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LilSprankles

Having used the squareoff's tournament "pro" board, i can't say I appreciate it as much as the chessnut air. I'm not going to rehash my complaints on their product, but the overall size just isn't as comfy for me as the air. It's an event to pull the thing out and spread it out over your table. Meanwhile, the air is simple and versatile. I can set it up in almost every situation quickly and easily. 

 

a 3-400 USD tournament eboard is a little overcooked in my opinion.

DrWatch
Got my board today and played a few games. Here is my super brief review

1) quality of the board and chessmen is very nice
2) no issues connecting my phone via blue tooth
3) the only imperfection I got is that 2 squares LED dimly flicker when empty and a piece is standing next to it. This is visible only when you are setting up a custom board. Lets say you have a knight on g1 (light is on on g1) and remove rook from h1: the h1 light should be off but instead it is flickering dimly until I remove the knight from g1. But during the game all is working perfectly in terms of lights.
Mtc66

Had a problem a couple of days ago.  I set up the board in preparation to play a rated G60/30 as black.  I received the invite using the Chessnut Air software on a laptop interfaced to CC.  The board lit up the moves, but would not register that I was moving the pieces.  It just kept lighting up the appropriate squares.  I wound up playing on the laptop.  I figure I needed to reset somehow, but I don't know if I could have done that and kept playing in the game, or whether we would have had to start over.  Any similar experiences?  It would be useful to comprehensively test the board and have procedures for what to do in different circumstances.  Lack o documentation is my biggest complaint about the Air.  Otherwise, still love this eBoard.

Rodlito
Mtc66 wrote:

Had a problem a couple of days ago.  I set up the board in preparation to play a rated G60/30 as black.  I received the invite using the Chessnut Air software on a laptop interfaced to CC.  The board lit up the moves, but would not register that I was moving the pieces.  It just kept lighting up the appropriate squares.  I wound up playing on the laptop.  I figure I needed to reset somehow, but I don't know if I could have done that and kept playing in the game, or whether we would have had to start over.  Any similar experiences?  It would be useful to comprehensively test the board and have procedures for what to do in different circumstances.  Lack o documentation is my biggest complaint about the Air.  Otherwise, still love this eBoard.

 Was all the lights lit up? It may be backwards I had trouble with it at first. Gonna be the right pieces on the right side, also all the pieces in right square & no touching too much

Mtc66

Nope. Just the lights to move. E.g. white went e4, so e2 and e4 lit. I moved the pawn, but the lights stayed lit. Then i moved e5. Moving on the board did nothing, but moving via the laptop lit e7 and e5. End result at this point, 4 lit squares. I have seen the problem you describe. But  that wasn't it. I've seen king and queen reversal or a very offset piece also cause problems. Not the case this time. I guess my real question is, is this situation potentially recoverable, or do I need to "reboot" and start a new game. I haven't tried repeating the error yet. 

ferret85

Yes reboot/reset and see if that works. There's a facebook group for Chessnut Air backers, maybe you can post there.

Crew64_or_Gothamchess

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Does the chessnut air connect to chess.com and if yes how do you connect it.

vinniebossnieuw

There is a video from the Lifesparring channel on youtube.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=shVhlz3ZmrU

DrWatch
And something that I was pleasantly surprised with: not only you can connect to chess.com you can play your bots.
FranzBrandwein

It works great with the Bots. I think it's the only eboard with this feature. But I noticed there is still a problem with en passant moves. The board don't recognize them. You have to play the capture in the app.

southernrun

Any input on using this board to play OTB if space limits a full size board being used or one isn’t available?