Originally posted by pijun
If one is playing against a player they suspect of cheating what would be the fun thing to do ?
A. Keep playing normally
B. Take as much time as possible and maximize time bank to anger them
C. Resign ASAP
D. Play absurd and amusing moves since you will loose anyways
Pijun, when I figure my opponent is using an engine for making moves, I do NOT
A- keep playing normally
nor B- maximimize time to anger him or her,
nor C -- resign because of it
and never D -- never play absurd moves -->
Because, there is no reason I "would lose anyway," as you phrase it.
Here's what to do:
1) play strategically, especially in the phase emerging from middlegame to endgame, which is where engines generally are poor,
2) try to gauge which engine you're opposing, and adjust accordingly -- since Crafty is poor, Shredder is worthless, Spike Turin strategically lacking, and Hiarcs very closely approximates a 1700-player's moves, for instance.
3) if it's early in the game (or a rematch), push a wall of pawns at them, maybe a variation of Bird's Opening
4) go for a mutually-assured-destruction position: Tempt the computer to come closer for a checkmate, distract its heavy pieces, but load up your own attacking pieces, so your own attack is one move closer to mating it than it is to you;
5) exchange off or sac every piece that is not: 1) actively attacking, 2) supporting an attack, or 3) defending.
After all, a computer is more predictable than a person, and cannot resist the temptation when you invite it to come attack you; it's hairy, scary, on the edge, but it feels good when you can pull it off and mate the puter. I have.