Chess Cheating Scandal

Russian grandmaster Igros Rausis has apparently been cheating his way up the international chess rankings,

Igors Rausis, at 58 the oldest among the world top 100 grandmasters, was last week caught analysing in the toilet during his game in the Strasbourg Open. Rausis later told the Czech newspaper Lidovky: “I signed a statement that I am guilty in full … I completely ruined my name and also destroyed the trust of all my colleagues and friends.”

Rausis’s steady advance up the rankings in his 50s, after many years at the 2500 moderate grandmaster level, was clearly abnormal. He played in smaller events which could not afford the strict anti-cheating measures of major tournaments, and he exploited a rule where a win against an opponent 400 or more rating points lower gains 0.8 of a point. Rausis played many games where the rating difference was much higher, so that the statistical odds favoured him.

Chess Steganography

James Stanley created this Chess Steganography tool “to encode/decode short messages as chess games.”

Enter a message that you want encoded, and the tool spits out a PGN chess notation file that can then be decoded to reveal the original message. For example, “I’m Batman!” is encoded as:

f4 Nf6 2. c3 b6 3. Nf3 c6 4. Qa4 b5 5. Qb3 Rg8 6. c4 Nh5 7. f5 g6 8. e3 Rh8 9. Qd1 bxc4 10. g4 Nf6 11. Ng1 h5 12. g5 Ne4 13. f6 e5 14. Nf3 d5 15. Qa4 Bc5 { White resigns. } 0-1

The code for the tool is available on Github.

ChessPlus

ChessPlus is a chess variant where you can split and combine chess pieces into new combinations.

Chessplus is played under standard chess rules with one difference – pieces can be merged to combine their powers, and merged pieces can be split back into their individual pieces.

Here is a quick guide to the rules:

1. Merging or splitting is considered a move.

2. Individual pieces must always move according to their traditional ability.

3. A player can create a merged piece by moving an individual piece onto the square of another piece of the same colour, except for the king.

4. A merged piece can move as either of it’s joined pieces, or can be split by moving a joined piece away individually.

5. When a merged piece containing a pawn makes it to the other end of the board it is promoted to a queen.

6. When a merged piece is captured or promoted the merged piece leaves the board.

Really Bad Chess for Android

Really Bad Chess is an game for Android that implements . . . well . . . really bad chess.

Really Bad Chess is just like chess, but with totally random pieces. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns — why not?

If you find a board like this appealing, then this is the really bad chess app for you!

Really Bad Chess Screenshot
Really Bad Chess Screenshot