Chess: The Game of Cheats?

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   Over the last few years, cheating in the chess world has grown exponentially. Like some monstrous “lifeform,” no one seems to know how to stop it. Can they? Will they?


   It came to the forefront during the 2010 Chess Olympiad when 3 french players were accused of cheating. For those who don’t know what resulted from that cheating scandal, this summary will fill you in.


   But the French are not the only ones with this problem. Since the 2010 scandal, cheating in chess has been popping up, in interviews, faster than Yankee Stadium popcorn. Articles have been written about cheating in Croatia, Italy, and even the famed Bundesliga was ripped by scandal. In the Dubai Open, won by Wesley So back in 2008, a player from Iran was accused of cheating when SMS messages were sent to his phone! And most people know about Kramnik’s Toiletgate incident. There was also political backlash from that one.


   Considering this alarming trend, what should be done?  Should security scanners be set up at all competitive chess matches to reveal the players’ cell phones, tablets and other gizmos in order to confiscate them? Should tournament rules state that no electronics of any kind are permitted in playing halls, with “forfeit” as a penalty? What can kill such a menacing “virus” that continues to spread throughout this classic game?


   Some effort needs to take shape; steps need to be set in motion—and soon! There are very big tournaments coming up this year and I’m sure none of us wants to see the integrity of the competitions besmirched by cheaters. Unfortunately, to these few, winning or gaining a few more Elo rating points are more important than ethics and the game will suffer for it, just as in any other sport.


   It’s no different here on, which is why they have a program to detect cheaters. You may agree, it’s more noticeable than ever. has done well in “removing” many of them, but it’s safe to presume there are more out there. What’s unfortunate is, if a good player on the site plays higher than his rating in a game, that player can get trolled by an opponent for cheating, ultimately having check the accused member’s playing. Individuals often come out clean, but others don’t.


   Do these unscrupulous people believe cheating isn’t wrong? Do they not care if they’re booted from the site? Probably not, figuring they’ll go somewhere else and do it again for as long as they get away with it. It puts a real damper on playing LIVE or turn-based chess, simply because you never know who is doing what on the other end. You must hope your opponents are trustworthy. takes the issue of cheating very seriously, so we know we’re in good hands. And on the “Master” front, until FIDE or other national organizations put a stop to cheating in chess, I guess I’ll continue to have plenty of fodder for my blogs, if nothing else.


   Thanks for reading everyone and, please, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the “cheating” pandemic! Just please keep your comments nice and respectful. Have a good night. Smile




  • 4 years ago


    No electronic devises should be allowed. Cheaters and thieves suck period. They're losers and that that.

  • 4 years ago


    Good topic indeed. There was a standard tournament around 2011-2012 (i forgot the specific date) where Kramnik went to the CR few times and yet his time is less than 10 minutes to his clock (considering its a long game). I was suspicious about it but just let go, but when i read your blog that he was involved in a cheating scandal 2006 ago (same going to the CR), then, i would say my suspicion is about 60% confirmed.

  • 4 years ago


    I see this as "blog" material. It's not long enough to be an article, really. I also think it's an important subject. Personally, I've never understood cheating. I can't imagine winning being satisfying if it's not legit.

  • 4 years ago


       I'm merely commenting on and writing about the cheating scandals from the recent years. I'm not hurting anything or anyone. It's more of a blog about international competitive chess cheating and this site's fight to eliminate it. Things like this can't be pushed under the rug, which is why it's gotten so bad in OTB professional chess. It's needs to be discussed so we can determine how to stop it.


  • 4 years ago


    Nice, but does this belong in a blog?

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