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by irrawang
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Turing’s Machine
Replies: 2
Views: 609

Re: Turing’s Machine

Turochamp has a most unusual style in that it tends to avoid exchanging pieces. Cost me $7.99 for the full version as the free version just makes blunders.

I updated my iPad and now it claimed that this site is unsecured. Do I need to worry?
by irrawang
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Turing’s Machine
Replies: 2
Views: 609

Turing’s Machine

Found a new app for the iPad called Turing’s Machine. A modern adaptation of Tourochamp, Alan Turing’s 1947 chess program/evaluation function+search ideas. Although the evaluation function is basic it can play up 2000 elo using modern processors etc. A lot of fun.
by irrawang
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: MY ONE WISH
Replies: 20
Views: 20608

Re: MY ONE WISH

Very true, what can I say, I am plain lazy. Having my vision treate soon which will help.
by irrawang
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: MY ONE WISH
Replies: 20
Views: 20608

Re: MY ONE WISH

Been working on this: http://www.net-chess.com/newboard/test.html It scales to the width of the screen, but not the height yet, so you might have to make the window smaller. I really need that larger board now. I had my cataracts done 3 years ago and now my vision is starting to haze up, so it's of...
by irrawang
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Favorite Openings?!
Replies: 8
Views: 4447

Re: Favorite Openings?!

The lower your rating the less important are the opening moves. Computer analysis shows that at my level I make weak moves and blunders more often than I care to admit. What is the use of playing the opening like a strong GM and then playing the rest of the game like a 1600 patzer?
by irrawang
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: K vs K. The game continues!?!?!
Replies: 4
Views: 2929

Re: K vs K. The game continues!?!?!

The System apparently recognises draws by repetition but not by insufficient material. Next comes draws by the 50 move rule.
by irrawang
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Now I just don't like to lose.
Replies: 0
Views: 2115

Now I just don't like to lose.

Previously to playing on Net-chess.com I HATED to lose. I'd even sulk and not make a move for a few days. But having lost hundred of on-line games both here and elsewhere losing is no longer a big deal. Online chess has also helped me stay calm when playing over-the-board, as after playing a thousan...
by irrawang
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are we getting stronger?
Replies: 2
Views: 3593

Re: Are we getting stronger?

Thanks Abiodun, your appreciation is appreciated. Your three methods of study are exactly what the chess writer IM Cecil Purdy recommended, especially the study of your own games. I am pretty useless with regular computers but I can manage an iPad. An iPhone is on my wish list.
by irrawang
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are we getting stronger?
Replies: 2
Views: 3593

Are we getting stronger?

Chess players these days are generally stronger than 20 years ago because we have so many aids to improvement, especially with iPads, tablets and smart phones, as they are so easy to use. My rating here on Net-chess went up when I started playing against the engine apps on the iPad. It used to avera...
by irrawang
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Books, Software, and Websites
Topic: Lichess.org has grown into the BEST chess site ever.
Replies: 5
Views: 10759

Re: Lichess.org has grown into the BEST chess site ever.

I know other sites have thematic openings. For example GameKnot and Chess.com have preset thematic openings, which is good and well, but what if you wanted the position after 1.a3 a6 2.b3 b6 3.c3 c6 4.h3 h6 5.g3 g6 6.f3 d6 ? The possibilities are infinite here on net-chess. I'd be pleased to know if...
by irrawang
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Books, Software, and Websites
Topic: Lichess.org has grown into the BEST chess site ever.
Replies: 5
Views: 10759

Re: Lichess.org has grown into the BEST chess site ever.

Net-chess.com is my favourite chess site. I mostly play correspondence games and I find this site suits me fine. It's very easy to join or start a new tournament and one unique feature is being able to have any thematic opening you want. Another feature I like is in the profile/game history which is...
by irrawang
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SYSTEM TOURNAMENTS
Replies: 0
Views: 2334

SYSTEM TOURNAMENTS

The System tournament currently available has no one rated over 2300 (so far) which is great to see. It has a few newcomers also. Beammeupscotty is once again the standard bearer for this tournament. I'll have to follow this one.
by irrawang
Sat May 20, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Books, Software, and Websites
Topic: Lichess.org has grown into the BEST chess site ever.
Replies: 5
Views: 10759

Re: Lichess.org has grown into the BEST chess site ever.

