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Testing chess players? Or testing for computers?

Posted in General by testing in London on December 31, 2006

From The Observer

2006 has in chess terms been above all the ‘Year of the Computer’: the computer both as fearsome adversary and more importantly a powerful tool which can potentially be used to cheat.
Whereas other sports fret about drugs, this is a complete non-issue in chess and players have to undergo testing in some official competitions merely as a sop to the Olympic Committee and WADA.

However the use of computers is not only technically quite possible but has also been detected in isolated cases in Open tournaments. It’s therefore perfectly reasonable that players should have to pass through a metal detector in the most serious of competitions. Moreover, the various allegations about cheating at the highest level, while I believe them to be utterly baseless, have certainly not come out of thin air.

UAT

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