Originally posted by Magnakai
Is it legal to use game explorers like this one: http://www.redhotpawn.com/gamesexplorer/index.php
I did a lot of research on this subject with very little results. There are official rules for chess like the one from FIDE: http://www.fide.com/info/handbook?id=124&view=article
But many of them make no sense in the context of correspondence chess. So I found some revisions for correspondence chess, including:
- It IS allowed to use any kin ...[text shortened]... be a huge main menu link? All I found was the statement about not using chess AIs.
Yes, because if you read the TOS 3(b) it clearly says but you may reference books, databases consisting of previously played games between human players, and other pre-existing research materials.
Is it legal to "try" moves on a real board, the redhotpawn analysis screen (why else would it work during a game?) or similar? In FICS it is clearly disallowed, but that's not correspondence chess. "Hovering" a piece before dropping it to the destination square but then deciding not to commit the move is a grey area in all online chess rules I found.
What I fail to understand is how you can "hover" a piece in online correspondence chess, even if you weren't allowed to do that, there would be no way of enforcing this. And of course, why else would they even have an 'analysis board' feature?
Also, shouldn't the rules (or at least the delta to FIDE) be a huge main menu link? All I found was the statement about not using chess AIs.
FIDE (ICCF) rules are not for online correspondence chess sites like RHP, so their rules wouldn't apply correctly here.