Seems Lichess is mainly for live chess and variants.
by irrawang
Thu May 18, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: MY ONE WISH
Replies: 20
Views: 20608

Re: MY ONE WISH

The proposed new board looks great and is equal to anything out there. I realise that the preferred option is to set up a real chess board. This also has the added advantage of helping when you play OTB games as 2d computer boards tend to destroy my sight of the board and I have to practice with a r...
by irrawang
Tue May 16, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: MY ONE WISH
Replies: 20
Views: 20608

MY ONE WISH

My one wish here on net-chess would be for improved chess board graphics. Maybe slightly larger and with better colours. I find this site strains my eyes more than other sites. No harm in having a dream.
by irrawang
Tue May 09, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Books, Software, and Websites
Topic: Some of you...
Replies: 2
Views: 3419

Re: Some of you...

The forum doesn't seem to be working properly. Certainly different from the last 5 years.
by irrawang
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RATING PERFORMANCE GRAPH
Replies: 2
Views: 4271

Re: RATING PERFORMANCE GRAPH

Just discovered that if you click on the grey line on the Rating Performance Graph a window pops up showing the actual expected score. Not sure if this graph is all that useful but it does show the influence of the ratings floor and ceiling and the effect of some players constant time outs. Interest...
by irrawang
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Here's to all cheaters
Replies: 6
Views: 8398

Re: Here's to all cheaters

Hey, we are so fortunate to have chess-net.com. Ive just been browsing on Chess.com and there is a great deal a paranoia about cheating, especially in vote chess (!!) and daily chess. A surprising number of players are banned, from 5 to 10% and they are the ones that get caught. I am always thankful...
by irrawang
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: KOMODO on Chess Tempo
Replies: 0
Views: 2338

KOMODO on Chess Tempo

I've just noticed Komodo analysis is available on Chess Tempo games Database, OMG.
by irrawang
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Best wishes...
Replies: 1
Views: 3386

Re: Best wishes...

We have to wonder what impact this will have on the chess fraternity. That is the serious question -P.
by irrawang
Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Chess.com vs I.C.C.
Replies: 5
Views: 5966

Re: Chess.com vs I.C.C.

what dampens serious correspondence chess is the use of engines.

I am more than happy playing on net-chess.com. Very few engine users here and certainly none at my level.
by irrawang
Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What is the best number of games to have?
Replies: 9
Views: 11657

Re: What is the best number of games to have?

More time equals better chess. With too many games I tend to become careless.
by irrawang
Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Problems Loading Net-Chess
Replies: 2
Views: 4073

Re: Problems Loading Net-Chess

Same here, I couldn't get response from the server for several days. We're back on line now, so all is well with the world :wink:.
by irrawang
Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ratings
Replies: 1
Views: 3626

Re: ratings

According to one member's forum post you'd need to subtract 800 from your net-chess rating to get an approximate Elo rating. My ACF rating is 1480 (Glicko), so maybe you'd need to subtract 900, but I like to think Ausralian ratings in the lower range are depressed by about 100 or so. So 1600-1700 US...
by irrawang
Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Posting Matches
Replies: 3
Views: 5254

Re: Posting Matches

I tried the same moves and it worked fine. Suggest you try again.
by irrawang
Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ratings floor and ceiling, does it help accuracy ?
Replies: 1
Views: 3826

Ratings floor and ceiling, does it help accuracy ?

