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DGT E-boards - worth the money?


  • 3 months ago · Quote · #21

    cdowis75

    ifekali wrote:

    I find a DGT eboard very useful when analyzing games

    Analyzing on an ordinary board can be very difficult for beginners when faced with variations.

    Hopefully your opponent won't notice.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #22

    PossibleOatmeal

    He's talking about analyzing games that have been played in the past, not on-going games.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #23

    Threebeast

    The only problem I had with the Bluetooth DGT board is getting it to work the PICO chess program.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #24

    ifekali

    Are you using the XL clock with Picochess, Threebeast? The XL will not work right when using bluetooth connection, until this is fixed you should use the USB connection only. (The new DGT 3000 clock works fine, though.) 

    -Izmet Fekali

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #25

    skotheim2

    i have played live 3 games OTB in the regional championship of vestfold which i won :D (dgt boards linked with some chessbase thingy)

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #26

    HarioChess

    Vease wrote:
    MCBeaker wrote:
    ZaidejasChEgis wrote:

    Does any alternative exist?

    I think the Novag Citrine chess computer can be linked to a PC. Still not cheap, but costs less than DGT boards.

    Unfortunately the Novag Citrine reviews I've seen are universally unfavourable, it appears to be quite cheap and nasty for the price.

    Yes I have it and it is just awful, not sure if their even sold anymore. The only upside to it was the little microcomputer that came with it so you can play without hooking up to a PC. Otherwise though I regretted it.

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #27

    webiron

    Hi @majorspuds. Thanks for the input. What websites do you play with and I would appreciate an explanation of what you mean by "ghosting pieces". I know the rabbit drivers from DGT are a bit flaky. It sounds like your experience with the USB board is precisely what we've experienced. I talked to other guys at my chess club and even to the president of a state chess association who has and deals with about a dozen USB boards at state championships and he said the same thing about them (i.e. they work fine if directly connected but not via the Internet to play other opponents). Thanks again for the input. I am a bit skeptical that simply switching to the USB connection would solve the player to player problem via the Internet though...

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #28

    webiron

    For those who are interested, based on comments about clocks, I have purchased both the DGT XL and the DGT 3000 clock for my friend and I and the performance and reliablility of the overall experience did not change with either clock. Both clocks and the connectivity to the clocks themselves seemed to work fine. The clocks were not the problem. The problem is with the DGT rabbit drivers dropping the connection and getting out of sync with the websites.  If connected directly to a chess engine locally, they worked fine, but that is not the use we intended them for. We wanted to play each other across the Internet to share a more realistic tournament like experience with real pieces on a board and a clock to train for the tournament experience. Unfortunately, the DGT rabbit drivers and the websites do not have a reliable fault tolerant protocol and worse, the rabbit driver would sometimes crash to the point where we would have to reboot the PC to even get them working locally. As of this writing (now) the DGT company has not released an updated or recompiled driver since Feb 2013. I don't know how they stay in business ultimately with paying so little attention to their software.  There needs to be a competitor that brings a new product to market as DGT has failed, IMHO. I want a board like the old phantom that moves the other opponents piece after they move and to play the opponent via the Internet. Now, that would be cool and worth the money if it worked.

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #29

    guardianx9

    Umm jus buy chessbase or pgn formated book. Allow of chess book publish are starting to do ebook.. One big guyy is evveryman.. No need to drop large amount of cash for dgt e board.. Most online site let u download pgn and then u can analysis it with stock fish 6.. Buy ebook.pgn file open in tablet or phone... Best way to study

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #30

    Eyechess

    guardianx9 wrote:

    Umm jus buy chessbase or pgn formated book. Allow of chess book publish are starting to do ebook.. One big guyy is evveryman.. No need to drop large amount of cash for dgt e board.. Most online site let u download pgn and then u can analysis it with stock fish 6.. Buy ebook.pgn file open in tablet or phone... Best way to study

    Umm, that's your opinion and not necessarily best for everyone.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #31

    majorspuds

    hi there webiron,

    first of all thanks for getting back to me with your feedback regarding the DGT board, in answer to your question with regards site i play, i mainly use playchess.com  ICC and FICS but playchess.com seems to be the best as if you set up via fritz initially you can have fritz call back your opponents moves in a simulated real sounding voice, instead of having to look at the screen to find out what your opponent played.  with regards to the "ghosting pieces" basicly what that is, is if you play with rabbit connect open, sometimes you might see what looks like an additional piece on the rabbit connect board which isnt there on the real board when your playing, basicly whats happening here is that the pieces use a coil resonate frequency to communicate with the board and some of the pawns work on similar or same frequency, hence why your pieces should have the red yellow and i think green or blue stickers on their base, they are there to show which pieces have same signature and you need to keep them apart so if it happens while your playing and the board dont recognise a move you play then more than likely youve got a clash between 2 pieces just simply swap over the pawn with another and the "ghosting piece" should disappear hope this helps :D


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