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“Only a bot would play that!” Sacrificing a Queen in chess is a move you’re much more likely to see a bot make as opposed to a human, as humans want to protect the game’s most valuable piece. In the wake of the recent chess cheating scandal, Levy Rozman from GothamChess explains how you actually…



“Only a bot would play that!” Sacrificing a Queen in chess is a move you’re much more likely to see a bot make as opposed to a human, as humans want to protect the game’s most valuable piece. In the wake of the recent chess cheating scandal, Levy Rozman from GothamChess explains how you actually cheat at chess. Using artificial intelligence, see how people use everything from bathroom cell phones to ear pieces to try to skirt the rules and gain an edge.

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Director: Lisandro Perez-Rey
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Talent: Levy Rozman

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  1. GothamChess

    November 28, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks so much for having me, Wired! 🙂

    • SR7 EDITZ

      November 29, 2022 at 10:37 pm

      Levy My man 🥺❣

    • SR7 EDITZ

      November 29, 2022 at 10:38 pm

      Goat_ham ❤

    • cvwxk

      November 29, 2022 at 11:36 pm

      LEVY absolute W

    • Everything Network

      November 29, 2022 at 11:54 pm


    • Haris Naufal

      November 30, 2022 at 12:25 am

      Pin of thanks

    • sia a

      November 30, 2022 at 9:51 pm

      pin of shame

    • SilverVayne

      November 30, 2022 at 10:34 pm

      Expect a surge in cheaters and cheaters improving their ability to avoid detection after this one!

    • Eduard Kolaj

      December 1, 2022 at 12:06 am

      GOATham Chess

    • krabz _

      December 1, 2022 at 12:22 am

      Yoo levy really made it

    • Kaiser Lou

      December 1, 2022 at 12:31 am

      pin of glory!!!

    • mike kunnecke

      December 1, 2022 at 8:37 pm

      come on man! You know the difference between a computer & a program. Don’t let these guys feed you a script

    • ole rya

      December 1, 2022 at 9:22 pm


    • Chrioni Sta Ana

      December 1, 2022 at 10:13 pm

      GothamChess, you are a hypocrite, arrogant and foul lady. You have attitude and your simps doesn’t know your true nature.

    • Youtube Userman

      December 2, 2022 at 12:12 am

      Yo genuinely why do you look so handsome in this video haha

    • SenorQuichotte

      December 2, 2022 at 1:14 am

      You have no clue what you’re talking about. You make stupidity seem like a virtue. Go watch Ben Finegolds analysis instead of this garbage.

    • Thijmen Smit

      December 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm

      great job in thus video gotham!

    • Maddy

      December 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      love your videos

    • Emi Tizmo

      December 2, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Thank your tribesmen for pushing you into a limelight. You are turning chess into a circus. Disgusting.

    • Tobias Brandner

      December 2, 2022 at 11:53 pm

      you have enspired my entire Chess journey and now i will be grandmaster next year!

    • //chameleon\

      December 3, 2022 at 12:38 am


    • null

      December 3, 2022 at 6:34 am

      hikaru plays like a bot

    • Søren Kierkegaard

      December 3, 2022 at 6:53 am


    • Robin_

      December 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm


    • karpyy24

      December 3, 2022 at 10:20 pm

      @Rattus Grenadus levy is an international master lmao. having a title makes you a pro. Still better than you’ll ever be

    • Rattus Grenadus

      December 3, 2022 at 10:25 pm

      @karpyy24 he literally isnt lol cucklet

    • karpyy24

      December 4, 2022 at 6:37 pm

      @Rattus Grenadus he is literally an international master, and thus, a chess professional. better than you’ll ever be lmao

    • Rattus Grenadus

      December 4, 2022 at 7:13 pm

      @karpyy24 yeah he *LITERALLY* isnt

    • TheGreat1

      December 4, 2022 at 8:40 pm

      At 3:32 do you think anyone has brought/used vibrating buttplugs? 😂

    • karpyy24

      December 5, 2022 at 12:37 am

      @Rattus Grenadus how do you define being a chess professional, because he is a chess professional by definition lmao

    • Rattus Grenadus

      December 5, 2022 at 1:02 am

      @karpyy24 okay animal lets do a test. e4 d5 ur white now what and why

    • Rattus Grenadus

      December 5, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      @NorthAmericaHemp you seem like ur off meds crazy

    • NorthAmericaHemp

      December 5, 2022 at 4:58 pm

      @Rattus Grenadus haha sure, this guys a fool. I’m very familiar with everything going on. Take something like cryptocurrency coding, you code in the [email protected] and have to remember 2million lines of code. He’s saying to think 2 moves in the future when you could clearly see the knight and queen sacrifice to a check MATE could only be done by a bot. That is beyond stupid and ridiculous, more so than his @nalBead theory for Hans

    • Quack

      December 5, 2022 at 5:22 pm

      You’re a good man

    • Robert Jansen

      December 5, 2022 at 11:31 pm

      YOU ARE NOT A GRAND MASTER. International Master is no match to Magnus Carlsen. You are giving pro commentaries as if you are a GM.

