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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-18)
Major update : New interface !

Hello to all.

You may have noticed that the way to send moves has changed, at least the way by default (you still can choose to play through the old - HTML only - interface by clicking "slow moves" in My games).

Please note that there are no more confirmation pages when using the new Javascript interface, meaning your moves will be sent as soon as you press the Send button. Also Javascript should be activated in your browser, that is generally the case.

Other changes :

- My games display only games where it's your turn, you can change it by clicking 'display all games'.

- It is now possible to download all chess games (PGN format) in a particular tournament, see the bottom of the page.

- To avoid massive forfeits, the number of running games is now limited to 60.

... and hundreds of other small improvements :)

Feel free to report possible bugs or if you have any suggestions. Thanks in advance !

Wolfgang Utesch    (2007-09-18 16:10:49)
Great ....

and very, very, very fast! Thank very much, Thibault

Matt Lasley    (2007-09-18 18:11:18)
Love it

Love it. This answers my old question about skips and sequence stuff too. Very nice. Thanks.

Hannes Rada    (2007-09-18 22:15:53)
Good improvements

Thanks alot - I like these improvements. However, as I can see this is no real drag and drop. When I click on the piece it disappears until it reaches it destination square. Is this behaviour correct ? Maybe because I've no Javascript enabled ?? Where can I check this ? Quite cool - indication of the remaining time in hour, minutes and seconds :-)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-18 23:59:27)
Drag and drop

Hi Hannes... This behaviour is correct so your javascript is enabled. That's true, I did not find a way to combine a javascript drag and drop with the FICGS interface :/ .. The event onMouseUp did not work when on another element (image). Waiting for another way... ;)

Charlie Neil    (2007-09-19 10:39:55)
Mighty Fine

Love the new interface! No drag and drop yet but, you can't have everything. Faster movement on the board gives me more excuses for finger-slip blunders. And all for the same price!.......B-)

Heinz-Georg Lehnhoff    (2007-09-19 18:02:57)
New options in Preferences

Hello Thibault!

Nice update, but ...

Is it possible to set in the preferences how to start a FICGS session? I would like to have "display all games" and "slow moves" as default ...

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-19 18:34:09)
New options in Preferences

I was to implement it ;)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-19 22:29:19)
New update

Now you can choose in Preferences if you want to use the fast interface (Javascript) or the slow one (HTML) by default, also if you want to display all running games or pending games only in My games.

Two sizes for gobans are now available in Preferences, the smaller one may be better to see the form without scrolling with the fast interface.

Don Groves    (2007-09-20 07:58:42)
New interface!

Excellent changes, Thibault! Much smoother now. One request I have: please show the remaining clock next to each game on the page after we submit a move. This will help greatly in deciding which game to visit next. -- Don

Don Groves    (2007-09-20 08:23:56)
One more thing...

I just noticed there is no longer a "back" button. With no "back" button, I am afraid of sending a wrong move! Can we have the "back" button back ;-)

Don Groves    (2007-09-20 08:47:33)
Please don't min my poor eyesight!

I just noticed the clock is there already, in smaller print Which I missed seeing :-(

Josef Riha    (2007-09-20 11:19:23)
One more thing...

Hello Don, simply click on the target field and the move is take back.
Greetings, Josef.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-20 12:21:28)
One more thing...

Hi Don, I'll add an explanation about this below the form... As said Josef, you just have to click once more on the board to reload the page.

About the clock in My games, should I understand that you never used this page before, after one year playing at FICGS ? :)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-21 01:17:34)
(Skip) or (Flip board) ?

Question : Would you prefer the (Skip) option to go to the next game, instead of (Flip board) in the new interface ? .. I can't let both of them, but maybe noone use the flip board one !?

Don Groves    (2007-09-21 04:31:25)
One more thing...

Thibault escrit: "About the clock in My games, should I understand that you never used this page before, after one year playing at FICGS ? :)" I've always used the "My messages" page instead ;-)

Don Groves    (2007-09-21 04:33:39)
One more thing (again)

Josef escrit: "Hello Don, simply click on the target field and the move is take back." Hello, Josef, and thanks for the tip!

