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2011/05/31 Update: Board Coordinates & Playing Fair

Hi again, chess-lovers!

You may have noticed a brief period of down-time this morning as we applied some fixes and added a few features. Here are the highlights!...

Outside-the-board Coordinates

You liked it in Live, so we brought it to Online Chess, Vote Chess and our learning tools as well! You now have three options for board-coordinates: inside the board, outside the board, or none at all!

To change your options, visit your echess settings page (which also affects Explorer and Vote Chess boards), your Tactics Trainer settings page (which also affects Computer Workout), and finally, your Chess Mentor settings page.

Live Chess Changes

In-Game Stats: At the beginning of every Live game, you will now see your Win/Loss/Draw history with the current opponent in the Game Chat area.

Chat Request Options: Check your Live Chess settings for a brand new "Chat Requests From" control; this is exclusively for non-game chat. (The existing setting for in-game chat is unchanged.) You may now entertain chat requests from Anyone, from Friends Only, or from Nobody.

Fair Play & Good Sportsmanship!:

Similar to how members with a high echess time-out ratio get restricted from tournaments, we have implemented something to discourage poor sportsmanship in Live!

As you may know, we have a Fair Play Policy. Players who are detected to be ignoring that policy by wilfully disconnecting from (or just ceasing to play in) a significant percentage of games will be cautioned by a system pop-up. 

If the behavior continues, the members will be restricted so that they cannot create or accept open challenges - only play with Friends. This restriction is automatically removed as the member plays subsequent games "fairly," without intentionally disconnecting or simply running down the clock.

We're just giving the golden rule a little "boost!" We're hopeful this will encourage a few people out there to simply resign when they've lost - and make Live a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

That's it for now! Let us know what you think in the Comments!

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Comments


  • 4 months ago

    Yadeehoo

    My opponent resigned and right after that my account has been restricted for few days. I play fair, why? I should mention my internet connection isn't great but today when it happened my connection was fine all day.

  • 24 months ago

    Westo1

    finding anti-fpp ideas is easy

  • 3 years ago

    soothsayer8

    PB2, there's a fine line between being disconnected and manually closing out of live chess during a game that the chess.com servers should be able to easily distinguish, I would think.

  • 3 years ago

    PB2

    How do you distinguish a "willful" disconnect from a "normal" disconnect? Somebody may be having a bad internet connection for a month or so, and gets disconnected often, so what?

  • 3 years ago

    soothsayer8

    Gummyboy, you don't have to resign, you just can't quit a game without at least finishing it to checkmate or resigning. To leave your opponent waiting for your clock to time out before he/she wins is unsportsmanlike. If you don't like resigning, play out the game, don't just quit.

  • 3 years ago

    Balachandar

    Yes, I have experienced it too. The board takes about 2 - 5 seconds more to load. 

  • 3 years ago

    LaskerFan

    With outside-the-board coordinates the board is taking a pretty longer time to load.

  • 3 years ago

    Gummyboy

    I have to resign?? NOOO!!

  • 3 years ago

    diagonal

    I may have missed it, in the quick reading of this, but most of these options are only avilable to premium and above memberships. 

  • 3 years ago

    david1995

    I LOVE the outside the board cordances! Great job team!
  • 3 years ago

    soothsayer8

    I'm pretty sure it's only for people who time out of games where they had a lot of time left on the clock, were in a losing position, and wouldn't resign. Trust me, I've had an astonishing number of people do that against me.

  • 3 years ago

    rijac

    if you let time run down from 10 minutes in a 20 minute game once, twice or 3 times, maybe its down to thinking...  but if you do it 10 times in 20 games, then you would be a candidate for this 'punishment', for example.

  • 3 years ago

    DeepGreene

    Keep in mind that this new fair-play "enforcement" feature is looking at a given member's behavior over time, and would be triggered only by a pattern of the same kind of behavior in a significant percentage of games.

    Occasional disconnections based on technical difficulties will not trigger the restriction; it needs to be an identifiable pattern of abandoning games in lost positions.

  • 3 years ago

    PB2

    But when you are in a losing position, you will have to think more, and hence you will consume more time. What is wrong with that? Maybe the computer knows that you are Mate in 3, but the player doesn't know and still thinks that he can do something. You can't penalise him just for trying.

  • 3 years ago

    Balachandar

    But they can argue that they are thinking. They maybe in a losing position, but that doesn't limit their thinking abilities. There is no rule that you musn't think for long if your position is bad. 

  • 3 years ago

    soothsayer8

    Balachandar, according to the article, the changes only effect willful disconnections, it would sound like (and I hope) so if you are disconnected by internet/server problems, I think you're ok. Also, not moving in a losing position isn't allowed, that's partially why these rules are in place, you can just force your opponent to sit and wait until time runs out, you must resign or play until mate.

  • 3 years ago

    Balachandar

    What if players are disconnected to due slow internet or something? Or what if they do not disconnect but just do not move when in a losing position? 

  • 3 years ago

    kyldyl

    :)

  • 3 years ago

    soothsayer8

    I like the changes! Keep it up chess.com!

  • 3 years ago

    piotr

    Vladan: we are now working on tournaments! No exact date yet though.

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