    • Robert Jansen

      December 5, 2022 at 11:31 pm

      L Gotham
      W Hkaru

  2. Serg Honest

    November 29, 2022 at 12:37 am

    GothamChess (Levi) seems to be a good guy. But if you are going to make a serious report, you need to interview a GM with more experience, not a popular youtuber.

  3. Chintan Shah

    November 29, 2022 at 12:39 am

    So wired couldn’t even hire a GM for this?

  4. JSR

    November 29, 2022 at 12:41 am

    The person who is cheating in a chess game is ultimately only defeating themselves. A mistake is a lesson. When you cheat The only thing you’re learning is how pathetic you are .

  5. David Appelgate

    November 29, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Having watched a lot of Levy’s videos and the moves he calls “bot moves,” I’m kind of surprised that he considered the combination shown at 8:34 a bot move. I wouldn’t have found the knight move to make the king retreat, but once it was on the board, I saw the queen sac instantly. And I’m only ~800 elo. That’s not to flex, that’s just to say that I really think there could have been better examples of “bot moves” than a 1400 Tactics Puzzle.

    • Thrills

      November 29, 2022 at 12:48 am

      The video is about cheaters, you knew the context of the puzzle. Bruh moment

  6. strw_skll

    November 29, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Levy the goat

  7. mangosmoothiee

    November 29, 2022 at 12:52 am

    I mean at a certain point why would you ever train against humans when you can learn to play the right way against AI and just memorize patterns that lead to victory lmao

  8. NYK

    November 29, 2022 at 12:53 am

    But that first example was literally a super simple mate…

  9. Tushar khunte

    November 29, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Dropping a comment speaks for itself

  10. Player

    November 29, 2022 at 12:57 am


  11. Ordinary Alien

    November 29, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Ma boi getting bigger!

  12. Ritika Kela

    November 29, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Always good to see Levy..!! 💓🌟

  13. IKadek Wijaya

    November 29, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Jadi keinget dewakipas 😂


    November 29, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Thank you WIRED, and Levy

  15. Jayden Wiegel

    November 29, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I love this collab so muchhhhhh❤❤❤

  16. Whitecanid

    November 29, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Our boi Rozman made it to WIRED! congrats! @GothamChess

  17. Nicholas Wideman

    November 29, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Without proof you got nothing

  18. Canter1Ter

    November 29, 2022 at 1:22 am

    How much did Gotham “Levi” Шахматы pay you to call him a pro?

  19. Manveer Gill

    November 29, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Ayooo, my boi Levy is famous.

  20. Nemo Nomen

    November 29, 2022 at 1:25 am

    I’m not a chess expert by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems to me that someone who _is_ and expert might be able to see that future outcome at the end as easily as the AI did.
    But maybe I’m underestimating the number of possible branching outcomes between sacrificing the queen and check mate.

  21. Mrfool

    November 29, 2022 at 1:26 am

    This guy is defending hans nieman(caught cheating multiple times) and they ask him how to spot a cheater lmao. Americans supporting fellow americans be leik

  22. Che Guevara

    November 29, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    If it was a 12 move mate, they’re cheating or a GM. If they find either a 5 or 7 move mate, then they’re aren’t half bad, but they aren’t cheating. And believe me accuracy is not that relevant as long as the opponent as bad. And if it’s short? Even higher accuracy. 85-90% accuracy isn’t hard against an average opponent, if you’re semi-competent competition player. And for example, even move times aren’t that helpful. If you recall, if they’re playing online, moving things, then clicking confirm, or just moving on an unresponsive iPad? They aren’t cheating. But I concede, yes most players with all those issues, then they are cheating. Or a mid rate GM.

    • Alejandro

      November 29, 2022 at 11:48 pm

      thanks for your input, guevara

  23. miKey mouSe

    November 29, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Maybe the only way to PROVE that an online player is cheating (by using an AI chess program) is to :
    a) pick the most likely AI programs that they would use…
    b) input each of the player’s moves into each of the chess programs…
    c) if the AI program’s output moves match the player’s move, move for move, throughout the whole game, …
    … then OK, the player cheated!
    However, an easy way to defeat that check would be for the player to have several AI programs running, input the opponent’s move into each of them, then choose one of the AI program’s output move (choose a program at random). Oh yeah, and have a random time delay timer to vary your ‘move speed’, to make you look ‘more human’.
    That shouldn’t be too hard to program, and would defeat the ‘move sequence’ check described above.
    Actually, now that I think about it, that could be interesting to try out – see what sort of game you would get playing a ‘bot’ or person (for FUN, of course) as an experiment. 🙂

    • AnimeFan

      November 29, 2022 at 11:34 pm

      No, all you need to do is use one engine and look at the game/s. Do they play moves well above their level or their ability in the game, the time needed

  24. Elio Calcaterra

    November 29, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I just liked & subscribed thanks to @GothamChess

  25. Tom West

    November 29, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    there’s a video of a dude making such a vibrating device and then demonstrating that in its silicon casing it wouldn’t be detected by metal detectors. now you might ask, how can a vibrator tell you what move to play? it’s like morse code. 1 vibration means one thing, 2 vibrations mean a second thing, etc. but they can be programmed and designed to be as complex and easy to use as you need them to be while being easy to conceal on (or in…) your body.

