Basic Chess Cheating Explained

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There are two main ways to cheat at chess:
  1. While sitting down at a traditional board game Player A moves a piece or multiple pieces when Player B isn't looking.
  2. When Player A gets advice during a game, especially without Player B knowing about it.
The first point is pretty straightforward and obviously doesn't apply to Chess with Friends or any online chess playing systems.

As a result this website will focus on the second point regarding getting tips about specific moves to make during a game.

It's unpractical to have a grand master chess champion with you in person giving instructions while you're playing Chess with Friends on your iPhone. As a matter of practicality I'll be discussing computer assistance, which is at least as good as, if not better than the best human chess players in the world.

In an online chess environment the simplest form of cheating goes like this:
  • Player A is white
  • Player B is black

In this scenario Player B will be the player that's cheating.

Before the game starts Player B has a second game of chess setup against a Computer Opponent, with the computer skill level set to very difficult.

The second game looks like this:

  • Player B is white
  • Computer Opponent is black
Keep in mind that Player A does not know that Player B has a second game going on against a Computer Opponent.

The two games will be played simultaneously. The two games are:
  • Game 1 = Human vs. Human (Player A - white vs. Player B - black)
  • Game 2 = Human vs. Computer (Player B - white vs. Computer Opponent - black)
Game 1 begins with Player A making the first move (because Player A is white in Game 1).

After seeing Player A's move in Game 1, Player B makes the exact same initial move in Game 2.

Remember that Player B has:
  • the second move in Game 1 against a human opponent, because Player B is black in Game 1 and
  • the first move in Game 2 against a computer opponent, because Player B is white in Game 2.
Player B, the player that is cheating, will wait to see how the Computer Opponent responds in Game 2 before making his first move in Game 1.

However the computer responds in Game 2 is exactly what move Player B will do in Game 1.


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