John (Jesus_Saves), I strongly believe that Sniper scouted my setup with a second account (or he got the setup in some other way that he has not disclosed). Also, there are other factors that reinforce my view.
See below the setup that I used against him. I don't record games, but I really wish I had done for this one.
In the game, there weren't a lot of pieces that had moved floating around. It was clear that he knew all my pieces from Major upwards. Every time I would bring out a piece, he would avoid it with the same or lower piece, but would be willing to risk his higher piece by moving next to it even though he couldn't capture it (unless he would chase it to capture it and/or other pieces, which he never did).
It made sense that he suspected my gen was a high piece, but it seemed clear that he knew it was a gen and not a marsh or col. What was odd is that he would risk his marsh to touch against pieces (witihout capturing, but would not risk it against my spy, which was in a very unusual position). He also clearly knew that my marsh was a marsh, even though I had moved it up a couple of spaces (it was next to my miner, I think, which is one piece above it), but he clearly knew that this was a weak piece and that the marsh was the marsh. This happened so many times that it was baffling. Eventually, he started to trade high pieces (gen for gen), (col for col), etc.
He was keeping the game close. What I don't understand is why he risked his high pieces just to gain limited information (e.g. move a marshal against another piece without capturing, all you do is confirm that it is not a spy). It's such a risk for so little reward. He could have easily just trapped a few pieces together and killed them, but he never did this. So on one hand, he was "great" at identifying pieces, but poor on capitalising on this information decisively. By comparison, other players like the Van Geffen's are good at "educated guesses" on pieces, but they will capitalise on the risk that they will lose a high piece, but gain a medium piece and also gain information.
The other issue for me is how he got so good at this "determination of pieces" with so few games played online. As far as I'm aware, he hasn't disclosed to playing other top players offline, but just mentioned he played it with friends.
The third issue is why he is not willing to expose his real identity to anyone (as far as I'm aware). Apparently, he lives in the Netherlands, but doesn't go to Live tournaments. He won't play via Skype or similar mediums.
Lastly, it seems that a number of other players are suspicious of his behaviour, as has been previously reported on the forums.
I admit that there is a small chance that I'm wrong, but for me, I believe my accusation beyond a reasonable doubt.
I think he comes across as a nice person, which makes him different than the typical person that I would suspect. I don't think being nice means that all is above board though.
Also, I don't think playing him multiple times will prove anything. All it will do is help me to understand his style better. I would create completely new setups, so he wouldn't be able to cheat anyway. My main concern is that he is not being transparent about his other accounts and thus should not be playing in tournaments.
Edited by josephwhite, 04 April 2019 - 10:43 AM.