  26. Juan Moreno

    November 29, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Why not take the knight with the pawn on F6? why he moved the king and didn’t took the knight?

  27. Bish Bash Bosh

    November 29, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    When does the chess pro turn up?

  28. Jan ds

    November 29, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Strange when i blunder i mean of course sarafice my queen the engine in the post game allways says its a blunder 😀

  29. ROFLcopter

    November 29, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    okay so basically Magnus Carlsen was being a cry baby

    • AnimeFan

      November 29, 2022 at 11:51 pm

      Magnus has never acted that way

  30. Luke Gordon

    November 29, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    I watch Gotham all the time and I don’t even play chess. His content is gold

  31. anastasis 21

    November 29, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Great video. Well said and presented good job.

  32. Cryptoscopics

    November 29, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    We love Levy. Glad to see him on others channels, he deserve success.

  33. Lepton Particle

    November 29, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    The queen sacrifise example is not a bot move, if they take the queen it’s literally mate in 2, not some superhuman strategy that only an AI can see

    • Alejandro

      November 29, 2022 at 11:47 pm

      It is still a bit suspicious though, especially if the person is already very likely cheating

    • Voidseeker

      November 30, 2022 at 12:43 am

      Qd5 is something you might see in a game. the combination with Ng5, sacrificing the knight, then following it up with Qd5 in case they reject the sacrifice, is just insanity.

  34. K V

    November 29, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    ClickbaIt, no chess pros in this video

  35. SR7 EDITZ

    November 29, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    As a fan I’m really proud of levy

  36. Herman Francis

    November 29, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    congrats levy

  37. BirdDawg

    November 29, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Extremely well done Levi. Congratulations.

  38. Henk Schmitz

    November 29, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    People play counter-intuitive moves too, sometimes! A stronger indication for foul play is when the same amount of time is spent on every single move, like a metronome. Then you get beaten, not by a honest human who thinks for himself, but by a computer.

  39. Victor Finberg

    November 30, 2022 at 12:04 am

    wasn’t that a Morphy game ?

  40. Rob Williams

    November 30, 2022 at 12:44 am

    What a waste of time…
    Cheating only makes you a petty fraud…

  41. EnZo CODM

    November 30, 2022 at 12:46 am


  42. Parishrpr

    November 30, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Buzz buzz

  43. Yeeter the noob deleter

    November 30, 2022 at 1:11 am

    So many people in the comments underestimate the position.
    It’s not even close to mate if you don’t take the queen.
    It takes 35+ moves for stockfish 15 to force mate.

  44. What do I name this channel

    November 30, 2022 at 1:17 am

    You see because I study computer moves and I am willing to sacrifice anything for a checkmate once I see it, don’t be surprised if I sacrifice a queen

  45. The Shinikuri Reaper

    November 30, 2022 at 1:22 am

    ‘No human in history has ever played a sequence of moves like that’
    Well too bad, 6 year old me did, because I sucked at chess, I just happened to win for once in fourty seven matches.

  46. Simbacaned Guy

    November 30, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    The cheating example wasn’t great. Since the queen was under threat, and there was an obvious x-ray of the rook on the king, the position would play itself for anyone rated over 2000 uscf. However, a better example would’ve been if the queen hadn’t been under attack by the b-pawn (which we will say is on b7 defending the knight), and the king was already on g8. This is because Qd5 would still be the second best move. This may seem obvious to begginers because if the pawn takes you checkmate, so it must be good. However, chess isn’t that simple. The opponent doesn’t have to take and this is where the human would have to think “How do I justify this move if my opponent doesn’t take the queen” It is very difficult to justify this, with possibly the only reason being “I want to centralise my queen”. But with lots of other principles running around a humans head, such as “Always retreat” it would be extremely difficult for many humans to justify Qd5 over retreating the queen. A computer, however, would calculate the line 30 moves deep and play it anyway. This is the position I am talking about, btw . Qd5 here is the second strongest move, but for a human to justify is tough. I guess the idea is Qd5, Qd6, Qf8#. But black is in time with h6, f5. Very difficult to justify Qd5 here, not so much in the position you showed.

  47. Niels Harksen

    November 30, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    The queen sacrifice is not that hard to find for a strong player. I am sure the world elite would find this moves in under a minute. If you are playing rapid against a 1200 though and they make this move though….

