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  1. 22 Oct '10 19:40
    Hello folks.

    Hope it's appropriate to ask this question here.

    I've played a bit on both RHP and Chessworld.net.
    I plan on joining one of them but am finding it difficult to decide the pros/cons of membership without actually experiencing it.

    I usually only play 4 games simultaneously so the the total number of simul games is not a big factor.

    Any comments from those that have/had membership at both would be greatly appreciated.

    (also, i've heard from some that chess.com is good but haven't tried it).

    thanks again.
    chuck
  2. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    22 Oct '10 20:18
    I think the community is better here. I left another site to play here full time. I am guessing most people here would say the same.
  3. 22 Oct '10 21:03
    I have tried other site but I think this site is great.
  4. 22 Oct '10 22:57
    I've only ever tried RHP. Never felt like going elsewhere.
  5. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    24 Oct '10 02:38
    Originally posted by caa55
    Hello folks.

    Hope it's appropriate to ask this question here.

    I've played a bit on both RHP and Chessworld.net.
    I plan on joining one of them but am finding it difficult to decide the pros/cons of membership without actually experiencing it.

    I usually only play 4 games simultaneously so the the total number of simul games is not a big factor.

    Any ...[text shortened]... , i've heard from some that chess.com is good but haven't tried it).

    thanks again.
    chuck
    This is a great group of chess players from around the world who play here.

    The immature/idiot rate is extremely low, and even the disagreements are the kind where you could imagine yourself arguing about with the person over a beer somewhere as you play.

    They are the kinds of disagreements that raise the level of understanding of everyone involved, and I think chess knowledge is increased here for all players involved in the discussions.

    I have had fun playing on the site over the last year, and I think it has improved my game, and I have also met some cool and interesting people. I couldn't ask for more, except maybe a free t-shirt...

    Paul
  6. 24 Oct '10 11:11
    Paul, how in holy hell have you made so many moves in this past year?

    That's truly impressive.
  7. Standard member atticus2
    Frustrate the Bad
    24 Oct '10 12:00 / 2 edits
    I've played both sites. I have no doubt whatsoever that RHP is the better site. Perhaps I didn't find my way around Chessworld.com as happily as I have with RHP, so can't give a complete judgement.

    But one aspect struck me forcefully. On RHP, the ratings of people I know OTB do approximate with RHP ratings, perhaps a little on the high side (and in my case currently, more than a little). But the relativities seem about right, in the main.

    On Chessworld.com, you start by declaring your own rating. This is not a bad idea, even accepting that fools will exaggerate. Things will pan out in the end. I recognised one name I knew OTB who was a regular there. He was rated 2050. I'm better than him OTB so I pitched myself at 2100. Within a dozen games or so, I'd soared to 2500, beating plenty of 2400-2600 in the process.

    This is great for one's ego, if one is seduced by such nonsense. One might really believe one is a budding GM after all. But then one re-enters the world of grown-ups. What sort of rating system propels me from 2100 to 2500, and sustains me there? Moreover, at 2500, you might suppose by RHP standards that I'd shot to the top of the leader board. No way! I wasn't even in the top 100.

    OK, different sites can have different rating systems; what counts is the reliability of the system to reflect relative competence in the game. If 2500 on Chessworld = 2300 on RHP, no great harm is done.

    But then I looked further. On the Chessworld.com site, Yelena Dembo (a Greek WGM) is a player. I know Yelena; her OTB rating is 2400+ and her Chessworld rating is 2800+. That seems consistent, up to a point, with my own elevated rating on the site.

    So was Yelena top-rated on the site? Not at all. She barely scraped into the top 10 Indeed the top 5 were all rated 3000+, in my view a shameless (& shameful) state of affairs.

    So, while I wouldn't want to write off that site, RHP seems better adjusted to the real world. And hence, I continue to play here,but not there
  8. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    24 Oct '10 12:43
    Originally posted by EinZweiDrei
    Paul, how in holy hell have you made so many moves in this past year?

    That's truly impressive.
    A large number of the games are against two people- one is a guy from Romania, Niculae, who I have "hit it off" with, and we play way too fast! The other guy is Bralen, my childhood friend and college roommate, and we've played a bunch. I think I've had 200-300 games with them between the two.

    My game load exploded when I joined the Morphy's Maniacs clan. My work schedule is also funny, so I find myself at home when my girls are in school and my wife is at work, and this is better than television!

    I would play fewer games if winning was almighty important to me, but I have been playing for fun and for experimentation, so the results were only part of the equation.
  9. 24 Oct '10 18:22 / 1 edit
    This thread is like going to the apple forum and asking 'Mac or PC?''

    OH, and except for that Darax guy, the people here are cool
  10. 25 Oct '10 04:07
    I'm currently a chessworld subscriber, new to RHP. I doubt there's any winning factor that would swing one person either way. I have found RHP decidedly easier to use and easier to navigate, though, so I very much suspect that I will migrate to RHP sometime soon.
  11. 25 Oct '10 13:58
    though I should point out that chessworld has cool things like being able to leave in game messages even (shock!) when it's not your turn. You can also leave long lines of conditional moves, instead of just the next immediate move, which can speed some things up considerably.
  12. 25 Oct '10 14:41
    Originally posted by Deau
    You can also leave long lines of conditional moves, instead of just the next immediate move, which can speed some things up considerably.
    You can do that here too. In deep mode.
  13. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    25 Oct '10 15:47
    Originally posted by Deau
    though I should point out that chessworld has cool things like being able to leave in game messages even (shock!) when it's not your turn. You can also leave long lines of conditional moves, instead of just the next immediate move, which can speed some things up considerably.
    At 'chess world' can you post about RHP in the forums? Bet you can't.
  14. 25 Oct '10 19:13
    thanks guys.

    I appreciate the objective feedback.

    my take at this point is that each site seems to have their strong points.

    chuck
  15. 25 Oct '10 21:45
    Been a subscriber since April '10. Wouldn't dream of going elsewhere!