More Live Chess Enhancements!
Earlier today we pushed some brand new changes to Live and we wanted to tell you all about it! It's been a "dynamic" week or so for the Live interface, but we've come a long way in a short time - and thanks for your feedback along the way!
First, we've totally overhauled the New Game section. The buttons have been replaced with a simple menu, and we've put the Seek Graph up front. The menu will remember your favorite (i.e. last-used) time control, so most of the time, starting a game should be one click!
(If you don't like any of the preset controls, just select "Custom" on the menu to enter your own choices for base-time and bonus seconds.)
Use the "Game Type" settings to set preferences related to your opponents' ratings. Here, you can go with relative values, like the new defaults of -200 & +200 (i.e. anyone within 200 points of your current rating, higher or lower), or you can skip the "-" and "+" and just enter literal ratings, as before.
The Seek graph should be familiar, but now Computers are light green and your own Seeks appear in orange. Pretty! :)
Missing the List view? Check the "Games" tab to the right of the Console; it now has a Seeks option to allow you to see a list of challenges.
Coming Soon: The ability to once again choose your color to play in unrated games.
Edit: It's already here! :) (Again, click the link below the Start Game button to open "Game Type Settings"
The "New Game" area represents the biggest change, by far - but we've also corrected a number of interface issues that were identified since we launched Live Chess 4 last week:
- Disappearing Seeks - fixed
- Move List not scrolling to show last move - fixed
- Chat boxes kept scrolling to the top - fixed
- "Games" & "Players" tabs now ON by default
- Fixes for avatars, game names, lag indicators
- ...and a miscellany of minor tweaks & other fixes!
That's it for today!