  48. Levent Çelik

    November 30, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Hikaru mentioned that you can cheat by simply relating a single beep.

    Beep means there’s an important move to pay attention. If you know a move exists, you try hard to find it.

    No beep means the moves are not hard to find. You don’t lose time.

  49. Uncle Willibomb

    November 30, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    The first example was actually pretty easy to spot, you’re queen is being attacked so you’re looking for a square to escape to and naturally you would find d5 as the best move.

  50. Strider

    December 1, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Yo Levy

  51. William Wallace

    December 1, 2022 at 12:17 am

    I have an 80% rapid win rate but that’s because I’ve only played 90 games and I’m nowhere near my true rating. For blitz, it’s 56% after 650 games and I’m 2000 so yeah. High win rates can be indicative of cheating but not every single time.

  52. M5A1 Stuart

    December 1, 2022 at 12:18 am

    So if a woman using a vibrators that mean she is cheating right?

  53. 8Stormy5

    December 1, 2022 at 12:27 am

    I agree that the example of a “bot move” was rather poor. However I understand that this is for general audiences and “bots will play seemingly nonsensical moves to save a tempo eight moves later” and “bots will sacrifice three points of material to gain three-point-two points of positional advantage” will simply not make sense to many viewers without unwarrantedly-long explanation.

  54. Emma

    December 1, 2022 at 12:28 am

    “no human in history has ever played a sequence of moves like that” is maybe a bit of an overstatement when talking about a queen sac that requires 3 moves of foresight xD

  55. LofiAndChill

    December 1, 2022 at 12:33 am

    The first chess play is a good sacrifice?

  56. coolguy 574

    December 1, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Local elementary school is having another tournament next month. With these tips I’ll finally be able to teach those little kids that they aren’t so smart. Thanks guys!!

  57. Cherry

    December 1, 2022 at 12:41 am

    I love sacrificing my queen. Leveraging the ‘value’ of chess pieces to ‘trick’ an opponent to drop their guard or to have them assume that you made a blunder or have them take the queen to gain control, however they allow me an advantage over the board or a region of the board.
    “All warfare is based on deception” – Sun Tzu

  58. Dominic Moisant

    December 1, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Melon Husk lol

  59. Joe Josephi

    December 1, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Very nice of Levy to boost small content creators like WIRED

  60. D I

    December 1, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Lost to a chess program on a treadmill 🤣👉

  61. Franco Fernando

    December 1, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I’m actually just as impressed that the cheaters are able to remember all of the moves enough to enter them into their smartphone once they get to the toilet

  62. saywut

    December 1, 2022 at 1:06 am

    that example game looked alot like Eric Rosen game vs a cheater, lol.

  63. Arthur Marcil

    December 1, 2022 at 1:06 am


    Well I guess I am a Bot.

    I just sacrificed The King to save a pawn.

  64. Hans B. Dein

    December 1, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Yes the queen sac is not exceptional. The ai behaviour was sacrificing the knight to obtain a position where you could sac the queen

  65. Wafflin

    December 1, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I really don’t understand why the queen didn’t just take the pawn? Like it’s the faster way to win? I don’t get it?

  66. Aaron Eley

    December 1, 2022 at 1:20 am

    first 10 seconds… so many people would play Queen d5. I saw it and Im stupid sooo

  67. Randy Titler

    December 1, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Says human players dont sacrifice,
    ME: a chess novice who will regularly accidentally sacrifice pieces, opponent cant predict you, if you dont know what youre doing yourself

  68. THG

    December 1, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Love the logic is, he can’t be this dumb to take such a risk, or he can’t be this smart to know exactly.

  69. Mr. GG

    December 1, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Everything he said is 100% true, I just wish they’d used a better example for the “sacrifice’ than the Ng5+ into bishop mate. I mean that’s a 2-move forced checkmate if black plays Kg8 which I would not say was insane. If instead you take the knight as fxg5 then you just get fxg5+ which forces Qf6 into a pin. No matter what that Ng5+ move is super strong. I mean it’s pretty likely the dude was cheating but I wouldn’t say that sacrifice was really a clear cut cheating example.

  70. The Hitomiboy

    December 1, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    That example was bad. Thats the exact sequence I would have worked out in a minute or two

  71. Parlè

    December 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Like u choose such a bad position, it doesn’t seem at all like an engine move.

  72. Trap Music Now

    December 1, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    This entire video is null and void when you play against someone who has zero risk adversity and doesn’t care if they win or lose. It’s just wildcard playing lol

  73. Jack

    December 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Where was the chess pro in the video? Sorry I have a bad attention span

    • agogi

      December 2, 2022 at 12:41 am

      Probably the IM

  74. intrusiveThoughts

    December 1, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    What an idiot lmao

  75. aDishTowel

    December 1, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I will never understand why people cheat in an online game with no stakes. They completely taking themselves out of the equation. What’s the point? Where’s the joy of victory in that. If I made a chess AI or a cheat myself I could understand but cheating just to get a win just doesn’t make sense to me. If anyone can enlighten me as to why you cheat and what you get out of it, I would love to hear.

