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  1. 22 Dec '03 20:25
    That's my suggestion, that you can search the games list on an opening or list of moves or a position. I'm pretty sure it will take a lot of code to be done, so it's my Christmas gift to the programmers (the suggestion is the gift, of course).

    1. Make code that can classify and index the games by ECO code and/or name of the openning (the ECO code for most of the opennings can be found in the Internet, but for testing purposes I think you can start with the ones at http://chess.about.com/library/ble50ndx.htm?PM=ss13_chess).

    2. Add a search box at the Search Public Games that accepts the ECO code, or a drop-down list with the most common ones.

    Now the very hard part (it will add some chess database advanced features to the site -- I'm not sure if is it what you programmers want with this chess site, but I think it will attract more chess 'freaks' - you know, the people that will do a search on the people they challenge or are challenged by to see where they suffer more losses on the board):

    3. Add a position search feature. You enter the position in FEN or editing a board, and click on Search. First you must add a position list for *all* games (a new move, a new position, look if it is allready at the database, if it's not, add a new entry in the database, else add a link of the game to that position, or something like it)...

    With this feature you can answer questions like How good is my oponent (or the player X) at the King's Gambit - 1.e4 e5 2. f4 - openings? and How popular is the Sicilian Defense - 1. e4 c5 - between 1400 or less rated players in this chess site?

    I hope you can go out of your coding cave before 2004 Christmas...

    🙂
  2. Standard member thire
    Xebite
    22 Dec '03 20:42
    I personally like these advanced serach methods very much, but I think Russ does not (some time ago he said he wants to keep the searchpage as easy as possible). we I hope you convinced him 🙂
    th
  3. 23 Dec '03 10:47
    Ha, another chess 'freak'... Well there's something he could do that I think will make happy all chess 'freaks', like me and you: putting, in the results page of a search, a link to a file with all the games selected by the search in PGN format. This way you can download them and make your own analysis.

    Other thing that will be more interesting is a database with all public games in another site, with Scid[1] or something like it as the interface. This way, he only have to code a routine that copy a game to the database as the game ends. This and the handling and care of the new box...

    1. installing and configuring of the new box with a chess database;

    2. coding and testing of a routine that uploads to the chess database;

    3. put the upload routine to work;

    4. uploading of all old public games, in PGN format (I suggest a look at http://pgn.freeservers.com/, and the use of PGNTrim or something like), to te database;

    P.S.: Is there any statistical data available about the site Red Hot Pawn and/or Time For Chess?

    [1] http://sourceforge.net/projects/scid/ - Scid is GPL (http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20031214210634851).
  4. Standard member thire
    Xebite
    24 Dec '03 12:56
    wow sounds phantastic... so Russ knows what to do in the next two years 😉
    th