How To Tell If You Opponent Is Not Cheating

How To Tell If You Opponent Is Not Cheating

Jul 4, 2013, 2:54 PM |


This week's position comes from:

SpottedDowel vs trichardson (Online Game Viewer: )

White to move.


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I have added a couple new photos to website:  Ken vs Brian  Richard vs Katie

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There is a new link to all the Colorado affiliates on the home page.  Click on United States Chess Federation.

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1. Game Of The Week: How To Tell If Your Opponent Is Not Cheating
2. This Week In Chess:  Speed Results
3. Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 3rd Quarter standings
4. Video: Colorado Springs Chess Club Overture (

2013 Calendar Of Events for the Colorado Springs Chess Club:

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Game Of The Week
To get the chess players in the right frame of mind to play top chess, the Colorado Springs Chess Club has added classical music as an overture to the evening's event.


This week's game comes from a newcomer to the Colorado Springs Chess Club, Tom Richardson.  He started playing again in April after an 11 year break from tournament chess.  So far, he has gone 0-8 in USCF-rated games, but he prefers the slower games and getting used to the clock isn't easy.

However, he does much better in the correspondence games online.  His rating is about 500 points higher when he doesn't have to use the clock. 

The only time I have played correspondence chess was an email match with my Dad.  I figured it was a different type of skill set that I didn't have.  It seemed liked the correspondence games favored the "researcher."  Someone who could take his time looking up each position to play precise openings would have a huge advantage.

I also thought that once someone had an advantage, they could use a decent computer to finish the game.  Therefore, a comeback would be eliminated.  You have no clock to save you and blunders are out of the question.

I was wrong.  Not everyone uses those aides.

Tom sent me a game where he makes one of the biggest comebacks in chess I have ever witnessed.  Here is a position from the game.  It is White to move...

How To Tell If Your Opponent Is Not Cheating
[Event "Chess World Correspondence Game"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2013.05.20"]
[Round "?"]
[White "SpottedDowel"]
[Black "trichardson"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1631"]
[BlackElo "1658"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[TimeControl "0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 e6 4. O-O a6 5. d4 d5 6. exd5 exd5 7. Re1+ Be7 8.
Bf1 c4 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. Ng5 O-O 11. h3 h6 12. Nf3 Kh7 13. Ne5 g5 14. b3 Nd7 15.
bxc4 Ndxe5 16. dxe5 f6 17. cxd5 Nxe5 18. f4 Bc5+ 19. Kh1 Ba7 20. fxe5 b5 21.
Bd3+ f5 22. g4 Qc7 23. Bb2 Bb7 24. gxf5 Qd7 25. f6+ Kh8 26. Qh5 Rf7 27. Qxh6+
Kg8 28. Qxg5+ Kf8 29. e6 Bxd5+ 30. Nxd5 Qc8 31. exf7 Qxh3# {White king mated}
Peace be with you,
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