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1 simultaneous games

  • #1

    It is possible to have two or more simultaneous games or perhaps no simultaneous games but it is not possible to have one simultaneous game. The term "1 simultaneous games" used by chess.com to describe online team matches in which participants play one game at a time is nonsensical and stupid. 

  • #2

    Yes, it is possible to have 2 simultaneous games.


    Are you an Admin? Do you set up team matches? Can you? If so, you may want to take a look at my tutorial which explains everything.

    And it's not "nonsensical or stupid" when dealing with members who may wish to keep their number of games down (as all higher-rated players do and many busy members do).

  • #3

    Yes, you are an Admin; of "Bangkok Chess Club", 117 members. May want to see my tutorial.

  • #4

    thank you captain. i am on my way to your tutorial. my comment has to do with language and not substance. 

  • #5

    hello captain, what a great tutorial. beautifully done.thank you. i will circulate among the other admins in the 3 groups in which i serve as admin.

  • #6

    Thanks for your kind words! I certainly hope it helps! Good luck to you and your team!

  • #7

    thank you ucanthandlethetruth, excellent reminder of the meaning and origin of the word. i corrected  my typo.

  • #8

    You are a very well mannered person, Jamalov. Pleasure to have met you. Don't let the trolls get to you.

  • #9

    Hi Jamal. If I understand correctly you are talking about team matches where each team member plays one game against one opponent and all the games start together."Simultaneous" has a special meaning in chess (one player playing lots of players at the same time on multiple boards). So "concurrent" would be a better choice here, I think. "One game per player, played concurrently". Alternatives would be, presumably, multiple games per player played concurrently, or consecutively. Or, taking melvernboy's point:

    <variable> (= number of games)  & <variable> (= "consecutive" or "concurrent") & "game(s)" 

  • #10

    melvernboy, good point, but surely the art of computer programming has advanced since 1960s style cobol computer talk. i don't think we should accept this kind of childish programming. (btw, a few decades ago i used to be a fortran programmer and my first ex wife was a cobol programmer. it was a programming household.)

  • #11

    josechu, brilliant comment as usual. simul has a special meaning in chess and a chess server should probably shy away from using that word in the generic sense. even if we use the word concurrent, that word should be used only when more than one game with the same opponent is to be played at the same time and this description should be left out entirely otherwise. 

  • #12

    In the sense that each player is only playing one game in the match so no adjective is required. I see. The games are concurrrent only in so far as they are played at the same time as other games in the match. But I don't suppose it makes much sense to play board one, then only start board 2 when board 1 is finished - could be the longest match in history!. So you are right: when the numeric variable is 1 then no adjective is required and "game" is in the singular. (Not am ex-programmer but an ex-linguist).

  • #13

    each player plays his opponent twice, once as white and once as black and these two games may be played either concurrently or consecutively. once the match starts the players are reminded whether the two games are concurrent or consecutive. if they are concurrent the message says "2 simultaneous games". if they are consecutive the message says "1 simultaneous games". i am guessing that the programmers are probably from a foreign country with better programming skills than language skills. in that case i think that perhaps every programming team should contain at least one educated native english speaker with proven language skills. there are a few other instances where the language can be cleaned up. For example, the friendship request notification that says "hey, add me to your friend list so we can stay in touch ...." is unnecessarily adolescent and folksy. 


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