JustinHorton wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:36 pm
How wise would it be for anyone to answer that?
It would be wise to understand how many players are "being followed with skepticism for quite a while" compared with how many of them are actually caught.
It's still up for debate which is more widespread, either the cheating or the players paranoia about cheating; the above information would help clarify that; after all, according to Yuri Garret from the ACP and the FIDE anti-cheating team "the guy didn’t stand a chance from the moment I knew about the incident", so if you are cheating and you are on the "watch list" you'll be eventually caught.
I was discussing about this with a very good friend, unrated OTB but very good at blitz. I've known him for a very long time and I have no doubts he's not cheating while playing online blitz; however his blitz skills and playing style make him a target of the online anti-cheating systems and of his opponents paranoia; for example, I've seen him trashing opponents well above 2000 rating points on chess.com with the Halloween gambit (e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Nc3 Nf6 Nxe5); regularly one of his opponents complains about him, the admins have a conversation with him, then later another opponent complains and his account is eventually banned; another account is created, rinse and repeat.