I would like to play online chess via an interface where name and FIDE number are disclosed, mainly because I believe that this discourages engine users. A few questions:

  1. I found the FIDE Arena application, and thought it indeed required disclosure of personal info, but after trying it out it doesn't seem so. Is that perhaps only a requirement for paying users? Any info what be appreciated on this.
  2. Any other platform that enforces such a requirement?
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    @InertialIgnorance My impression is that you're quite alone in that belief. Ego seems to be quite enough for many, many players. In any case, your answer seems unrelated to my question. – acye Oct 5 '19 at 16:31
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    I feel it's an epidemic, and that's corroborated by later computer analysis. I think at your level it's more rare, as there are fewer such players and probably cheat detection is more "on them" as they don't want to lose IMs and GMs because of cheater abundance. As for your question regarding the motivation, I would speculate that the ego aspect is in losing, i.e. they hate losing, and also perhaps there's some enjoyment is just making your opponent feel that he lost... – acye Oct 5 '19 at 18:22
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    I will have to disagree about chess.com's cheat detection system. Certainly so in the case of "smart" cheating, when the cheater only uses the engine on critical junctions, or when he deliberately throws in sub-optimal but not losing moves to throw off the cheat detection. I would prefer non-anonymous platform and accept the smaller player pool, if there is no such platform out there I guess I must be rather alone in my preference. – acye Oct 7 '19 at 7:47
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    Well, a 100% ban is not realistic, but every now and then it happens that someone gets caught with a phone in his bag that suddenly rings, and then he loses, and also people are alert to constant going to the rest room... So it does create a deterrent. Most of my opponents actually don't leave the chair, or hardly so, plus I see that they make mistakes (as do I, sadly...), so I would say cheating is very, very rare. – acye Oct 7 '19 at 17:47
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    Cheating is rampant. I have seen cheaters online. OTOH I have seen sore losers accuse people of cheating when both sides made several bad moves and mistakes. – yobamamama Dec 25 '19 at 23:59

Only FIDE could enforce that. Talk to them.

No other platform can or does do that.

  • Of course a platform could decide to enforce non-anonymity. – acye Jan 2 at 18:28

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