What's new on PlayChess ?
PlayChess diary.WHEN(New features,December 1st 2003)
We will soon have "blogs" on our site. But these do not work yet. Please ignore the web log links on the community page.
The tournament page of the PlayChess Open has been re-designed.
On the game page a small icon shows if computers are allowed for this game.WHEN(PlayChess Open,October 27th 2003)
The second round of the PCO will start tomorrow at 12:00 GMT. These games are marked as paused until the clocks are started automatically.WHEN(Corrections,October 27th 2003)
The early promotion algorithm has been buggy. I corrected that. The classes of several players will be adjusted (sorry for the delay!).
The flags for automatic translations are back, currently on this page only. Please give me some feedback if they work correctly (technically).WHEN(PGN download,August 27th 2003)
I nearly forgot to mention that you can download the Portable Game Notation (PGN) of running games since recently (thank you, Harvey!). A corresponding link is beneath the move dialog of each game.WHEN(PCO News,August 26th 2003)
The PlayChess Open began yesterday with the first move of player HFlew just 10 seconds since the boards were "free". Currently, the fastest games are already beyond move 10.
The games of the first round start on 13:43 GMT. 186 members from 35 countries (from Argentina to Zimbabwe) compete in this first Swiss tournament.
The pairings of this first round are based on the "effective" rating (TER) of the players. This TER is a weighted average of each player's ACL and HCL ratings. Such an artificial rating is neccessary, because more than half of the players do not have a regular ACL rating. However, the TER is only used for pairing purposes. The rating calculation at the end of the games is based upon the regular ACL rating of the players.
Logout. The logout link in the main menu above prevents others from abusing your account. You should use it whenever you leave the site for a longer time (say, more than an hour). This is of special importance is you do not accept cookies, because then your session id (SID) is visible in the address line of your browser.
Country flags. Clicking on the country flags shows you interesting information about each country. This is shown in a (one!) separate window.WHEN(PlayChess Open,August 19th 2003)
Bad news: the recent database rollback caused some problems that "de-stabilized" the system. As it seems, I could resolve these problems. But I do not dare to start the new tournament under these circumstances. Furthermore, I had little time for the preparations.
The start of the PCO will be shifted by some days. Please let me observe the system and check for any hidden problems. The new start date for the PCO is Monday, August 25th.WHEN(Server rollback,August 17th 2003)
Many of you noticed that moves played on August 15th got lost. The reason is that the PlayChess database has been "rolled back" because of server problems. For the first time during PlayChess' life (3 years), a database backup has been restored.
Please try to repeat any changes you made during this period (moves, draw offers, resigned games, changes to your player profile, etc.). If your opponent made one of the "lost moves" and does not repeat it, it might be a good idea to send him an email with a hint.WHEN(New settings available,August 6th 2003)
I corrected the color display of many of the page layouts offered under "Preferences". This should drastically improve the usability for MSN TV (WebTV) users. In addition I added a new page size "Small" for this purpose.
Non-members can no longer add links, images and statements to their player information. This change is neccessary, because some players used this feature to publish abusive content.WHEN(New tournaments,August 1st 2003)
The PlayChess Open 2003, our first swiss tournament, is waiting for you. You can even win some prizes! Furthermore, there are double-rounded tournaments available in all classes of HCL and ACL. You play 2 games with each of the other 4 players. (members only)WHEN(Version 3.0,July 31st 2003)
The promised features are now available. Many of these features are not yet described in the help section. This will be done in the following days/weeks. Until then, please read our news page for details.
The new tournaments (double-rounded, swiss) will be set up during the following hours.WHEN(Major update,July 2003)
The following changes will be visible next month (July 2003) - unless someone has good arguments that forbid these changes.
All of these features are ready for publication. But some of them require additional resources (more power!). Therefor, we will upgrade to an even faster (and more expensive) server; this should guarantee better performance - even with the new features.
Tournaments and games:
Improvements and corrections
These tournaments have a fast pace: 5 days + 18 hours. They are restricted to paying members and can only be recommended for very engaged players that login several times a day. Remember: PlayChess is a global site - timezones might play a role in Greyhound tournaments.
This is the first new tournament type. Others may follow after some experience has been made. Please post your feedback in the forum.WHEN(Time increment of Fischer clocks,Jan 12th 2003)
The time added to your clock after each move is now shown as hours (no longer in days). But this doesn't change the pace of tournaments already running, only the display format has changed.
Turtle tournaments are now shown as 10+48, meaning 10 days initial time and 48 hours increment after each move. Similarily, rabbit tournaments are now displayed as 5+24.
This is a preparation of new tournament types with faster time controls.WHEN(Some internal changes,Jan 4th 2003)
In preparation of some new features I changed the internal data structure. You shouldn't see any changes - if everything works as expected.