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DGT E-boards - worth the money?

  • #41

    I have also a questioned. how about I play it with fritz or any other software, If I make my own move from dgt board, does fritz sense it and make that move for me in the computer ?

  • #42

    Theb DGT E Board works with Lucas Chess, Fritz, Babaschess, and Arena.

  • #43
    TheCaballo wrote:

    I have also a questioned. how about I play it with fritz or any other software, If I make my own move from dgt board, does fritz sense it and make that move for me in the computer ?

    yeah its simple really, lets say you use fritz 15 (latest version)for example, simply open fritz as normal then enable the board through the menu across the top, once connected fritz will dectect all moves you input on the board.  the board has an internal sensor mat installed, whereas the pieces all have i believe RFID coil capacitors in their bases which the sensor mat then picks up and translates as a move to whichever software programme your running.  also if you wished to setup a particular position using the board, firstly make sure in rabbit plugin that detect/setup is ticked, then simply place the pieces on the board as normal placing the kings on last, making sure whichever side to move first you put that colour king on the board last.  as soon as you've placed the final king on the board your software will automatically pick up the position for analysis :D

    hope some of these comments help

  • #44

    is there any body or a company makes or convert a regular chess set into a dgt compatible ? because I don't like the pieces that comes with dgt board. you guys know  what I meant.

  • #45

    I don't think so.  There are other chess sets for sale the DGT E boards.

  • #46
    TheCaballo wrote:

    is there any body or a company makes or convert a regular chess set into a dgt compatible ? because I don't like the pieces that comes with dgt board. you guys know  what I meant.

    i'm almost certain that DGT have the sole rights for producing these boards, the boards need to be a certain thickness to take the software that is installed. like threebeast said though there are around 5-6 different piece sets available for use with the board, just a question of taste really.  :)

  • #47

    hos, there 2015 sinquiefield has dgt enabled in it, but talk about price. I it is very expensive

  • #48
    TheCaballo wrote:

    hos, there 2015 sinquiefield has dgt enabled in it, but talk about price. I it is very expensive

    yeah but what else do you expect from such high profile tournaments, they can afford to have this equipment for their events it is after all it is the best broadcasting board for such events. but for yourself personally you only need 1 board, and i highly reccommend the bluetooth version, but ultimately you have to decide whether the cost is justifiable to you.  for me personally the DGT board, the pieces and its software are by far the best investment i have made with regards to chess.  :)  if you do decide to go ahead and purchase one, and ever need help with any issues i'm more than happy to help out if i can. :)

  • #49

    majorspuds, how is it that the DGT Board is the best investment you have made? 

    What kind of games and uses do you use it for?

    What is it about the DGT board that nothing else can do for you?

    You recommend the bluetooth version for the individual.  I used to own a serial port one and it was cumbersome to use.  Does the bluetooth make it easier and more useful?

  • #50
    Eyechess wrote:

    majorspuds, how is it that the DGT Board is the best investment you have made? 

    What kind of games and uses do you use it for?

    What is it about the DGT board that nothing else can do for you?

    You recommend the bluetooth version for the individual.  I used to own a serial port one and it was cumbersome to use.  Does the bluetooth make it easier and more useful?

    in terms of investment, i use the board on a frequent basis for multiple things such as playing vs Fritz,  analysis with fritz, and playing online at various websites that support the DGT boards, such as playchess.com, FICS & ICC in addition to this i also use the board as a broadcast board for our board 1 league matches which in turn are usually broadcast through the playchess.com broadcasts room. aswell as this i could simply hook the board upto fritz and have it follow a game with analysis switched on for other people to view, obviously out of view of the players :)

    for me the board and pieces are awesome to use, it takes away the 2 dimentional board that so many people are used to playing with on screen, if your using the fritz sofware, you can set it so that fritz calls back replies whether it be whilst playing the computer or playing online.

    i've never used a serial board but i know they are used in a vast majority of major events including congresses, such as blackpool and the british championships. i previously owned a USB board and it was terrible at holding connection, plus the amount of times the cable came loose from the board and killing connection was uncountable.  so far with my bluetooth board i have experienced little to no problems with connection i've actually had the board set up upstairs and the laptop downstairs and yet connection still remains active despite interfernce from walls etc plus you dont have any wires to worry about knocking outta the board.  

    hope this gives you a bit more insight. :)

  • #51

    Yes, thank you for this.

    I have one more question.  How is the board powered?  Do you need to keep it plugged into a wall power outlet or is there some kind of battery option?

  • #52
    majorspuds wrote:
    Eyechess wrote:

    majorspuds, how is it that the DGT Board is the best investment you have made? 

    What kind of games and uses do you use it for?

    What is it about the DGT board that nothing else can do for you?

