Kedaha may find it even harder to pretend the report isn’t clear who made things public this time. Hans could have stayed silent or been honest. By publicly lying in a way that misrepresented Chess.com, he brought further public scrutiny on himself.
Brave Sam Sevian took justice in his own hands, grabbed Hans’ king and checked it very, very subtle for hidden spy tech. Broke the tip of the king off, and in disgust, sent the king back to a different position on the board. There you have it, Hans. That’s what happens when you fuck a stranger in his ass…
You’d sort of think picking up pieces of your opponent on his clock would disqualify you or something.
I mean if there’s a touch rule for your own pieces one would think something more strenuous results for a player picking up and moving or in this case temporarily removing from the board one of your opponents pieces.
As funny as the whole thing looked, things like that can become quite serious.
Imagine Hans only has 5 minutes for 10 moves. Then, while he’s in the middle of calculating a critical variation, his opponent grabs Hans’ king. This brutally pulls him out of his thinking process. In that case it’s even unsportsmanlike behaviour. A referee could declare the game lost at that point, although the chances for that are very slim.
FIDE clarified the rules regarding touching pieces a week or two ago. Now you are not allowed to touch anything on the board, if your own clock isn’t running. So no “J’adoube” after you have pressed the clock.
Oh yeah, heck piece touching can lead to serious turmoil just between class players playing a G/30. I remember one time playing this guy, and we were in a time scramble and racing to queen a pawn, but I was ahead. I was still fairly new, so I went to move my pawn to like b1 (can’t remember which) and went to grab the queen to place it down, and he moved as I was doing that and then moved again to queen his pawn as I was placing down the queen even though I’d never hit the clock.
Yosha, as a Chess24 employee, should be happy she wasn’t drawn into this lawsuit.
There is new info - or rather the confirmation of old info - regarding engine correlation in Let’s Check analysis on the Chessbase website:
When you analyze a game with it, it will not only tell you what a variety of engines thought of each move, it will give you a summary called Engine Correlation at the top, showing the percentage of times a player’s moves matched the top choice of an engine.
However, unlike a plain engine comparison, it won’t compare with just one top engine move, it will compare with several, and if the move matches any of those engines, then it is a match for Engine Correlation.
So, there you have it from the horses mouth. Engine correlations stack. Which makes this tool useless dor finding out if somebody has cheated or not.
Yeah, I finally got around to booting up Windows and going to look in chessbase, and using let’s check would be stupid. Especially since the default is that when you fire up an engine to look at a position it sends the analysis to the chessbase servers, so most people following the games with Fritz or Chessbase would’ve sent engine data to CB if they fired up an engine.
I think maybe the more useful tool is the one that looks at the centipawn differences between moves played, and what the engine considers the strongest move, which is what I figured they were using.
Niemann is the outlier with both tools compared to the strongest players. Even if chessbase is not the best tool, it is strange that Niemann has many games above 90% or even 100% whereas other GMs don’t.
The centipawn loss is more interesting. How do players compare against a strong engine. Niemann is also an outlier here. But not always. That’s the strange thing. He is very inconsistent.
But maybe that’s his style? Who knows OTB. If he would not have played 100+ games where he cheated online (according to chess.com analysis) , I would think nobody would made a big deal about his OTB play.
I find it interesting, what Nakamura said about Niemanns play when he was younger compared to other super GMs. The other kids games showed sometimes brilliance, whereas Niemanns games were nothing special…
This will be an interesting law suit. I hope it clears things up.