Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Can Tornelo deter cheating?

Posted by GilaChess


One of my old posts was talking about how one can cheat in various ways over the board. It did start a lively discussion among people who included arbiters and chess players.

Eg: when the possibility of watches could be a cheating device, coincidentally it was already written into the rules that any watches were prohibited.

Well now, since Tornelo tournaments are bringing competitive chess possible and getting popular, I want to know what are the anti cheating measures. I believe it is tech that enables cheats. For example, a spy spectacle that also has a bone conducting feature makes it easy to cheat with an accomplice help. Tornelo measures are having 2 webcams (front and side) as well as requiring audio to be on. My question is how do they deter the spectacle cheats ? 

This is only a hypothetical but a very possible one. Also I can think of many others but will not put in print here as it would just be a source of tips for other cheaters.

If Tornelo cannot deter cheating using tech devices like these, then I assume there must be many undetected cheating occurences. Of course there is also the engine detection method based on the user moves but even that can be circumvented with careful manipulation of the engine suggestions.

Correct me if I am wrong please because I have not personally experienced how a Tornelo tourney is run.

(The above illustrated spectacles cannot broadcast and only record but there are ones that look like authentic specs and do broadcast audio and video)

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Monday, September 27, 2021

What the hell is Tornelo?

Posted by GilaChess


Ok this post is about my ignorance about things happening in the chess world today so please forgive me for this katak bawah tempurung post.

Ok I admit Gila Chess has not been Gila about chess throughout the pandemic. 

Not even remotely intrerested in any tournaments, especially with tons of online tournaments for desperate chess players who cannot play over the board anymore. I was already playing on an online platform in Starcraft and Chess it seems is just trying to catch up. It's still light years behind. What I mean is that Chess had really poor features to deter cheating etc.

So why am I interested now?

Although I have all but given up playing chess competitively, I have not given up other aspects of chess like taking pictures, blogging about chess tournaments, chess broadcasting etc. I am also most interested in building online chess servers like Lichess where players can play on the web.  

Big market

The total registered FIDE rated players in the world is abut 170,000. The fact that tournaments take place everyday around the world makes Chess one of the most popular board games in the world. So leveraging services to provide tournament play online is indeed can be profitable if not lucrative if done correctly.

Also, with the pandemic likely to last very long, normal OTB play is going to be pretty rare and if it comes back the numbers will be limited as well as so many stringent measures making it very different from what we are used to. This means the current certified OTB Arbiters are out of the job and Tornelo is the logical choice to level up and move on to for this group of people.

What I do know

From what I've heard and Googled about Tornelo, it's a platform for online tournaments. To be fair I did hear about Tornelo thru mentions in Facebook but I was put off by it because it also offered expensive courses to certify people who can run Tornelo tournaments. It felt like another for money fiasco to get certified by paying exhorbitant amounts but getting really poor qualified / trained people. But that's of course unfair to judge without evidence but it has happened too often where chess is concerned so I just assumed it is the same here.

Give Tornelo a chance?

So upon inspection I see that there is no evidence of any thing bad about Tornelo so I will give it the benefit of the doubt. 

What I like

is the platform and objectives of Tornelo. They are trying to make online play as close as possible to over the board play which is a huge undertaking and will be great if can be achieved seeing how cheating is a big problem in chess. Over the board chess cheating is a big problem even before the pandameic and the problem is multiplied by a huge factor via online play.

What I still don't like

is the exhorbitant fees charged for certification.

200 Euro (RM 980) just to be a certified Tornelo Arbiter ? Really ?

But if you come from the world of FIDE certification, this is the norm. I may hate it but the chess community seems to be ok with it.

More Questions

So who in Malaysia have organised tournaments using Tornelo? I am sure there is but I don't have a chess blog or website to refer to.

Of course this is the limited view of the ignorant frog in me so again I asked for forgiveness for mistakes made. If you have something to add please do. Also Tornelo is still relatively new, looks promising and maybe in time may prove itself to be a useful platform for online chess tournaments to take place.

Also besides pure online play, there is also the very interesting hybrid form of chess mixing online and in person play.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Malaysia's Top Juniors (Top 50)

Posted by GilaChess


as of September 2021(Age 19 and below)

1Wong, Yinn LongFMMAS23812002
2Lye, Lik ZangFMMAS23582004
3Chan, Kim YewFMMAS23032002
4Tan, Jun YingCMMAS21512003
5Chan, Yi Meng RyanMAS21102003
6Poh, Yu TianMAS20812009
7Navaratnam, Rohan Shan TzeFMMAS20712004
8Sim, Jia RuWCMMAS20052005
9Cheah, Kah HoeMAS19852004
10Eng, Jia QianMAS19392002
11Ang, Ern Jie AndersonMAS19102010
12Tin, Shan WenMAS19072002
13Mahmood Shah, Mukhriez ShahMAS19052005
14Chong, Kai Ni AgnesWFMMAS18922007
15Singh, EshwantMAS18902003
16Di, Xu WeiMAS18862002
17Lee, Care GreeneMAS18632006
18Hairul, Muhd Ilhan MansizMAS18542003
19Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah, Aqil Ainuddin NaufalMAS18242002
20Chua, Jia-TienWCMMAS18222003
21Chua, Chee Sian SebastienMAS18152003
22Looi, Ka LocMAS18012004
23Ding, Dao EnWCMMAS17992005
24Wong, Zi YueMAS17832005
25Chew, Zhi QiMAS17422004
26Foo, Jiu Weir BrienMAS17412004
27Tang, En Xin EstherWCMMAS17042003
28Yip, YongMAS16922003
29Emran, Muhammad Emir RasyidMAS16782006
30Ang, Jing XuanMAS16702003
31Ng, Jun Fung IsaacMAS16632005
32Revinthran, DarshanMAS16522007
33Kavin MohanMAS16492011
34Mohd Faizullah, Aisyah Dalilah ImaninaMAS16412006
35Mohd Faizullah, Aliah Diyanah InsyirahMAS16412008
36Yeoh, Yuan HuiMAS16362005
37Koay, Yu ZheMAS16352004
38Mohd Saprin, Amir MuqqriMAS16262003
39Ong, Weng YanMAS16172005
40Zulkifli, Muhd HafizuddinMAS16162003
41Sathaseelan, DinishMAS16132002
42Yaakup, Nur Farwizah DarwisyahMAS16072008
43Mohd Hakim, Muhd Hafiy HakimMAS16042007
44Mudzaffar Ashidi, Awathif UmairahMAS16042009
45Masli, Muhd Nur DaieMAS16002007
46Aminuddin, Muhd FaqihMAS15972003
47Basil, ShareefMAS15962002
48Lai, Hong JunMAS15952009
49Mohd Razief Hakiem, TasneemMAS15912008
50Lim, Jing HngMAS15912005

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