caliber pistol while playing Chess in the Capiz market.

Four men were shot dead in Seaview Gardens, Jamaica. Reports differ as to whether they were playing dominoes or cards.

Police in Saint Kitts arrested a man for killing his neighbor during a game of dominoes.

Singapore police arrested 12 people for operating an illegal Mahjong gambling den.

An up-and-coming rapper, “Lil Snupe”, was shot and killed at a dice game in New Orleans.

Dice games also sparked deadly shootings in Memphis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Baton Rouge. In Bridgeport, a confrontation over a dice game prompted one player to slash another in the face. In Saginaw though, a man claims that the person he shot and killed at a dice game was trying to rob the players with a sub-machine gun.

A man in Racine is being held on $500,000 bond, charged with a 2005 triple-homicide over a crooked dice game. The game took place at the Cash Money Bar and the man was arrested last month after being caught with a packet of false ID documents at the Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Great Lakes Maritime Center generated some controversy by kicking out game players, mostly seniors playing Bridge and Mahjong. Clearly the center management has been reading this column and knows how dangerous gamers can be.