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Chess fans think the big scandal is causing more cheating online

Chess fans think the big scandal is causing more cheating online

Magnus Carlsen plays chess.

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Remember the anal pill cheat controversy? As much as I’d like to forget, it turns out a lot of people still think about it. Some chess players have reported an increase in computer-assisted cheating Games since the outbreak of the Hans Niemann story. One player dubbed the recent increase in cheaters the “Hans Effect.”

Two weeks ago, there was a file high level controversy that shook the chess world. World Champion Magnus Carlsen unexpectedly lost to Grandmaster Hans Niemann, and Carlsen eventually withdrew from the tournament. Both his sudden exit and the difference in level were so drastic that viewers began accusing Neiman of cheating. Chess player Hikaru “GMHikaru” Nakamura noted that Neiman previously admitted cheating on when he was a youngster, hence the current controversy.

Since the competitors are playing live, it is difficult to determine a possible cheat method (one strange theory Includes anal beads). But you don’t need any… ah… special equipment to cheat in online chess matches, and Players who participate in online matchmaking are increasingly convinced that more and more people are cheating.

If you are looking for an interest in “how to cheat chess” google trendsIn the weeks after the famous chess match, you’ll notice a noticeable rise in interest, with the number of searches doubling during the month compared to the rest of the year. Obviously, whatever is actually happening during matches, the topic is on people’s minds.

Graph showing an upward trend of searches.

screenshot: Google / Kotaku

This is somewhat consequential to users because they can lose more points to lose matches against a lower ranked player (in one case, Redeemed points For a player who lost in a suspicious match). Kotaku Arrived to To ask if there has been a noticeable increase in cheating, and what measures screens are taking to ensure fair games.

Dr.. Kenneth Reagan

How do chess players find out that someone is cheating? Several players posted on Reddit saying that their opponent suddenly improved dramatically in the middle of the match.

Happy Quay_Z“I’ve been playing a lot of games lately at Blitz online where the opponent is obviously cheating, Hans stuff is starting to get stronger. 3 people have been banned in the last couple of days. Ridiculous.”

i_have_chosen_a_name He discussed how poorly players would perform, then came back for a perfect win, adding, “After 3 days, you receive this email from and get your points back.”

He says “what hurts the most” cheer upWhen you have a better position or when your opponent makes a pawn or piece blunder, then keeps thinking for 2-4 minutes, then suddenly starts playing perfect motor moves after 5 seconds of thinking about each move. Like Are you really undisciplined And helpless?”

Another felt fishy for someone to take same amount of time at every step. But the vast majority of victims checked their opponent’s playing history. many of Perfect matches In a row it was enough to trigger red flags for one player. Another noticed that their opponent was only losing against new accounts.

On the flip side, some players say they have been unjustly accused of cheating. 1 Reddit user accused of cheating Because their opponent missed an early move. Another mention that people have Accused In other games once they reach the ‘flow state’.

Many cheaters were upset that the newcomers were so bad at cheating. “Everyone cheats on the internet,” he said. single player. “The only difference is that some are smart cheaters and some are stupid cheats.”

Are they just imagining it or is it already happening? While not every case may be an actual cheater, there is plenty of evidence that kidnappings are afoot. This morning I reported on the increase in apparent cheating, speaking to Senior Professor RP Ramesh. “It is widely accepted that many people indulge in online fraud, especially at the youth level, where the stakes are not great,” he told the outlets. He went on to say that during the Covid lockdowns, online gaming is becoming more and more popular, with big cash prizes, adding, “As a result, what happens, even some professional players, not many of them, some professional players are indulging in this. So this has become a major issue.” . Himself published an article on cheating yesterday, beginning with the statement, “Cheating is sloppy chess and not a top secret.” They went on to explain that they closed 800 unusual accounts per day due to fraud, and that six percent of support tickets were related to the issue.

We reached out to the world-renowned expert in chess cheating, Dr. Kenneth Reagan of the University of Buffalo, State University of New York, to ask if he’s noticed a recent rise in accusations of cheating. He said, “I have not heard of a surge in the general ranks of the players.” Kotaku, “But that doesn’t surprise me.” It seems to cast doubt on the veracity of such a hike, adding, “The only thing that has been inflated is all the pseudo-scientific ways of doing fraud detection.”

In the live play, cheating is still exceptionally marginal, explains the professor. “The cases of calculating a player’s previous rate in the tournament are quoted differently between 1 in 10,000 and 1 in 5,000 and that matches how I feel.” But he adds that this is significantly higher online. “The former rate is 100 times – 200 times higher, from 1 percent to 2 percent, lower in highly vetted high-level events but higher in school events – for the latter, Note the character of Sarah Longson two years ago. “

Magnificently, Dr. Reagan also connected us to a TEDx talk he gave in 2014, in which he “put the ways people to date cheated in personal chess to a Dr. Seuss rhyme.” He then adds, “And really forgot to introduce the double syllables ‘Some had computers in their shoes/ or stashed them, stashed, in the open’.”

If nothing else, the wider chess scandal will surely bring more notable cheaters to the light. Niemann’s Grandmaster coach Currently He was also accused of confessing to using it once Artificial intelligence to help him choose movements. And if the professionals do it most likelyGood odds, ordinary people might be tempted to cheatvery.

Additional reporting by John Walker.

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