US Chess Federation allows electronic devices at games, is surprised by cheating

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8362701/the-evolution-cheating-chess
Wow, I expected chess people to think a move ahead. USCF allowed PDAs on playing tables for the purpose of recording moves and were surprised when cheating ensued. Moreover, they are now doubling down and refusing to reconsider their policy.
Personally, I think it was a bad decision. There is precious little benefit to electronic recording of moves. All you achieve compared to pencil-and-paper is saving a little time on transferring record from paper to computer after the game. But the cost is enormous as potential for cheating is huge and difficult to police. This obcession with electronic gadgets is unhealthy.

Advertisements

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: