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This has probably been asked plenty of times, but the only post I found was from some years ago, so I'll ask it again.Are there any plans for a desktop version of Chess.com, or at least make the online-play compatible with already existing chess desktop clients?
In my experience, desktop clients tend to be smoother/faster, no closing the browser by mistake and makes you able to better focus on what's on-screen. I'm a big fan of desktop clients, but the Chess.com community and features suit my needs the best, why I won't pay for ICC or anything like it.
I understand if such a client is not prioritized by the development team, but might there be one? How many would want one?
We did have one a very long time ago but very few were interested in using it so it was withdrawn. We may look at re-adding one in the future, but it isn't high on the list of features to add sorry.
Yeah, I understand improving/adding features is prioritized, but I'd be overjoyed to have a desktop client; anyone who feels the same, please post here! :)
I'd love one. :)
Agreed.... or allow existing clients to play on the site? Is there a downside to this from the chess.com staff's perspective?
existing client permitted to connect to chess.com would be nice...
That would make sense -- some kind of public API to allow third-party clients, maybe?
I am not a member of the staff, but I can definitely see their point here. Just a few problems off the top of my head:
I would like a desktop client too, but I can definitely see it not being any kind of priority right now. Also, the web client we currently have is relatively sane both as technology (Yay for HTML5!) and as feature set and I could live and be happy with it even without further development.
+1 to OP. I don't want to have to have my browser open to play games.
Same Here :D
I would settle for a non-java based version of the one in the browser. It's horribly slow even on my i7 computer :-/
Having said the above, as I'm finding more and more 'applications' that are actually all-in-one webpages, I've started using Chromium's app mode more and more.
I use Firefox mainly, but for things like chess.com and online-go.com I just run 'chromium --app=<url>' and get the browser without tabs or status bar. It's looks close enough to a 'real' application that I'm happy with it. :)
It's not going to happen.
It's a small minority that wants a non-browser client (and one that needs to move on to the 2000s ;)...), and the resources required would be silly: a team of developers just for handling all the platforms, etc. Allowing 3rd party clients is not likely, either, as it is much harder to catch or prevent cheating, which is already a rampant problem.
Resources would be better spent in fixing browser UI issues and bad design (there are too many interstitial pages on Chess.com, for one thing, and the top down page structure makes little sense at all).
I would love to have this, but I recognize that the extra work may not be worth it for the devs. Playing things in browser always feels very 'cheap' to me, and I'm sure quite a few others feel similarly.
I was looking for a .pgn viewer for my cell phone. I don't want to have to sign in to any app store on google or apple sites. So, I just decided I would rather use the desktop program.
It still has merit. if you want the size of the screen to be decent, you want to watch your movies, you need multiple windows open then a cell phone isn't going to cut it.
A tablet might be in between. However, not everyone has one and it's easier to type using a keyboard.
my favourites about chess.com:
by macer75 6 minutes ago
what the #$%^was he playing and how did he win?
by FromMuToYou 9 minutes ago
Boris Spassky hospitalized!!!
by Somebodysson 12 minutes ago
The wild wild English
by Irinasdaddy 15 minutes ago
by Strange_Idiom 15 minutes ago
Easily my favourite GM to watch lecture.
by dashkee94 16 minutes ago
Happy Birthday Mikhail Tal!!
by Somebodysson 18 minutes ago
what is this whole "carlsen plays like a computer" nonsense
by Strange_Idiom 19 minutes ago
What is the worst first move for white?
by macer75 20 minutes ago
QG - Tarrasch vs Albin Counter Gambit
by David_Star 21 minutes ago
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