Think beyond the board

Chess has a rich history and has undergone many changes in form and purpose. Today, chess holds significance in many areas, including arts, business, education, culture, diplomacy, and sports.

Due to its complexity and transferability, it serves the perfect platform for testing AI and proving concepts for broader applications of technology. Think Deep Blue, Alpha Zero, Open Ai, think beyond the board; think immersive convergence, the entertainment of tomorrow.

Problem

Whilst AI and Chess engines have been a boom for the game, they have also become a major issue for online play due to their misuse for cheating, in addition to other third-party aides.

Szuper solution

Checkmate Fairplay dashboard

Fresh eyes
on Fairplay

Ever wondered why other online chess platforms don’t offer regular cash prizes like esports tournaments? Or why you can’t wager on online chess tournaments like most esports or sports?

Cheating is the key reason, and it's a major issue in online chess that can spoil the experience for players and disrupt a competition's integrity. The problem has been amplified as billions of games are played online every month, as the 700 million people who play chess shift from over the board to online.

As part of Checkmate's technical approach to fair play, it recently acquired , an innovative AI and computer vision-based technology designed to monitor players in real-time during competitive matches, ensuring a level playing field.

The solution has been battle-tested by grandmasters across multiple tournaments as a client-based anti-cheat and is currently being ported to the cloud, paired with our inhouse anti-cheat, in-game video feature and Avatar system with the assistance of the team at Tencent Cloud.

Checkmate's Avatar system provides competitive players the option to mask their privacy whilst playing or streaming. To further protect your privacy, we use a third party KYC provider which provides hashed  biometrics data for proof of identity and liveness detection. KYC verification is required for all players who wish to play in competitive matches outside the Arcade mode. Once verified, you will be assigned a  soulbound token against your non-custodial wallet. This wallet is the wallet all future payouts will be made to.

In addition to Tencent Cloud support, Checkmate is also partnering with a leading university [TBA] to support it's Ai R&D program, which goes beyond LLM's and focuses on a multi-model approach to fair play, sports analytics, and immersive broadcasts.

Humans
ALWAYS
included

Machines are here to serve humanity. Checkmate's AI Anti-cheat is complemented by Checkmate's integrity team and governance measures, including oversight from the Esports Integrity Commission, Asian Chess Federation, Arab Esports Federation, and other groups we have partnered with that are committed to fair play.

Suspicious games are flagged by our real-time cheat engine, matched against a fair play score, and, if required, reviewed by our integrity team for deeper analysis as per our standard operating procedure. Appeals can be made for competitive games that result in disqualification, suspension, or a ban. Players are encouraged to report other players suspected of cheating, but if driven by bad sportsmanship, it may impact their own score.

All competitive pass holders are allocated a reporting buffer, and once exceeded, appeals and reporting become user pays. Admins and players have the option to run deeper AI game analysis or elevate the case to the Integrity Committee.All players have the right to a hearing with the Integrity Committee, which includes the Head of Integrity, an independent arbitrator, and a representative appointed by the players' council.

These meetings are held at predetermined intervals or at the request of Checkmate management. A nominal appeal fee is payable to compensate the independent arbitrator and players' council representative. The community may sponsor this fee from the community treasury, or Checkmate may choose to on a case-by-case basis. The fee will be refundable if the committee rules in the player's favour.

Matches flagged for match fixing or serious misconduct will be referred to the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), which may undertake their own independent review. Referrals to the ESIC should be taken seriously as their investigations can result in criminal prosecution. Checkmate is a member of ESIC, as are a number of major video game publishers, which may result in a player being sanctioned by these publishers as well. Checkmate is committed to recognising and enforcing the sanctions imposed on any person where the Asian Chess Federation, ESIC or another member of ESIC has imposed a sanction. In short, if you cheat with us you will be banned in most international esports and chess tournaments.

Rated players and official federation events will be reported to the appropriate governance body who may apply their own rulings; a Federation ruling is independent of a competitive ruling made by Checkmate.

Further details about Checkmate's Fair Play policies, integrity score and penalty index will be published online prior to the beta period. Our Fair play policy will apply to all competitive players and all rulings will be in the interests of transparency and fairplay.

Play by the rules and we all win. 

Generative Ai

Checkmate  leverages AI in certain aspects of art production. Much like our Web3 approach, it's a hybrid approach that augments our workflow. Original artists are commissioned for Avatar and card art, maintaining the spirit of collectibles and providence. Engines are trained using an artist's concept art for media production and broadcasts.

Guardrails

Checkmate also leverages AI in certain aspects of art production. Much like our Web3 approach, it's a hybrid approach that augments our workflow. Original artists are commissioned for Avatar and card art, maintaining the spirit of collectibles and providence. Engines are trained using an artist's concept art for media production and broadcasts.