How to spot chess cheating online

Hello Everyone! have you ever thought someone was way too strong for you? Did he play a long game flawlessly? Didn’t give you a single chance? Today after having spent most of my lockdown time playing online, I wish to share a few observations. So let’s see how to spot chess cheating online, and at the end of the article, I will discuss how can there be a few exceptions.

Note – Players considered in this article are Non-Titled ones.

1. The account is recently created –

An account which is recently created is mostly used to cheat in a tournament, these people win cash prizes with fake details and disappear once their account gets banned.

2. The player rarely makes a mistake –

Basically, we are playing online with humans and these expected to make mistakes. Even bullet top players like Hikaru Nakamura or Nihal sarin at times land in tough situations but manage to swindle! So how can a human play such flawless chess consistently?

3. The player keeps beating you until you stop playing –

As these online cheaters are assured of winning every game they tend to keep on beating a player whom they find until he/she stops playing. In this way, these cheaters keep on accumulating points.

4. Fake Usernames –

When you visit your opponent’s profile, you can see that the player has not given his real name and as he is not a titled player, even the websites don’t have the real ID of a player. Contrastingly, If you see a player with his real name given somewhere, then you can assume the player to be a genuine one(of course! why would someone be a daredevil to defame himself)

5. Never streaming their games –

If a player is playing some high-quality chess then I think he does not hesitate to stream his own games. While the cheaters never stream games live.

These are ways to catch chess cheating online.

There are a few exceptions to this,

Speed Run –

Speed Run accounts are created for a fun stream and generally used for 1 day. People mention their real names here.

Titled players with a second account –

It’s a no brainer that most people have 2 accounts, so one is to be used for tournaments, other to experiment some openings or positions.

So these were my observations regarding chess cheating online, I hope I help you to recognize cheaters and reduce your damage.