Play against the computer has been changed for the worse?

jvsteiner

It seems that the "finish against the computer" feature has been changed.  It is no longer possible to:

  1. Adjust the strength of the computer
  2. Turn off the evaluation bar
  3. Prevent the website from telling you about mistakes, etc.

This has made it impossible to use this feature for real practice, for example in endagmes, where you need to hold against the max strength computer, but do not want the evaluation bar to give you a "hint" when you go wrong.  It's not very good training, if the evaluation bar just tells you the answers.

This used to work great, but as it is, has become useless to me.  Why has it been changed, and is there any way to make it work as before?

delta9678

Agreed, it has definitely been made worse

OldSchoolB

Yes, this is a terrible change! Why?!?!?

MadLuc

I was told yesterday that they are working on all the features mentioned here...coming soon!

billybayou007

If this is a permanent change; this website will lose many long term members like me who will be demanding complete refunds.

K_Duncan

Please enable the Play Computer 'Choose' with 'Custom' options (like 'Enable Hints' & 'Allow Takebacks') to be available during 'Finish vs Computer'.  Those previously available functions should not have been removed.

K_Duncan

Can you please add the 'Flip Board' capability back to 'Finish vs Computer'.  It enabled the user to switch sides during the game. 

BurtonC123

Stuff like this should be reported in the beta club

K_Duncan
BurtonC123 wrote:

"Stuff like this should be reported in the beta club"

How does one find 'the beta club'?

 

 

lmcclo01

My Girl did figure out how to vary the strength of the engine, but I can't recall how.  It used to be so easy.  I was displayed all the time.  And worse. I just realized today that I can't play against the computer as black anymore, only white.  This is a big loss to me.  I beg the webmasters to go back to how it was . 

B1ZMARK

lolu56

is that ur gf 

 

B1ZMARK
jvsteiner wrote:

It seems that the "finish against the computer" feature has been changed.  It is no longer possible to:

  1. Adjust the strength of the computer
  2. Turn off the evaluation bar
  3. Prevent the website from telling you about mistakes, etc.

This has made it impossible to use this feature for real practice, for example in endagmes, where you need to hold against the max strength computer, but do not want the evaluation bar to give you a "hint" when you go wrong.  It's not very good training, if the evaluation bar just tells you the answers.

 

This used to work great, but as it is, has become useless to me.  Why has it been changed, and is there any way to make it work as before?

 

1. Possible to adjust the computer strength.

2. You can turn off the eval bar, go to "custom" once you select "choose"

3. Also in "custom" (or you can turn it on max difficulty)

lolu56

i have a hot girlfriend.

 

billybayou007

This is a disaster. It used to be programed at the senior adult Stockfish 11 level with lots of features and options. NOW - It is the baby child 600 level. What a cruel joke to the many members who have supported Chess.com for so many years.

jvsteiner
SNUDOO wrote:
jvsteiner wrote:

It seems that the "finish against the computer" feature has been changed.  It is no longer possible to:

  1. Adjust the strength of the computer
  2. Turn off the evaluation bar
  3. Prevent the website from telling you about mistakes, etc.

This has made it impossible to use this feature for real practice, for example in endagmes, where you need to hold against the max strength computer, but do not want the evaluation bar to give you a "hint" when you go wrong.  It's not very good training, if the evaluation bar just tells you the answers.

 

This used to work great, but as it is, has become useless to me.  Why has it been changed, and is there any way to make it work as before?

 

1. Possible to adjust the computer strength.

2. You can turn off the eval bar, go to "custom" once you select "choose"

3. Also in "custom" (or you can turn it on max difficulty)

 

  Sure, if you want to play a whole game from the starting position.  What if you want to play a specific position, like this: https://www.chess.com/play/computer?fen=8%2F8%2F7k%2FR6P%2FP7%2F3K4%2F7r%2F8%20b%20-%20-%200%201

 

Black to draw

BurtonC123
jvsteiner wrote:
SNUDOO wrote:
jvsteiner wrote:

It seems that the "finish against the computer" feature has been changed.  It is no longer possible to:

  1. Adjust the strength of the computer
  2. Turn off the evaluation bar
  3. Prevent the website from telling you about mistakes, etc.

This has made it impossible to use this feature for real practice, for example in endagmes, where you need to hold against the max strength computer, but do not want the evaluation bar to give you a "hint" when you go wrong.  It's not very good training, if the evaluation bar just tells you the answers.

 

This used to work great, but as it is, has become useless to me.  Why has it been changed, and is there any way to make it work as before?

 

1. Possible to adjust the computer strength.

2. You can turn off the eval bar, go to "custom" once you select "choose"

3. Also in "custom" (or you can turn it on max difficulty)

 

  Sure, if you want to play a whole game from the starting position.  What if you want to play a specific position, like this: https://www.chess.com/play/computer?fen=8%2F8%2F7k%2FR6P%2FP7%2F3K4%2F7r%2F8%20b%20-%20-%200%201

 

Black to draw

Interesting position. Even sf at low depth thinks it’s winning!

jvsteiner

Interesting position. Even sf at low depth thinks it’s winning!

https://syzygy-tables.info/?fen=8/8/7k/R6P/P7/3K4/7r/8_b_-_-_0_1

it's a draw, you can't trust engines in rook endgames - which is exactly why my son uses (or used to use, that is) this now-broken feature to practice his endgame technique.

Capabotvikhine
lolu56 wrote:

i have a hot girlfriend.

 

I will bet she even has half her teeth still- right? 🤣

B1ZMARK
jvsteiner wrote:
SNUDOO wrote:
jvsteiner wrote:

It seems that the "finish against the computer" feature has been changed.  It is no longer possible to:

  1. Adjust the strength of the computer
  2. Turn off the evaluation bar
  3. Prevent the website from telling you about mistakes, etc.

This has made it impossible to use this feature for real practice, for example in endagmes, where you need to hold against the max strength computer, but do not want the evaluation bar to give you a "hint" when you go wrong.  It's not very good training, if the evaluation bar just tells you the answers.

 

This used to work great, but as it is, has become useless to me.  Why has it been changed, and is there any way to make it work as before?

 

1. Possible to adjust the computer strength.

2. You can turn off the eval bar, go to "custom" once you select "choose"

3. Also in "custom" (or you can turn it on max difficulty)

 

  Sure, if you want to play a whole game from the starting position.  What if you want to play a specific position, like this: https://www.chess.com/play/computer?fen=8%2F8%2F7k%2FR6P%2FP7%2F3K4%2F7r%2F8%20b%20-%20-%200%201

 

Black to draw

I don't know how to do that, I never even tried to play positions against comps before. It might be there, it might not. I don't know.

But you can do the other things you said wasn't possible, that I do know.