How to cheat at chess

How to cheat at chess

Garykasporov1
Garykasporov1
Mar 14, 2018, 3:47 PM |
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Learn how to cheat at chess. Cheating in chess is widely deemed to be the greatest threat to the future of chess. Many amateurs and even many professionals regularly state that cheating is rampant. Accusations pervade every level of chess from the lowest levels of online chess to the world championship where in 2006 Topalov rendered baseless accusations against Kramnik in "Toiletgate". Other baseless accusations have included those by Mamedyarov against Kurnosov regarding the below fine game played at the Aeroflot Open in 2009 and the recent ridiculous accusations against WGM Sandu in the 2015 European Women's Championship.

Unfortunately, there have also been plenty of recent cases that carried more weight. These include the cases of GM Sebastian Feller, GM Gaioz Nigalidze, and FM Christoph Nastsidis.

Although there is no doubt that cheating does occur, and that it is an important issue. I think the incidence of cheating is greatly exaggerated. When one considers how many millions of chess games have been played, the number of proven and even accused cases of cheating is marginal. In fact, I would argue that there is a greater danger to chess in the perception of cheating than in the actual act. I know multiple players who have irrationally avoided playing competitive chess because they fear playing cheaters. Personally, in hundreds of tournament games, I have never once felt the least suspcicion that my opponent was cheating.

When I was ~17, I upset a 2200 player on the old USCF server. (Sidebar - Does anyone else remember that?!) I was about 1700 at the time. He sacrificed his bishop on h7, and I took the piece and managed to hold the position. I was very proud of my defense, but the entire experience was tainted by his ensuing profane accusations of cheating. That incident troubled me far more than any actual incidents of online cheating of which I have been victim.

That said, it's both amusing and valuable to discuss ways that cheaters cheat. It's only possible to prevent cheating by understanding it and instituting measures that target actual means of cheating. I fear there is every possibility of chess security resembling the TSA - more about the "theater of security" than actual security.