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Chess and Cheating- NYTimes.com

In Nonsense on March 21, 2012 at 11:25

A Computer Program to Detect Possible Cheating in Chess 

When it comes to cheating, chess might seem all but invulnerable. After all, the board and its pieces are out in the open for all to see.

But an eruption of recent scandals has made it clear that cheating — fueled by powerful computer programs that play better than people do, as well as sophisticated communication technologies — is becoming a big problem for world championship chess.

  1. I play chess and follow it closely so I can understand that this topic is critical, but sometimes, it’s a lot cheaper to use a computer to analyze your openings and some of your opponents play than it is to hire a chess coach or advisor. I don’t think it is becoming a problem, but it just depends on how you use your new acquired knowledge. Even if you were to use computers to analyze and prepare for your opponents, doesn’t mean you can execute on your newly acquired intelligence.

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