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Site Playing Rules: A Guide for the Perplexed

  • artfizz
  • | Feb 14, 2009
  • | 5966 views
  • | 5 comments

Resource

What is it?

Is it permitted DURING Turn-Based (and Vote Chess) play?

Is it permitted DURING LiveChess play?

Asking another person for advice

Includes discussing a game-in-progress in the chess.com Forums

NO* (except during VoteChess - when discussion WITHIN the team is expected)

NO

Books

This is a static resource and involves no calculation of best move.

YES

NO

Chess Engine (chess computer) the move calculator inside such programs as Fritz, ChessMaster

Software (or free-standing gadget) that calculates the best move from a given position

NO (except by agreement of both players, where specifically arranged and must be UNRATED games e.g. in a tournament created for that purpose)

NO

Conditional Moves (Pre-Moves)

Setting your response in advance to one or more of your opponent’s moves

YES

YES

Internet articles; Google searches

This is a static resource and involves no calculation of best move.

YES

NO

Openings Database e.g. Game Explorer

A database (or collection) of previous games, that is searchable. It covers Opening Lines only i.e. the initial few moves.

YES

NO

Separate board for analysis e.g. chess.com’s Analysis Board

 

YES

NO

TableBases (Endings Database)

The results from an analysis of end games (stored in a database) in which the sequence of moves to achieve the best outcome has been calculated

NO

NO

http://support.chess.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=17&nav=0,6

ARTREF: WHAT IS ALLOWED

http://www.chess.com/forum/view/tournaments/games-explorer

http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/what-are-chess-engines

Comments


  • 16 months ago

    brigatine-66

    I think cheating is wrong. if we all love to play chess. Y desrespect the game that has been here for thosend of years? computer wise I do not know how it can be done. even if I knew all there is to work the computer I would not do it you just cheat your self. but yes I do not like when people. take a brake during live chess or stop playing during  the middle of the game in live chess. sit and wait for them to move. and they do not and you wast your time. and win on time G thanks. where did the respect for chess go. thats Y I do not play live that much any more. I reather play my computer game i have Mayrura chess. at least I know it will not cheat. now I am on secound leval and its on 1200 leval and no. can not win it but I am close:) and I think one time I had to leave the game in live I tolled my friend I was playing and resined the game.

  • 16 months ago

    Commander_Riker

    There is one point that has been made very clear by staff. Any exterior DB that also has results based on engine use is not allowed. There used to be a list floating around the site that listed all the DBs that were not approved for use in any on going games personal or vote chess. Explorer is the safest DB to use.

  • 5 years ago

    artfizz

    UPDATED/CORRECTED VERSION OF THE RULES ...

    Resource

    What is it?

    Is it permitted DURING Turn-Based (and Vote Chess) play?

    Is it permitted DURING LiveChess play?

    Asking another person for advice

    Includes discussing a game-in-progress in the chess.com Forums

    NO* (except during VoteChess - when discussion WITHIN the team is expected)

    NO

    Books

    This is a static resource and involves no calculation of best move.

    YES

    NO

    Chess Engine (chess computer) the move evaluator within e.g. FritzChessMaster, etc.

    Software (or free-standing gadget) that calculates the best move from a given position

    NO (except by agreement of both players, where specifically arranged and must be UNRATED games e.g. in a tournament created for that purpose)

    NO

    Conditional Moves (Pre-Moves)

    Setting your response in advance to one or more of your opponent’s moves

    YES

    YES

    Internet articles; Google searches

    This is a static resource and involves no calculation of best move.

    YES

    NO

    Games Database e.g. chess.com’s Game Explorer

    A database (or collection) of previous games, that is searchable. It is most useful as an Opening Database. (For Vote Chess games, the Explore button takes you directly into Game Explorer at that position. For turn-based games, the click the Analyse button followed by Explore).

    YES* (There is some debate about whether DBs containing engine-engine games are permitted).

    NO

    Separate board for analysis e.g. chess.com’s Analysis Board 

     

    YES

    NO

    TableBases

    (Endings Database)

    The results from an analysis of end games (stored in a database) in which the sequence of moves to achieve the best outcome has  been calculated

    NO

     NO

  • 5 years ago

    JollyPlayer

    And if you played in a live tournament, you would be KILLED.  Eventually you would be known as a cheater (980 Chess might bring that out) and no one would play you.  

    I get suspicious when someone wants a timeout, vacation or has been playing for an hour and you are down to the end game and they logoff for the day.

    I joined the USCF so I could play tournaments and other players (there are clubs around here).  If all my practice on Chess.com I depended on a computer, I would get killed in a real tourney.  

    But as in everything in life, some people would rather have a 2000 rating than learn how to play chess.  Go figure.Yell

  • 6 years ago

    Christofoulos

    I had no idea that all of those resources could potentially be used by 'cheater'

    Wouldnt it ruin the whole point of playing chess in the first place? I dont see how people can get enjoyment from beating people using an engine... what a waste of time just so you can have a high rating. Pretty pathetic actually.

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