|Personal notes and announcements of the webmaster|
April 26, 2004
ACL Swiss: Round 4
The start of round 4 has to be delayed by (at least) another week. Sorry! Setting up my development system takes more time than expected.
The good news is: an experienced arbiter offered his help. This could mean better and faster pairings - you would no longer have to wait for your slow webmaster to do his job...
April 21, 2004
The HCL Swiss tournament is now available on the normal Games page. Currently, 75 players are already enrolled in this tournament.
If you are interested, you should hurry up: the number of participants is limited to 200 players.
April 18, 2004
Did you notice the plural 's'? Yes, we now have two Swiss tournaments!
There are still a lot of players who don't have chess engines - or who do not like to use them in our tournaments. I can understand that. And I must ask all participants to strictly follow the HCL rules: NO CHESS ENGINES, please!
On the other hand, I must warn you: I will not prosecute any suspicions in this direction. Should you suspect that your opponent is cheating with his chess program - simply try your best or resign that game.
This tournament introduces a modified chess clock: you cannot accumulate more than 20 days on your clock (would be difficult in a Greyhound tournament, anyway). This type of clock will soon be used in normal league tournaments, too.
Round 4 of the ACL Swiss
Don't worry, I am not talking about the PlayChess server. But my development computer crashed some days ago.
Of course, I have backups of all relevant files. Nothing is lost forever. But I must set up a new development computer: not difficult, but time-consuming.
By the way, the conditional moves will be phantastic! Most of the programming work is already done. During my tests, I fell in love with this feature - how could PlayChess exist for such a long time without it?
A side product of this development is that you will be able to see your moves immediately: you enter g1-f3 (with mouse or keyboard) and the Knight jumps from g1 to f3.
I hope to resolve my computer problems within the following two weeks. My priorities are as follows:
And now: back to work!