When you are using an engine, it's probably a bad idea to call attention to your games

Aug 11, 2015, 12:17 AM |

A member who uses the screen name "neeraj_88" posted this a few days ago:

"Neeraj_8" account is closed. Staff member please can you tell me the reason. When i send a support ticket, it says that I will get respose in 24 hours but I never get response of any of the support tickets before 4 to 5 days.

Upon inspection, the neeraj_8 account was closed with a cheater badge: http://www.chess.com/home/game_archive?member=neeraj_8

I spot checked a few of neeraj_8's games over 20 moves - and guess what?   Not a single inaccuracy, mistake, or blunder!  And ridiculously low average centipawn losses.

You know, that sort of thing piques my interest.  So I checked neeraj_88's games.  I'll let the readers come to their own decision.

http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=116103342  neeraj_88: 1 inaccuracies, 0 mistakes, 0 blunders, 9 average centipawn loss  wb313: 4 inaccuracies, 2 mistakes, 1 blunder, 71 average centipawn loss

http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=116125078  michaeldale: 2 inaccuracies, 1 mistakes, 1 blunder, 61 average centipawn loss  neeraj_88: 0 inaccuracies, 0 mistakes, 0 blunders, 1 average centipawn loss

http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=116213694  stefvarna67: 1 inaccuracies, 2 mistakes, 2 blunders, 61 average centipwn loss  neeraj_88: 0 inaccuracies, 0 mistakes, 0 blunders, 3 average centipawn loss

http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=116189110  neeraj_88: 0 inaccuracies, 0 mistakes, 0 blunders, 8 average centipawn loss  michaeldale: 1 inaccuracies, 1 mistakes, 1 blunders, 67 average centipawn loss

http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=116216722  neeraj_88: 0 inaccuracies, 0 mistakes, 0 blunders, 6 average centipawn loss  stefvarna67: 2 inaccuracies, 0 mistakes, 2 blunders, 50 average centipwn loss

http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=116179610  neeraj_88: 0 inaccuracies, 0 mistakes, 0 blunders, 10 average centipawn loss  donbiggen: 3 inaccuracies, 6 mistakes, 0 blunders, 46 average centipwn loss

Now, this was not a random sample of neeraj_88's completed games.  This was every (non-960) game he has finished since his neeraj_8 cheater account was closed.

It would be wrong of me to accuse him of continued engine use, in public.  No naming and shaming, you know.  I am just highlighting some astoundingly perfect play by a returned engine cheater.

What do you think?

UPDATE 1.0  The neeraj_88 account is closed and the new (11 August) neeraj_25 account has opened. http://www.chess.com/members/view/neeraj_25