  76. George Derleres

    December 1, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Oh well, the variation where the knight is taken is much more bot-like than the one with the queen sacrifice. GMs can actually play these kind of moves

  77. Soinas Doyi

    December 1, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks my dudes now I know how to avoid being detected

  78. Amy Caspit

    December 1, 2022 at 8:44 pm


  79. Jotaro's_ Dolphins

    December 1, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    The best way to find a cheater in chess is to check their backdoor first

  80. ClubChess

    December 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    anyone rated lower than me who beats me is almost certainly cheating

  81. Sam Hopwood

    December 1, 2022 at 9:40 pm


  82. Ryangg

    December 1, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    the queen sacrifices were horrible examples

  83. A Novice Pro

    December 1, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Is this the guy who were called out Dewa Kipas a cheater but then it turned out Dewa Kipas is actually cheating after all the noise and investigations? Lol good times.

  84. Raoul.__.r

    December 1, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    What… what if he thinks ahead 💀

  85. mage davee

    December 1, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Did I miss something but the example he clearly says he sacrificed a knight, and a queen. He showed the knight captured, but then the knight was back and the king was forced forward because the knight wasn’t captured, which led the queen sacrifice, and then checkmate. Like did he forget the actual moves and only came up with gist of what happened?

  86. Nic (J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan)

    December 1, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    I win 80% easy because of farmbitrage, a combination of farming and arbitrage. Just private challenge rapid chess players to play blitz chess960 lol

  87. McMerry

    December 1, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Lo why cheating? 😂

  88. kdlittle88

    December 2, 2022 at 12:10 am

    “No Human In History Has Ever Played A Sequence Of Moves Like That”. True… Bobby Fischer wasn’t human.

  89. Rony

    December 2, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Is vibrating noise a sign of cheating?

  90. Tokevaeri

    December 2, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Calling gotham a chess pro is like calling hasbullah a pro mma fighter

  91. Zierim

    December 2, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Sianjing membuka luka lama yg telah sembuh 💀💀💀

  92. SenorQuichotte

    December 2, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Levy is a dolt, this “analysis” is total garbage. Go watch Ben Finegold’s video.

  93. THSand

    December 2, 2022 at 1:22 am

    The opening example feels a bit weird, I think any slightly experienced player would see that the queen to D5 move is safe because an attempt to take the queen results in immediate checkmate, and an experienced opponent would see that taking the queen results in checkmate as well.The full version of it later does however feel completely absurd.

  94. Miguel Luhulima

    December 2, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Dewa Kipas cheated and received thousands of dollars lol

  95. ASSASSIN79100

    December 2, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    3:32 Levy missed a spot guys

  96. Taehan Stott

    December 2, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    How to spot cheaters: check if their seat is vibrating

  97. SpeedeeSpeedBoi

    December 2, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Wait i thought thats how grandmasters play. Sacrificing queens and even kings

  98. Roman

    December 2, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    I think many grandmasters would find that sequence and queen sacrifice, not because they “see the future” but because they understand concepts and thus would notice that the king is vulnerable and consequently look for tactics to take advantage of vulnerabilities. The queen sacrifice here is a low to medium difficulty chess puzzle.

  99. NoobsPlay Sensei

    December 2, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Excuse me
    I have seen a man sitting next to me sacrificing a queen to mentally trick the opponent to let their guard down …

  100. D Hurst

    December 2, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    A player wouldn’t find a move that leads to mate in 1 ?

  101. Petr Maly

    December 2, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    “No human in history has ever played a sequence of moves like that” – Well, that’s not true. In 1851 in London Andressen played this strategy in hi “immortal chess game”.

  102. simmojosh

    December 2, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Really should have just let levy talk more rather than butting in

  103. Seyam Rahman

    December 2, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    “No human in history has played a move like that”
    Me constantly sacrificing all my pieces cuz less pieces = simpler: 👁👃👁

  104. Landon Oames

    December 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    i feel like a top level gm would have saw that queen sac tbh

  105. Jaylen Lenear

    December 2, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    The first/final example is also flawed because a tactical player would indeed see Ng5 Qd5 combo (not particularly high rated either. Someone 2100 seeing that wouldn’t surprise me.

  106. Jaylen Lenear

    December 2, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    The online portion allegations are very vague and can and do happen by real people. It’s part of the reason cheating online is so rampant as well because tbh a human can totally pull off a winning streak, be disciplined enough to think consistent time each move and if his opponent plays weak moves obvious to exploit and/or has good opening prep a consistent high accuracy isn’t to uncommon either. Don’t get me wrong someone U2000 achieving all this is sus but plenty people can do everything he said.

