FIDEFIDE (the World Chess Federation) is undertaking greater efforts to combat cheating at Chess tournaments. Aimed primarily at the possibility of players obtaining the aid of computers, FIDE plans to establish a permanent Anti-Cheating Commission and to adopt security measures for screening players and segregating them from spectators. Security measures may include searches and metal detectors, depending on the significance of the tournament.

Additionally, FIDE is in the process of developing a computerized tool that identifies cheating through statistical analysis of completed games. The tool is based on the work of Professor Kenneth W. Regan of the University at Buffalo Computer Science department, and rather than evaluating a player’s likelihood of winning, looks at the quality and consistency of individual moves. Dr. Regan’s research, for example, shows that human Chess players are more likely to make mistakes the further ahead or behind they are, whereas computer players perform consistently despite the present game state.