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There are several issues in the world of chess that have been discussed and debated. Whether it is cheating on online platforms (we saw also a recent case on site), time controls or gender disparity chess world and FIDE is addressing them. Some slower some faster. 


The use of computer assistance during chess games is a significant concern. Detecting and preventing cheating, especially in online tournaments, is a challenge for chess organizations.

Engine assistance

One form of cheating involves using chess engines or computer programs to analyze positions and suggest moves during a game. Players may use hidden devices or access computer programs through electronic devices, even in online games, to gain an unfair advantage. With the rise of online chess platforms, there have been instances of cheating through the use of chess engines or collusion with other players. This can be challenging to detect, as players can use multiple accounts or employ sophisticated methods to hide their cheating.

Chess organizations and platforms are investing in sophisticated software algorithms and systems to detect suspicious moves and gameplay patterns that may indicate cheating. These systems often analyze players' moves and compare them to the moves suggested by chess engines, looking for significant similarities.

FIDE has various measures to prevent cheating, such as monitoring players during live tournaments, implementing stricter regulations, and conducting random checks. Online platforms employ anti-cheating algorithms and employ fair play teams to investigate suspicious activities.

Ethics and consequences

Cheating in chess not only undermines the integrity of the game but also violates the ethical principles and spirit of fair play. Players caught cheating can face severe consequences, including bans, disqualifications, loss of titles, and damage to their reputation.

Borislav Ivanov, a Bulgarian player, gained attention in 2013 after his exceptional performance in several tournaments. However, suspicions arose about his playing strength, and he was eventually caught with electronic devices hidden in his shoes. Ivanov was banned from competitive chess for three years by the Bulgarian Chess Federation.

IIgors Rausis, a Latvian-Czech grandmaster, was caught 2019 using his smartphone during a game at the Strasbourg Open. He admitted to cheating and was suspended from competitive chess for six years by the FIDE Ethics Commission.

Gaioz Nigalidze, a Georgian grandmaster, was caught using a smartphone concealed in a toilet during the Dubai Open in 2015. The device contained chess analysis software. Nigalidze was expelled from the tournament, and subsequent investigations revealed that he had been using electronic assistance in previous tournaments as well.

Three French players, Sébastien Feller, Arnaud Hauchard, and Cyril Marzolo, were found guilty of cheating in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. They were accused of using computer assistance during their games. The French Chess Federation imposed sanctions on the players, including suspensions and financial penalties.

Time controls

The time controls used in chess tournaments have been a subject of discussion. There are ongoing debates about finding a balance between preserving the classical, longer time controls and introducing faster formats to attract wider audiences.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in faster time controls as opposed to classical games format with 90 minutes for first 40 moves to accommodate shorter games and attract wider audiences. Faster formats, such as rapid chess (typically with time controls of 15 to 30 minutes per player) or blitz chess (typically with time controls of 3 to 5 minutes per player), create a more dynamic and fast-paced experience. These time controls often lead to more intense and tactical games, appealing to viewers seeking excitement. Where is the balance?

Gender disparity and Inclusivity

Historically, there has been a significant gender disparity in chess, with fewer female players achieving top-level success. Promoting gender equality and encouraging more women to participate in chess is an ongoing effort. Chess is also often seen as an elitist game due to limited access in some communities. There is a push to make chess more accessible to people from diverse backgrounds and to promote inclusivity in terms of gender, age, race, and socioeconomic status.

Charity organisations and NGOs such as The Gift of Chess are distributing chess sets across African communities where chess has very limited access. They have a goal to distribute 1 million chess sets. 

The Gift of Chess

The Gift of Chess has been distributing chess sets globally as a low-cost, high-impact catalyst for opportunity. The organization's key initiatives include education and refugee outreach using chess as a humanitarian tool. Their latest project is to hand over 1,000,000 chess sets to African schools and communities.


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Partnership and discount

By partnering with Opening Master, Gift of Chess seeks to offer even more benefits to its members and affiliates. Opening Master has been in the business of publishing chess databases since 2004, with a focus on education and chess growth, especially for children and young players. The chess databases are used globally by many IMs and GMs too. Their commitment to the growth of the chess community aligns perfectly with Gift of Chess's mission, making this partnership a natural fit.

"Opening Master is thrilled to be partnering with Gift of Chess," said Alexander Horvath, CEO of the company. "We believe that our expertise in chess education and growth, combined with Gift of Chess's experience in distributing chess sets globally, will help to make the chess community stronger together."

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Gift of Chess's Board Member, Russell Makofsky, echoed this sentiment, saying "We are excited to be partnering with Opening Master, and we believe that this partnership will help us to achieve our goal of making chess more accessible to people around the world. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of children and communities through the game of chess."

Promotion and marketing

Chess has seen increased popularity and visibility in recent years, thanks to online platforms, streaming, and high-profile events. Netflix series Queen's Gambit skyrocketed chess. The COVID19 times imprisoned people for 2 years to their houses. What games did they play most? Chess. However, there are ongoing discussions about how to further promote the game and attract new players, especially among younger generations. Chess Boxing is one of the new phenomenons which should not be underestimated and popular Twitch and YouTube celebrity chess streamers such as Andrea Botez already took her first fight in the ring.

There have been suggestions to modify certain aspects of chess, such as introducing new starting positions, changing piece values, or altering the rules to make the game more dynamic and exciting. These proposals often generate debate among chess enthusiasts however if you consider Shach (Chess) surviving 2000 years with the same (almost) rules, do not try to invent a wheel. Just enjoy the game. 

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Lukas Piffko: Chess has the power to transform lives, and it is our collective responsibility to make it accessible to all children. Through our charity cause that connects MMA and chess, we aim to break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and raise awareness of the tremendous benefits of this remarkable game. By purchasing the Opening Master Chess Database with the special coupon code "mmachess," you not only enhance your own chess skills but also make a positive impact on the lives of underprivileged children. Together, let's fight hard, play to win, and support this noble cause.

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