Sorry, I’ve always wanted to write a clickbait headline and this was my chance.
It’s impossible to 100% eliminate cheating. But read on and I’ll tell you what to do instead of attempting the impossible.
There are two types of cheating in chess:
It’s Intermittent Cheating that is impossible to prevent and difficult to catch.
At Tornelo.com our objective is not to "prevent cheating". The attempt itself may even encourage more cheaters by giving them a challenge! And a feeling of success when they "get away with it".
Our goal is simple:
Three simple things achieve this:
We all know people behave much worse online than in real life. Behavioural psychology suggests this is due to:
To combat these risk factors Tornelo.com creates an environment in which:
The platform ensures that:
Tornelo.com is a platform for Arbiter Led events. The Organiser builds a community. They know the players. The players know each other. Reputations are built offline and extend into Tornelo.com from the real world.
Arbiters are present and interact with players throughout every event. The arbiters should be explicit about their expectations at the start of every event. Explaining what cheating is, why it’s not ok and creating high expectations - people will usually live up to your expectations (be they good or bad).
Mega-Portals are completely different from Tornelo.com and have a very different challenge. They are a single community of millions of anonymous players. Games are played on-demand, unsupervised and anonymously. They must rely on big-data and statistical analysis to identify cheating.
We don’t need to prevent cheating, we just attract players who wouldn’t cheat in real life and engage them in a community with a culture of fair play and integrity!
We haven’t eliminated cheating, it’s just not the done thing on Tornelo.com.