    You recommend the bluetooth version for the individual.  I used to own a serial port one and it was cumbersome to use.  Does the bluetooth make it easier and more useful?

    in terms of investment, i use the board on a frequent basis for multiple things such as playing vs Fritz,  analysis with fritz, and playing online at various websites that support the DGT boards, such as playchess.com, FICS & ICC in addition to this i also use the board as a broadcast board for our board 1 league matches which in turn are usually broadcast through the playchess.com broadcasts room. aswell as this i could simply hook the board upto fritz and have it follow a game with analysis switched on for other people to view, obviously out of view of the players :)

    for me the board and pieces are awesome to use, it takes away the 2 dimentional board that so many people are used to playing with on screen, if your using the fritz sofware, you can set it so that fritz calls back replies whether it be whilst playing the computer or playing online.

    i've never used a serial board but i know they are used in a vast majority of major events including congresses, such as blackpool and the british championships. i previously owned a USB board and it was terrible at holding connection, plus the amount of times the cable came loose from the board and killing connection was uncountable.  so far with my bluetooth board i have experienced little to no problems with connection i've actually had the board set up upstairs and the laptop downstairs and yet connection still remains active despite interfernce from walls etc plus you dont have any wires to worry about knocking outta the board.  

    hope this gives you a bit more insight. :)

    if your dgt board is separated from your laptop that far in playing against  fritz, how do you know the fritz moves ? do you set volume loud enough for you to hear it ? also, are those pieces are weighted ?

  • #53
    Eyechess wrote:

    Yes, thank you for this.

    I have one more question.  How is the board powered?  Do you need to keep it plugged into a wall power outlet or is there some kind of battery option?

    no problems with questions :)

    the boards are powered using rechargeable lithium batteries which are placed in the underside of the board(opposite side to playing surface) under a small screwed down compartment. the boards usually take around 8hrs to charge to full capacity, but once charged last somewhere in the region of 80hrs i think? so more than adequate for club matches or individual usage. yes you can use the board whilst its plugged in but if you have sufficent charge in the board, why would you ?  usually when i charge my board i do this overnight to avoid inconvience, wake up unplug and its ready to go again.  when your not using the board and its switched off the battery holds its charge extremely well, obviously it will lose some of its charge say over a week, but its virtually un-noticable Smile

  • #54
    TheCaballo wrote:
    majorspuds wrote:
    Eyechess wrote:

    majorspuds, how is it that the DGT Board is the best investment you have made? 

    What kind of games and uses do you use it for?

    What is it about the DGT board that nothing else can do for you?

    You recommend the bluetooth version for the individual.  I used to own a serial port one and it was cumbersome to use.  Does the bluetooth make it easier and more useful?

    in terms of investment, i use the board on a frequent basis for multiple things such as playing vs Fritz,  analysis with fritz, and playing online at various websites that support the DGT boards, such as playchess.com, FICS & ICC in addition to this i also use the board as a broadcast board for our board 1 league matches which in turn are usually broadcast through the playchess.com broadcasts room. aswell as this i could simply hook the board upto fritz and have it follow a game with analysis switched on for other people to view, obviously out of view of the players :)

    for me the board and pieces are awesome to use, it takes away the 2 dimentional board that so many people are used to playing with on screen, if your using the fritz sofware, you can set it so that fritz calls back replies whether it be whilst playing the computer or playing online.

    i've never used a serial board but i know they are used in a vast majority of major events including congresses, such as blackpool and the british championships. i previously owned a USB board and it was terrible at holding connection, plus the amount of times the cable came loose from the board and killing connection was uncountable.  so far with my bluetooth board i have experienced little to no problems with connection i've actually had the board set up upstairs and the laptop downstairs and yet connection still remains active despite interfernce from walls etc plus you dont have any wires to worry about knocking outta the board.  

    hope this gives you a bit more insight. :)

    if your dgt board is separated from your laptop that far in playing against  fritz, how do you know the fritz moves ? do you set volume loud enough for you to hear it ? also, are those pieces are weighted ?

    like i say this was only as a distance / realiabilty test, for that particular test though i whacked the volume up to maximum so i could hear fritz call its replies.  but there are a couple of other ways that get the moves, via the clock is one option for a start, simply select the option through the rabbit connect software to have moves displayed on the clock(providing you have one)  or alternatively i would imagine hooking up a bluetooth headset and recieve the moves through that.

    with regards to the pieces being weighted i believe they are standard weight, as the space in the bases of the pieces would already be taken up by the coil resonators the pieces use to communicate with the board. if anything i would probably say with that, that they are single weighted but wouldnt be able to tell you for sure.

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  • #56

    Hi

    Check this out http://evilgrandmaster.com someone was asking for an alternative.

  • #57

    The wesite says they are targeting sub $100 price point. Interestingly their specs seems to outdo DGTs.

  • #58

    Every few years someone seems to come up with a replacement for the expensive DGT boards, but then it fades away, never to be heard from again. I hope evilgrandmaster can get this done. I would love to have one, but can't justify paying DGT prices, and to be honest, it doesn't seem that this technology should cost in the $500-$1000 range. I would be more than willing to pay $200-$250 for something similar, and I think most chessplayers would as well. Any ideas when they are thinking of putting this into production?

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  • #60

    I have mailed them and they seemed really nice. Asked them about piece recognition etc and they sent a detailed mail, why is it very important. Really looking forward to own one. And the price point is awesome and i wouldn't mind paying more!

    They say their pieces are weighted by default. That's awesome! 

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