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strcpy
strcpy
Jan 2, 2013, 7:18 AM |
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For the last few weeks there has been a sudden surge in provisional players joining tournaments and beating everyone. Well, beating everyone by cheating. Due to this my ELO has gone from a nice average 1800 to a mid 1600.

 

When a player is dominating a tournament, I will go through his game history and run them through infinite analysis in fritz or shredder, watch the top 3 moves for the move they are about to make. If it seems consistent, I report them. And chess.com moderators always have a nice quick turn-around and boot them. It's never been more than 24 hours between a report and a suspension

A few things I've noticed that is a dead giveaway of an engine:

  • Crazy knight movement
  • King movement early in the game
  • A delay when the king is in check and has only 1 move.
  • A delay when there is a forced trade
  • High standard rating, low <= 5 minute blitz

Anyway, thank your local admin.