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Ok. Everyone on the site has been really patient with the PLAY part of Chess.com ;) We know that is really important. So, I want to show a VERY VERY early sneak-peek at the Live Chess coming to Chess.com. It is in pre-pre-alpha phase, has VERY limited features, many bugs, and is nowhere near done, but it should at least give you some BASIC idea of what to expect in the future.
We will quickly be adding ratings, time controls, move list, yada yada and a whole bunch of other expected features. While it may look like we are a long way off, the foundation/groundwork is done, and that is the hard part, so everything should move a lot more quickly from here.... except that there is really only 1 person working it at this time, and he is going on a much-needed vacation for 2 weeks, so you won't see any improvements for a little while :)
PLEASE DO NOT POST BUGS! We know about the bugs :) What we WOULD like to hear are feature requests!
Again, it is very simple, very buggy, but have fun with it!
Click here for a sneak-peek at Live Chess on Chess.com!
Currently stuck at the "Now logging. Please wait..." screen. Can't wait to see this in action since the rest of the site is so great
Though I've not seen it in action, some things I'd like to see are:
That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I'll update the post once I see it in action/if I have any more ideas.
This is not reporting a bug... I was able to get into Main Hall. I invited 2 people to play me... nobody came or responded. Are we able to play or talk to each other yet?
What I would like to see? May be the option to limit the invitations by rating (range). Something different from "beginner", "intermediate", "advanced".
In addition, the ability to talk with each other - more like IM-ing.
Still stuck at the "Now logging. Please wait..." screen
Are there certain browser requirements that I might not have?
Hrmm, I've tried it in IE 6.0 and Firefox 2.0 now with no luck. May be a limit to the maximum number of connections to the server at once.
I'm also a really new user, so that may be the issue I'll just wait patiently and spam connect
Hurrah! I'm in (using Firefox 2.0)!
I really like how it looks so far. It's nit-picky, but as a user feature, I wouldn't mind being able to customize the colours. (nothing against the green, I just like options ).
Having all of the windows auto-fit to your browser based off of your screen resolution would be nice as well.
Including someone's rank next to their name would be nice (as would a ranking system now that I think about it), as well as an icon to show whether they're currently in a game or not (maybe like a status option: "Looking to Play," "Away from Keyboard," "Looking for Teacher," "Looking for Casual Game", "Looking for Tournament Game", etc., etc.)
Response timers would be nice as well (if someone's not replied to your game invite within 60 seconds, cancel the invite and notify the requestor of cancellation)
A time/date stamp would be nice for the chat windows as well (as well as the option of keeping a chat log along with any saved games)
Can't wait to see this progress more and more. I'm liking it
Great game erik Was trying to coax you into a stalemate before we called it quits. Ahh well. I need to brush up on playing black some. I'm looking for a rematch so watch out
More requests (stuff that'll obviously be added, but nice to have listed somewhere):
A "Resign" button.
When inviting someone to a game, add a "request side" button for the inviter ("John Doe invites you to a game. They request that you play Black") and of course seating options once you're in the game.
For those of you who haven't given the system a try yet, check it out. It's great (fast as heck response times, no lag, instantaneous moves, in game chat, etc, etc). Great stuff!
Seriously though erik. Rematch
yes, there will be:
- the ability to resign :)
- you will observe other people's games
- time controls
- less obnoxious alerts