Originally posted by forkedknightIf you don't know who's going to win, how can it be help?
I would guess if you matched two games against players with much higher ratings than you, your rating would increase, because you're guaranteed to win one of the games.
Are you sure it's not against the rules? You would, in effect, be getting help from another player.
Originally posted by FabianFnasBut you're actually hoping the GM or in this case higher rated player
It's like getting hints from a GM friend.
You don't know *how* this will lead to a win, but it certanly *will*.
Originally posted by Thequ1ckThe simple fact is that you're not playing for yourself. The fact that an exploit like this could be used to falsely increase your rating means that it would be cheating, at the very least from an ethical standpoint.
But you're actually hoping the GM or in this case higher rated player
would lose so you get more points.
Is it in the rules that your not allowed help to lose?
Originally posted by Thequ1ckYes, it is a violation. 3rd-party assistance is not allowed.
What would happen if you set up an even number of black plays
white moves on this site and mirrored moves against people so
that they would in effect be playing each other?
It's not in violation of the RHP rules
Originally posted by Thequ1ckGood question. Here's my interpretation.
So does that mean that it is not allowed to copy another persons opening?
Originally posted by SwissGambitSay for example you are 5 moves in against white and he/she does a move
Good question. Here's my interpretation.
If you have to wait for the other player to move so you can copy his move, then yes.
If the other game is already out of the opening, then maybe. It is still possible to get hints that are tailor-made to your specific position. To play it safe: look up the opening in a book or database, and follow that instead. Books/DBs are legal here.
If the other game is finished, then no.
Originally posted by Thequ1ckPlease clarify the first question.
Say for example you are 5 moves in against white and he/she does a move
that puts you in real trouble, must you then play a different move against black?
Even if you weren't planning on mirroring, must you then forfeit the game?
I understand that this rule is really a guidline but what happens in tournaments
with set openings? Isn't this situation then likely to occur?
Originally posted by SwissGambitOK, first scenario aside as it's ridiculously hypothetical.
Please clarify the first question.
The penalty for using 3rd party assistance or engines is site banishment, not just forfeiture of games. You're probably not going to get banned if it turns out to be a 'book' opening, since books are legal. However, it will look very suspicious if they can read the times the moves were made and observe that you alway ...[text shortened]... ] right after the other player.
Yes, this is fairly likely to happen in thematic tourneys.
Originally posted by Thequ1ckI think any ban of this nature must be a judgment call based on available evidence.
OK, first scenario aside as it's ridiculously hypothetical.
Surely in thematic tourneys you are influenced by the games you are playing
and may choose to play a series of similar games so that you can make move
variations. Why should you deserve a ban for setting up a board in a particular
position to explore the options thereafter?
At what point doe ...[text shortened]... g/losing?
Isn't that just being unfair on the people that don't realise they're doing it?
Originally posted by SwissGambitI agree but it would be interesting to keep the situation on record to refer to
I think any ban of this nature must be a judgment call based on available evidence.
Continuing to copy moves in the middlegame is a dead giveaway.
I'm unclear how someone could do this without realizing they're doing it.