I think a lot of us have been 'cheating.' (albeit completely without malice).
First of all.
You should be able to turn off that square highlighter.
It can be classed as dodgy but it only shows you the move
for that piece. If there was a good move in the position involving
another piece it would not show it.
(Unless of course you started clicking every piece on the board).
Agree site analyse board is naff but running chessbase sounds like a bore.
Winboard (4.3.2) fires up instantly and is superb at flicking the bits about
and for copying and pasting on here.
You can run 2 WB's at the same time. One stores game the other is for
flicking the bits about looking at ideas.
And now the interesting bit:
However this too can be a form of cheating because it does state
checkmate by showing a # symbol.
Now I think I'm good enough to spot a checkmate when I see one
and cannot recall any game where I have made a move that accidently
checkmated someone. ('cept in Blitz).
But you could argue that anyone who uses any software to look at
a game and that software shows a checkmate has just been played is cheating.
(there must be 100's of guys who have admitted they use CB or another
form of software to look at their games without an engine...we are all doomed).
I have turned off the illegal move check and you can move after checkmate
but have not figured out how to stop it displaying the # symbol.
Because I don't run an engine with WB I have a few options 'greyed out'
don't know if one of them could stop it. (need boffins help again).
I use an empty version (no engine) when you download it you will
be offered an engine. 'say no' but when it fires up it will always ask
you which engine you want to use. (a pain in the ass).
One of the boffins on here fixed this for me.
You add '/ncp' to the first line of the winoard.ini file.
(you may have to change the settings from 'read only'.)
The first line on my Winboard.ini looks like this.
It now just opens up without asking for an engine.
But that is today's question.
Me (and others) are using a chess program that does not suggest moves
or give a position evaluation or anything like that but it will say when
a postion is in checkmate.
Is that cheating?
(remember there was no intent on foul play. I never even thought
about it until this thread appeared.)
I've been using Winboard since 2008.
(Fat Lady recommend it to me...blame him/her).