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  1. 21 Jan '11 07:15
    I am building this http://www.passionforchess.com/chess/showSolitaire/. Looking for feedback.

    thanks
  2. 21 Jan '11 07:31
    Originally posted by vishyanand
    I am building this http://www.passionforchess.com/chess/showSolitaire/. Looking for feedback.

    thanks
    Interesting idea!

    Majnu2006 made a video about 'guessing the move of the grand master' called

    Play like Kramnik!

    YouTube


    This solitaire thing is okay, but you need to make it jquery/ajax so that it doesnt keep reloading the page, which makes it slow. Well: Slow on New Zealand internets I should say.
  3. 21 Jan '11 08:23
    Interesting video!

    I will look into performance issue. Is it reloading of the page which is taking time? Or, is it just that reloading is an irritant ? On my end, it takes about 1.3s for load\reload of page.
  4. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    21 Jan '11 13:55
    I am a huge fan of solitaire chess- a few thoughts.

    1) starting from the opening is a bit questionable since there are so many alternative but decent moves. Far better to start from the first critical position in the game.

    2) I typed nxf3 instead of Nxf3 and it didnt recognize it...

    In general, I like the setup and would love to see a couple thousand games on there.
  5. 21 Jan '11 16:53
    thanks for the feedback. Sure, will get more games soon!!
  6. 21 Jan '11 19:25
    1) Similarly, I entered 'O-O' instead of '0-0' and it didn't recognise it. I guess it actually is '0-0' .. I never really thought about it before.

    2) It would be nice if the table kept track of the moves we got right/wrong.

    3) Oh, and a really cool feature would be to allow users to add comments on *why* a move was right or wrong. Kind of a set of updatable notes associated with each move .. a chess-wiki, if you will.

    Nice idea, though - keep us updated on your progress!
  7. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    21 Jan '11 22:19 / 2 edits
    I like Aquatabby's idea of being able to include user comments.
  8. 22 Jan '11 02:26
    Good idea but dragging and dropping the piece to the square
    would be ideal rather than asking the player to type in the move.

    Very much like 'How Good is Your Chess.'

    The questions start after the first 9 or so moves and you get points for
    guessing the correct move. Then a table of scores to see how good you are.

    eg:

    70 pts. GM
    50 pts IM
    30 Pts FM
    10 pts Keep trying
    5 pts try a few games v Mad Rook to get your confidence up

    Danny King runs a column like this in Chess, though the idea was used
    years ago. I think a Reinfeld book started it.

    Try not to use well known games as then it becomes a test of memory
    rather than skill (luck).
  9. Donation Anthem
    The Ferocious Camel
    22 Jan '11 03:25
    I like this a lot! I'd heard that trying to guess gm moves was a good way to improve, but I hadn't ever tried it. This format would make it a lot easier to do.

    As far as problems go, the reloading is a bit annoying. For me its not the time, but that the page scrolls back to the top when it reloads shifting the board so I couldn't really see the moves happening.
  10. Donation Anthem
    The Ferocious Camel
    22 Jan '11 04:35
    Also: I typed Bxf7, and was told it was wrong because the move was Bxf7+
  11. 22 Jan '11 05:05
    Originally posted by nimzo5
    I am a huge fan of solitaire chess- a few thoughts.

    1) starting from the opening is a bit questionable since there are so many alternative but decent moves. Far better to start from the first critical position in the game.

    2) I typed nxf3 instead of Nxf3 and it didnt recognize it...

    In general, I like the setup and would love to see a couple thousand games on there.
    Yeh, will start games from little later. I thought it would be a good exercise in getting to know an opening.
  12. 22 Jan '11 05:31
    Originally posted by aquatabby
    1) Similarly, I entered 'O-O' instead of '0-0' and it didn't recognise it. I guess it actually is '0-0' .. I never really thought about it before.

    2) It would be nice if the table kept track of the moves we got right/wrong.

    3) Oh, and a really cool feature would be to allow users to add comments on *why* a move was right or wrong. Kind of a set of u ...[text shortened]... ve .. a chess-wiki, if you will.

    Nice idea, though - keep us updated on your progress!
    About notes - yes I want to add that. So, it will be like your personal wiki - you record thoughts why you played a move? or what you missed etc. Is this what you have in mind? Also, should other users comments be visible?
  13. 22 Jan '11 11:38
    Originally posted by vishyanand
    About notes - yes I want to add that. So, it will be like your personal wiki - you record thoughts why you played a move? or what you missed etc. Is this what you have in mind? Also, should other users comments be visible?
    I was thinking more of a discussion forum, allowing several users to discuss the game one move at a time. The problem with GM games is that it can be hard for other people to understand what is going on. If a user doesn't understand why someone played a particular move, they could ask the group and discuss the answers.

    This is sort of possible using Fritz, but the analysis from strong humans and the interactivity would add an extra dimension, I think.

    But then I can see that some users might not want to see comments from other people .. so you could have an option to 'show my comments only', or 'show all comments'.
  14. 22 Jan '11 12:23
    Originally posted by aquatabby
    1) Similarly, I entered 'O-O' instead of '0-0' and it didn't recognise it. I guess it actually is '0-0' .. I never really thought about it before.

    2) It would be nice if the table kept track of the moves we got right/wrong.



    3) Oh, and a really cool feature would be to allow users to add comments on *why* a move was right or wrong. Kind of a set ...[text shortened]... ve .. a chess-wiki, if you will.

    Nice idea, though - keep us updated on your progress!
    2) It would be nice if the table kept track of the moves we got right/wrong.

    I have added this feature - showing images of right n wrong in the table.Let me know what do you think.
  15. 22 Jan '11 12:49
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    5 pts try a few games v Mad Rook to get your confidence up
    Heck, this should even work down to 2, or even 1 pt. (I can't say 0, I have a little pride.)

    To OP: For move 2, I tried entering N-KB3, and it refused to accept it. I even tried Kt-KB3, still no luck. Can't believe it won't take descriptive notation!