  107. El Barto

    December 2, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Levy is a chess cheater

  108. Christmas Play

    December 2, 2022 at 9:41 pm

  109. What's in a name?

    December 2, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    “under your armpit”….
    Yes, yes of course. Nowhere else to hide such a “device”

  110. WillYumLIVE

    December 2, 2022 at 10:57 pm


  111. alexamder hamiltom

    December 2, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    how to spot a cheater : “indonesian names”

  112. Phlegethon

    December 3, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Christ I remember back in the day about to crush this 12 year old rated 1700 or 1800something uscf and all of a sudden you saw his dad in the corner with a laptop he took a pause to go to the bathroom and then his son followed and somehow figured out how to beat me in a seemingly unwinable position for a human

  113. Gustavo Silva

    December 3, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Levy looks so different in the thunbnail. It’s the first time i see someone say “chess pro”, and his haters gonna be like “you can analyze this game! It’s above your level”.

  114. NevermindPlays2.0

    December 3, 2022 at 12:26 am

    The queen example was terrible lmao

  115. Gustavo Silva

    December 3, 2022 at 12:29 am

    0:05 This US style of narration is so weird

  116. R - G - C

    December 3, 2022 at 1:20 am

    The example that was chosen doesn’t make too much sense for experienced players is because that position is meant for beginners to get the general ideas of bots using weird moves to cheat. Sacrificing a Queen is way more counter intuitive for a beginner than maybe a weird positional move.

  117. Turbo 86

    December 3, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Everyone criticising the queen move at the start; this is for noobs like me to get the point quickly.

    Yes, you are correct that it is not a great example for experienced players, but it serves its purpose very well here.

  118. Davus

    December 3, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    I guess im a bot since i play risky dumb moves..

  119. Mattias Sollerman

    December 3, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    If my opponent found that queen sac on the board I’d be 100% sure they’d either be cheating or has solved at least one tactics exercise in their life. Perhaps several.

    • Cowtymsmiesznego

      December 3, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      XDDD that’s a good way to put it.

  120. Fluf Pet

    December 3, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Chess players should start playing in rooms that don’t allow signals enter

  121. Piotr Krajewski

    December 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    How to spot a cheater in chess?

    He twerks in morse code.


  122. Nathaniel Krefman

    December 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    If black had just resisted the urge to take the queen, white would have to attack the pawn at e6 to put the king in check, and black could take the queen with the bishop at c3. I’m not good at chess, so maybe I’m missing something, but I feel like this more shows that black isn’t good at chess as opposed to showing that white is an AI.

    White could also have sacrificed the bishop at e4 rather than the queen to the same end, and it looks more obvious and less suspicious, since the queen is already in line to put the king in check with the black pawn at e6 out of the way.

    Another point. Queen retreating to C1 ends up forcing a queen trade where the black queen takes it at C1 and the rook takes the black queen. While it’s a “fair trade,” it’s not obviously a good outcome unless you have a plan going several moves even past that. That’s complex enough to think about that considering other lines is worth it, which I think would make queen d5 more appealing.

  123. Kimbo Appleby

    December 3, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Theres an option on one of the chess app to have this option as it teaches you the moves, however your literally playing against another ai

  124. Nathan Cohen

    December 3, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    That Queen sacrifice into double Bishop mate is really not as suspicious as this video is making it out, imo. It’s a mate in 2, which is a pretty common thing if you do a lot of puzzles. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see a puzzle like that.
    The Knight play is a little iffy, but it seems really hard to say that’s definitely a cheater off of just those couple of plays.

    • Timo

      December 4, 2022 at 12:20 am

      Its one thing to figure out a puzzle when you know there is a solution and another to consider obscure moves in a game where you are not guaranteed a forced win.

  125. J D

    December 3, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Is this guy Joshua Weissman’s cousin?

  126. First name Last name

    December 3, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    This guy is not even a high level chess player.
    Wtf is anyone listening to this amateur? LMFAOO

    Guy is funny and a good youtuber, but he should stick within his realm of expertise.

  127. First name Last name

    December 3, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Such a dumb example, awful video WIRED.
    Guy is funny and a good youtuber, but he should stick within his realm of expertise.

  128. First name Last name

    December 3, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    1:16 Are u stupid??
    It’s not Artificial Intelligence HAHAHA
    It’s machine and deep learning, 100% not interchangeable.

  129. Max R

    December 3, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    The editing where they are doing the line analysis is absolutely shocking … just stay on one board or keep split screen

  130. AJ P

    December 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    What a weird example to use. Qd5 can be found literally just by checking for checks.

    • Metasyn

      December 3, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      Yeah, once the knight has moved, then the follow up with the queen seems fairly obvious.

      Moving that knight though is kinda weird, since a knight for a pawn without an immediate checkmate seems pretty weird.

