Historic News Messages
Nothing is older than yesterday's news. But if you could not visit the site for a longer period, you might be interested in what happened during your absence.
Happy New Year! - December 31st 2001
You can download the Portable Game Notation (PGN) of all valid games of the past year in the games section.
Let me thank you all for your loyalty and help!
Some say that PlayChess is the best chess site on the web. If this is true (don't expect me to contradict), then simply because it has the best "audience". You supplied so many ideas, error reports, criticism and feedback that I will be busy for years - I love it!
Your first Christmas present - December 16th 2001
From now until the end of 2001, all member-only pages (those with the blue triangle) are open for members and guests alike. This does not affect the number of games allowed.
You may notice that I replaced the old Java applet with a new one (with courtesy of MyChess.com). This applet is really nice and does not suffer from the restrictions of the previous applet regarding pawn promotion.
Good news for international citizens: I developed a strategy for "cheap" international payments. And you will even be able to get a Premium membership! However, I still must clarify some details, but will publish the new payment methods in the next two weeks.
Membership for German players - December 6th 2001
Deutsche Spieler können ab sofort per Überweisung oder Euroscheck bezahlen. Einzelheiten finden Sie auf einer speziellen Seite (auf Deutsch).
Membership payments - December 2nd 2001
Alternative ways to transfer membership fees are currently "under development". Details will follow soon.
PlayChess - Next Generation - November 22nd 2001
What has changed?
Important hint: The game limits determine if you may enroll in new tournaments. But they have no influence on already running games. If your number of running games exceeds these game limits, don't worry - simply play your games to their regular end.
Union of classes X and M - August 25th 2001
Why you shouldn't play chess at PlayChess - August 22nd 2001
Page menus - August 13th 2001
Site performance - August 3rd 2001
Move messages - July 29th 2001
Furthermore, you may now enter messages when resigning or accepting draw.
These messages will be sent to your opponent by email, but do not appear
in the game history.
Email virus - July 27th 2001
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Disposition: message text Hi! How are you? I send you this file in order to have your advice See you later. Thanks
If you get such a message, don't open the attached file! Infected computers will send out messages like this to everyone in the address book. It might be a good idea to check your computer for viruses - even if you never got such a message.
You can find a patch at AntiVirus.com. Search for "TROJ_SIRCAM.A". (Thank you, Luis!)
Just to make it clear: this virus has nothing to do with playchess.
I just noticed its existence.
Clock problem "solved" - July 27th 2001
Solution of clock problem - July 22nd 2001
Finished games. I have corrected the clocks of finished games to approximate values. Therefore, the rating history on your statistics pages may look somewhat strange, because the order of the games is not exactly correct. Don't worry, your rating has been calculated correctly!
Many games that were about to time out soon have been prolonged through my error.
I will correct that in the following 2-3 days: the clocks of all those artificially prolonged
games will be cut down to 3 days for the player to move.
This gives these games opportunity to time out gracefully.
Early promotion and demotion - July 21st 2001
From now on, all tournament pages have a link "Check for early promotion and demotion
When you click on this link, the system checks if any players from this tournament
can be promoted or demoted - before the tournament is over.
Please use this possibility only if there is a realistic chance that
players might be promoted or demoted. This check puts a considerable load on the system.
Limitation on parallel games - June 13th 2001
This is better, since you are in control of the number of games you play,
but not of the number of running tournaments
(other players may "stall" the progress of these tournaments),
Up to 50 concurrent games are possible.
Emails reactivated - June 13th 2001
The email system has been replaced by a completely different one.
This should avoid all the problems of the old system.
Game History - May 12th 2001
Move messages on the game page itself are now displayed for a limited time only (as it should be).
Thanks to all players that provided some feedback in the playchess survey!
The statistical results
are still available.
Game and Tournament Directories - April 15th 2001
registration page for more details.
The PlayChess Survey - April 11th 2001
By the way: you might see some interesting
Annotated Games - March 29th 2001
A tiny and difficult to find bug caused all the trouble
Move Dialog - March 29th 2001
Games available again! - March 14th 2001
Of course they claim that it was my fault (but I didn't change anything in the last 3 weeks). I suppose (I do not get a clear answer from them) they installed a different version of the database software on the new system - without notifying me of possible problems.
I programmed a work-around and hope that everything works correctly again. Everything? No, the annotated games are not working yet - this will come in one or two days.
Due to these changes I have been forced to upload a new version of the game section that allows for skipping between your open games. This has not been tested sufficiently. In fact, I know of some minor bugs in this algorithm. Please try to ignore these shortcomings, they will be corrected soon.
I corrected the clocks of all running games (added 6 days). This should prevent that games are lost by time due to the above problems. Please notify me if this happened to one of your games, I will reactivate it then.
Please accept my apologies for all these inconveniences.
5 Player Rabbit Tournaments - February 22th 2001
Find Player - February 10th 2001
The new Find Player page will help you.
New Features - February 10th 2001
History and Statistics:
Sending messages to players:
Status Report - February 2nd 2001
Site performance - January 24th 2001
Database technology - January 22nd 2001