I've been flagged for using computer assistance. I use Lichess as a tool to do my job. I am a professional chess coach. I've never once used a computer to assistant me in my games... however, lichess admins have accused me of it and made restrictions to my account.
I can no longer use my lichess coach account to manage my students who are in my classes. I can no longer make accounts for my students. I can no longer make private tournaments for my students to play in.
Please help me Lichess community!
I've never cheated with a computer before and would never teach that kind of stuff to my students. I asked lichess why they were blocking my account and they just said they will not tell me why I was flagged for computer assistance. My bullet is my highest rating by like 500 points... How can you even cheat in Bullet?
any thoughts or advice? Feel free to look at my account and tell me which game(s) I maybe cheated on? My USCF is 1889. So I'm not a terrible chess player. But I need lichess to be able to teach my kids.
Thanks in advance!
I took a look at your games, most of them seem fine. Only suspicions I found were the games from Scholar's Mate Arena (few inaccuracies and no mistakes/blunders). If Lichess doesn't reverse this, maybe you can use another site to teach? Chess.com maybe?
Yeah, I hate to admit it but my other account @gamingapocolpse-11 was flagged for no reason! I did very well at Yearly Rapid Arena (10th Place)- Went up 100 points, then had 2 losses inn a row and got banned! Chess.com has a way better cheat detection system!
I'm on my second account right now. (Lanomeeggo) I am C4L_Lane. Lichess sent me this email last week... seems like they will not reverse the ban or even talk about it:
We are continuously improving our cheat detection so that we can aggressively prevent cheating while minimizing the false positives. After investigating your case, we have determined that our cheat detection algorithms flagged your account with sufficient evidence for the mark to remain.
Lichess has strong detection methods and a very thorough process for reviewing all the evidence and making a decision. The process sometimes involves many moderators and can take a long time. Other than the mark itself, we will not go into details about evidence or the decision making process for individual cases. It is a strict Lichess policy to not discuss the specifics of cheat detection publicly with anyone ever, doing so would make it easier for cheaters to avoid detection and be an invitation to many unproductive debates. Any attempts to start such a debate will be ignored.
Lichess mod team"
You guys make me laugh with the remarks ( no reasoning). Your all guilty PERIOD
How can I cheat if Bullet is my highest rating? @TexasTea
LoL This is what they told me!
If this was a court room, you will be charged with Perjury
@TexasTea Rather unhelpful comments... @UnicornPenguins agreed...and being a coach, I would expect the coach to be VERY good at this most common of checkmates for kids. How to do it as well as how to avoid it! Seems to me that these situations will push more coaches to chess.com for working with kids.
Having worked with @C4L_Lane for several years, I will have to say that I am certain he is innocent. Of all coaches I know, @C4L_Lane is the most anti-computer guy I have seen. For a long time, it almost felt like he refused to believe that computers were actually better than people at chess. To think that a guy like this would actually cheat using a computer is ridiculous.
I know lichess mods are probably swamped with tons of messages/cases everyday, but I really hope that they gave @C4L_Lane 's case more than a cursory look. Most of the games that we play on our "C4L" accounts are against inexperienced/beginner level students who still make elementary blunders. I don't feel it is beyond reasonable that a player with some experience can take advantage of those blunders (lots of free pieces) and checkmate quickly (especially Lane who loves gambit/attacking chess). I know in some of @C4L_Lane 's games, the average centi-pawn loss seems low..., but I don't believe that the moves he needed to find (mostly free pieces and basic mating patterns) were all that difficult.
I understand why the lichess mods avoid giving reasons for their cheat conclusions, but this conclusion makes me fear the following:
1. Having too many wins or high accuracy games is a way to be suspected (I mostly run quick tournaments (blitz)) on this account, but I have a lot of wins too with high accuracy (just recently checked). Again though, a lot of these games are against young kids who are still learning the basics.
2. Fear of playing anything other than short blitz at the most (I notice @C4L_Lane had a lot of 10+0 games, a pool with a higher proportion of cheaters). Playing blitz, I can make most moves close to instantly (especially against weaker opposition), but if I ever want to run a 10+0 or more tournament for kids, I may get flagged as a cheater if I participate.
This post isn't meant to devalue all of the hard work and effort that the lichess organizers and mods put in to running such a great site. I hope though that they can take it upon themselves to take another look at @C4L_Lane's case.
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