  131. Sean Hunt

    December 3, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Niemann already admitted cheating, I don’t know who he thinks he’s fooling. Cheater. Ban him.

  132. kiraPh1234k

    December 3, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Sacrifices aren’t as strange as Gotham is trying to claim. Especially that queen sac.

  133. connor

    December 3, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    that opening move does not seem so crazy but maybe thats just me im like 900 elo after all lol

  134. Mike Rafone

    December 3, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    lmao i totally misheard it and thought it said: _”wiredass top chess youtuber levy rozman..”_

  135. tor ו

    December 3, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    How to spot cheaters, or as I like to call it, how to remember the Dewa Kipas scandal

  136. JackPost06

    December 3, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    the example isn’t that robotic, I feel like some people would be able to see it

  137. Timo

    December 3, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    The queensac complaining has overblown in the comments. The move is HARD to find:

    First the video shows queensac, its findable.
    Then the video shows that it starts with a knight sacrifice, which means you have to consider two obscure moves ahead.
    The move is still findable, especially in a puzzle scenario where you know there is an answer but if you add everything together (player has 100% winrate, has account for under week, 90+% accuracy every game…) you can safely say you either play against genious which is unlikely, a smurf which is unfortunate or a cheater which is the most likely case.

    (Oh and I agree about the part where most suspicious moves on high ranks are the weird moves where you just move a safe piece to WORSE position seemingly wasting a move but its actually best move because it prevents something happening in 5 moves. Problem is that those moves aren’t suspicious on lower ranks because players just don’t know what to do and decide to move a piece for no reason all the time, making it difficult to spot cheaters)

  138. Grεεk Frog

    December 4, 2022 at 12:01 am

    This makes me scared of the progression of AI. Also, if you’re a cheater, just find something you’re naturally good at and do that. Don’t ruin things for other people. That’s dumb.

  139. bruv.

    December 4, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Well…. I sacrifises everything for faster checkmate and still got 60-70% accuracy, even i sacrifising a queen for checkmate in the next move and it categorized as blunder move

  140. Jared B

    December 4, 2022 at 12:51 am

    If a computer can play your game better then you, it’s time to find a new game. Happened in poker with me.

  141. Jordan Gersson

    December 4, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    Hahahhaha dewa kipas destroyers

  142. s0lid

    December 4, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    im so proud of seeing levy in here

  143. VDX

    December 4, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    They didn’t show the bishop stall.

  144. T

    December 4, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Isn’t this the guy who claimed Hans was cheating with no proof? Why should I listen to this tool?

    • David Liu

      December 4, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      No, that is Magnus Carlsen.

  145. cheezesaints

    December 4, 2022 at 4:09 pm


  146. Because You Can 2

    December 4, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    I make those sacrifice moves. And a chess “master” would also. Bad logic

  147. Unknown Filmmaker

    December 4, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Lots of stuff here makes sense but I reject the idea that such sacrifices are automatically suspicious. I mean, people can feel that way if they want, but it doesn’t mean it’s correct. I play like that all the time as a point of being creative and seeing what is possible. People need to be careful with such assumptions because that can hurt the game as much as cheating can.

  148. Loki

    December 4, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    The first example is tragically bad imo

    I guess its fine not to give a new player that credit but the King is very obviously vulnerable and you only need to think 1 move ahead to conclude Queen sacrifice

  149. PENG JES

    December 4, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    That sacrifice really wasn’t odd. “No human has ever played a sequence like that” 🤣 o..kay.
    Get your point, but that was still only a few moves ahead versus some of the AI stuff where they run down their pieces and somehow win with 3 pawns and a bishop vs a full board

  150. levet byck

    December 4, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    just interested when this vid actually was made..

  151. mike

    December 4, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    thanks for making it easier to evade cheat detection!

  152. Justin Music and Skateboarding

    December 4, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Some of the claims in this video are outright nonsense. Really, nobody in the HISTORY of humanity has EVER made a move like that??? Anybody whose able to plan more than 3 moves ahead must be a cheater??? Such idiocy

  153. Alex Vladimirov

    December 4, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Why wouldn’t a human sacrifice a queen for checkmate? That was a bad example.

  154. Tang Solaris

    December 4, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Poor initial example

  155. Shark Tank Poker

    December 4, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    One time I was playing ANTI-CHESS online and it was an unrated game

    All of a sudden “CHEAT DETECTED, YOU WIN” popped up

    Wtf…. LOL

  156. Kat V

    December 4, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    I *always* move the trash pawns out of the way and only use the back row. Guess I’m a genius according to him 🙂

  157. Ham Hotpocket

    December 4, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    “I once lost to a treadmill” I f’ing lost it xD

  158. Darles Chickens

    December 4, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    So I thought this said “Cheese pro explains how to spot cheesers”

  159. Garry Quack

    December 4, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    1:30 you just have to listen for the vibrations

  160. rdt arcade

    December 5, 2022 at 1:00 am

    I think i will start cheating in chess just to annoy this guy

  161. SnowDinner

    December 5, 2022 at 1:02 am

    I mean the first example is not that hard to do. I would see it 9/10 times. I get the general concept of why they used that example though

  162. Llyon Nel

    December 5, 2022 at 1:21 am

    External or internal 🤔 question life will throw at me that will never be solved

  163. FEnCSERX

    December 5, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Honestly… that bot move looked findable in a classical game.