Seems a lot of players are bouncing off the floor of 2100 and a few bounce off the ceiling of 3000. Surely this distorts those ratings close to these limits, or does it make the system more accurate?
by irrawang
Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Timing out
Replies: 9
Views: 13168

Re: Timing out

Ramesis seems to always make the game last as long as possible by making moves until faced with a mate in one, then he will time out. Also his play can be erratic, ranging from good solid moves to much weaker ones. Maybe there is more than one player :D having played Ramesis quite a few times I've b...
by irrawang
Sat Nov 08, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Timing out
Replies: 9
Views: 13168

Re: Timing out

I don't mind if an opponent doesn't resign. After playing hundreds of games against dedicated chess computers that can't resign I quite enjoy trying to find the quickest way to checkmate. As far as timing out goes, it is difficult to imagine a possible motive. Maybe they are just too lazy to type "r...
by irrawang
Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Timing out
Replies: 9
Views: 13168

Re: Timing out

Your opponent has 17 and 19 days left. It can be annoying when opponents time out, but not much can be done about it. I had a case where my opponent blundered a rook so just he just timed out, which took over 60 days. I emailed Greg Miller but nothing was done.
by irrawang
Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Creating new tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 5794

Re: Creating new tournament

If you want the added time to be 1day 6hours, you put 30 hours in the time added space. That worked for me.
by irrawang
Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Creating new tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 5794

Re: Creating new tournament

In the ADDED TIME column I have tried every possibility I can think of, including 1day+6hr. There must be a way to do it. I'll keep trying.
by irrawang
Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Creating new tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 5794

Creating new tournament

I tried to create tourney with 1d + 6hr but the system wont accept it. Any tips on what I need to do to have this time control?
by irrawang
Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Chess Ladder
Topic: cheating
Replies: 4
Views: 32711

Re: cheating

It does seem that by playing weaker oppositions you can increase your rating slightly.

I read in these forums that although the ratings are inflated, they are stable.
by irrawang
Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Books, Software, and Websites
Topic: redhotpawn.com now has...
Replies: 2
Views: 7113

Re: redhotpawn.com now has...

Does RHP have Chess960/FischerRandomChess? I'm sure I played Chess960 on RHP a few years back but recently I couldn't find it.
by irrawang
Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fischer Russians Combine back
Replies: 8
Views: 10542

Re: Fischer Russians Combine back

I've been here for 18 months are haven't seen much bickering in these forums. Net-chess forums are very reserved compared to those in Chess.com and Chessbomb WCC 13 coverage. A good example is the recent discussion on cheating, which was quite civilised. Maybe I need to go back into the archives to ...
by irrawang
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fischer Russians Combine back
Replies: 8
Views: 10542

Re: Fischer Russians Combine back

I must be looking at the wrong tournament boeien, as you are leading in your last remaining tournament and only one player can over take you. Great effort BTW, only one loss and 3 draws.
by irrawang
Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fischer Russians Combine back
Replies: 8
Views: 10542

Re: Fischer Russians Combine back

Boeien has one game left and is leading the tournament, although he could be over taken (unlikey). How would you conspire with opponents as all comments are viewable if you visit opponents games? My Site emails came via Bounce and had to put in the trash, so for me to communicate I'd need a private ...
by irrawang
Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ultra fast time controls?
Replies: 1
Views: 2657

Ultra fast time controls?

At the moment there is a challenge to play at the time control of 20min + 5min. If an opponent accepted the games while he (the challenger) was off-line, wouldn't the challenger time-out?
by irrawang
Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: improving concentration
Replies: 7
Views: 8475

Re: improving concentration

MORE COFFEE ! :shock:

There are loads of SMART DRUGS available on the internet. Even certain anti-depressants are supposed to have smart drug qualities.

Remember your self worth is totally dependant on this game. It is that important, so concentrate! :lol:
by irrawang
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: computer use in chess
Replies: 15
Views: 17543

Re: computer use in chess

The problem I have with software/engine users is that they deceive their opponents. They don't come out and say upfront that they are using software/engine assistance. Why??

I donated to Greg with PayPal....no problem.
by irrawang
Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forfeits
Replies: 12
Views: 15220

Re: Forfeits

Most of my larger tournaments have included a couple of players who forfeit all their games. All it means is that it is a 8 player tourney and not 10. There are members with a much larger number of timeouts than 81.