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  1. 26 Apr '10 01:27
    Do people ever turn chess engines on partway through a game? I swear the last guy I played (on Yahoo) would be making really unsound moves through the opening, and every game we played - as soon as he had a decided disadvantage he started playing really strong.

    There were a few times I won when I had a big material advantage, but again, even with big material up I kept having to work reaaally hard to finish him off. It was as if he waited until he was obviously losing, and THEN turned on whatever he was using.

    Am I just being paranoid?
  2. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    26 Apr '10 01:51 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    Am I just being paranoid?
    maybe you are, or maybe you aren't. only They know.


    have you ever almost dozed off while driving a car? people always get focused after they get in trouble. it's a wake-up call.
  3. 26 Apr '10 02:12
    One thing to do is go back through the game after it is finished. Instead of the hum of machinery, you may find your mistakes. It is hard to take when someone starts pushing you around after they have been playing poorly, but it does happen with no cheating involved. Learn from your losses, no matter what the cause, and you come out better on the other end.
  4. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    26 Apr '10 06:45 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by wormwood
    maybe you are, or maybe you aren't. only They know.


    have you ever almost dozed off while driving a car? people always get focused after they get in trouble. it's a wake-up call.
    This describes me, in CC and OTB play. For some reason, I only run my fastest when someone is chasing me.

    I also have the problem both ways. In OTB play I have a reputation in Florida for swindling otherwise lost games, but I am also a "master" at blowing advantageous positions because I relax.
    I've gotten much better with my winning technique by mentally challenging myself to finish it, rather than relax, but I still blow good games from time to time. At least the swindles make up for it!
  5. Standard member peacedog
    Highlander
    26 Apr '10 08:32
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    Do people ever turn chess engines on partway through a game? I swear the last guy I played (on Yahoo) would be making really unsound moves through the opening, and every game we played - as soon as he had a decided disadvantage he started playing really strong.

    There were a few times I won when I had a big material advantage, but again, even wi ...[text shortened]... he was obviously losing, and THEN turned on whatever he was using.

    Am I just being paranoid?
    I think it's unlikely that they are cheating. I guess the main motive for cheating is to pretend your better than you actually are. An ego boost for the insecure. This case doesn't fit the bill.

    I'm one of these people who only really start to think when I'm in trouble. Maybe its because I'm a nervous player. If I'm losing the pressure is of me and things can only get better. If I'm winning, things can only get worse:-(

    Maybe you were playing me:-)