  164. Roy Mustang

    December 5, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Whut, I have seen some people sacrificing their Queen in the live match, it’s not that unusual to sacrifice a strong piece to victory

  165. Enigma Vids

    December 5, 2022 at 6:10 am

    As someone that has quit multiple video games due to cheaters. I hope it gets sorted out to protect the integrity of chess.

    Cheaters are selfish dimwits with no respect/honor/integrity. Disrupting an entire franchise of competition to fuel their ego.

    If you disagree I’ll assume you’re one of those rats, not sorry.

  166. VugtBoy

    December 5, 2022 at 6:53 am

    How did they know he was doing the iphone thing on the toilet, who was looking!

  167. terminal lima

    December 5, 2022 at 7:02 am

    (Dewa Kipas left the chat)

  168. Brian Finnegan

    December 5, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Ironic getting a Jew to show how to cheat

  169. Anthony Sanchez

    December 5, 2022 at 8:14 am

    ThT first move he showed us is a power move bc no matter what it puts them in a bad spot

  170. c0rrupt reality

    December 5, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Lol nerds

  171. Jeremy Gallardo

    December 5, 2022 at 10:26 am

    “no human in history has played a sequence of moves like that”…. I have

  172. Pao Chongloi パオです。

    December 5, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Me who is average 🤣
    Sacrifice Queen too so am i a AI too.
    I mean i see chess as to protect the King no matter what Queen is reasonable to protect till the last because she is the most flexible in the field but in the end she is just a Pawn to play for victory. Now considering sacrificing the Queen is considered AI is just “Meh” to me tbh.
    Don’t get me wrong i am no expert but never thought Expert would go to the extent saying this kinda weird me out.

  173. Akasha DxD

    December 5, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Ill be honest if u dont sacrefice like that ur just bad at Chess when its so obvious that u can trap the enemy like that

  174. Sigma chad

    December 5, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    I have cheated only when fighting againts my friends

  175. Sofia Guzman

    December 5, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Omg I’ve known you for years now, I am so proud you are in Wired!!!! Love you!!

  176. Alexander Man

    December 5, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Sacrifice the quin for nothing=win in one move, this was the type of chess puzzles I had in chess school, and only after passing all the puzzles of such sort I would be allowed to play (in that particular day) this is called thinking out of the box, something you are supposed to do in chess

    • Mauer01

      December 5, 2022 at 10:54 pm

      without the knight check first this wouldnt have worked though.
      and without the plan of the queen the knight check is just plain stupid.
      yes its worded bad, but the situation is a good example

  177. ChristophGangrel

    December 5, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    “No human players make sacrifes like this.”
    Me who made stupid sacrifices because of rookie mistakes that in the end led to victories: “Maybe I am a machine” (Vision.jpg)

  178. TheUKNutter

    December 5, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    These moves are easy to find and are terrible examples of exposing cheaters. The video is a shame.

  179. Crisscross

    December 5, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    IM Lost to a threadmill 😭

  180. ComplexOri

    December 5, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Leela: I’m the best chess player in the world!
    Stockfish: No I am!
    ???: Pfft, amateurs
    Leela & Stockfish: What did you say punk?
    Edward Lasker: Amateurs (Edward Lasker vs George Alan Thomas 1912)

  181. Trent Sullivan

    December 5, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    I disagree. In the move that he deemed suspicious sacrificing the Queen is really not all that suspicious if you know you can end the game in one move after that. I’ve made plenty of moves like that and never even played online or knew about cheating software

  182. Louis Robitaille

    December 5, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    0:05 That’s the kind of move I’d make. Not because I’m some sort of genius on the level of AIs but because I’m too focused on another part of the board to see the pawn 🥲.

  183. Ahoy Matey

    December 5, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    A 1 move checkmate after a queen sacrifice is evidence of a bot? O.k LMFAO, trash video ! I am now introducing myself as a grandmaster, I clearly deserve the title.

  184. Björn Eriksson

    December 5, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Horrible editing

  185. Garl Vinland

    December 5, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    “A person wouldn’t sac a Queen to get a checkmate”

    Ummmmm… what? A bad player wouldn’t maybe.

  186. Adolfo Coy

    December 5, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    I thought Gotham Chess was tired of the drama?

  187. Bui Doi

    December 5, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Honestly, the example is only suspicious if the white player had to think every move. If they moved the Knight and then played the forced checkmate instantly, then it is not suspicious. I could believe a human could find that checkmate

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