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-21 12:20:49)
One more thing...

Quite funny :) .. I used to do the same but finally My games is more convenient.. What about the (Skip) option ?

Dan Rotaru    (2007-09-22 01:16:27)
Games download

Excellent update and new interface, thank you very much Thibault. I really like the new feature which allows to download all games in a particular tournament. On this note it really would be nice to be able to download all one's games in progress. If playing few tournaments in the same time it is not practical to download all of them. Also what about being able to download all the games finished on FICGS from the beginning to date?

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-22 01:40:25)
Games download

Hello Dan, thanks :)

Did you try this ?

Also you may try to click the "print" icon at the top of My games page...

Don Groves    (2007-09-23 00:46:41)
One more thing...

You are correct, Thibault! My Games is easier to use than My Messages. So why don't you send us directly to My Games after logging in? ;-)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-24 01:16:36)
My games or My messages

Hi Don ;)

Why... why... why such good questions ? :) .. well, I quite like to see all games notations first, to look for the game I'll think about before without clicking all of them. Anyway, taste & colors only ;)

Garvin Gray    (2007-09-24 07:41:22)
site messages

Another reason could be so we see any important site change messages as our first port of call

Don Groves    (2007-09-24 10:14:28)
Good points...

... by both of you ;-)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-27 21:57:34)
New update (2007-09-27)

A new update :

- Private messages facility (see bottom of My messages) has been implemented, you can send a message that will be sent by email to your opponent. You can disallow other members to send messages to you in Preferences

- Now you'll be redirected to the next game by default after sending your move. You can change this option in Preferences.

- Go scorer, now much more convenient, you just have to click on the groups to remove before to score the game.

Svante Carl von Erichsen    (2007-09-28 01:07:38)
empty page

This is just a little issue: When I submit a move, and no game with pending moves is left, an empty page is displayed. I think it would be better to return to the games page immediately.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 01:11:35)
empty page

That's right ! .. Thanks, I'll update it soon.

Rodolfo d Ettorre    (2007-09-28 03:16:26)
Private Message

That new feature works, I have just sent a private message to myself ...

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 03:21:06)
Private message

:) .. yes I did it too, this feature is very good when one have no friends ! :o)

By the way, there may be an option to discuss with the server in the chat bar... To be continued ;)

Garvin Gray    (2007-09-28 03:28:13)

Proposal for site rule, now that private messages has been enabled.

Publication of a private message without the authors expressed permission is forbidden and will lead to ...... (insert penalty here).

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 04:08:18)
Publication of a private message

Ok. Anyway publication of a private message without the authors expressed permission is punished by the law (at least in France), right ?

Don Groves    (2007-09-28 05:48:24)
New interface

Just as I was getting used to seeing My Games after submitting a move, now I'm taken to a game! I'd rather see My Games so I can choose which game to see next.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 11:24:40)
My games

Hi Don, feel free to uncheck "next game" option in Preferences ;)

Don Groves    (2007-09-28 20:07:16)
Next game option

Ah, merci!

Robert Mueller    (2007-09-29 08:58:10)
Publication of a private message

>Ok. Anyway publication of a private >message without the authors expressed >permission is punished by the law (at >least in France), right ? What's the penalty? Still guillotine? ;)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-29 14:03:55)
Publication of a private message

No, only 45,000 Euros and 1 year :)

"Le fait, commis de mauvaise foi, d'ouvrir, de supprimer, de retarder ou de détourner des correspondances arrivées ou non à destination et adressées à des tiers, ou d'en prendre frauduleusement connaissance, est puni d'un an d'emprisonnement et de 45000 euros d'amende. Est puni des mêmes peines le fait, commis de mauvaise foi, d'intercepter, de détourner, d'utiliser ou de divulguer des correspondances émises, transmises ou reçues par la voie des télécommunications ou de procéder à l'installation d'appareils conçus pour réaliser de telles interceptions."

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-02 03:45:44)
Update : Crosstables and Big Chess

A new update, now tournament crosstables link to games (in a new window), which is a more convenient way to find a particular game in a tournament. Click the magnifying glass next to the tournament's name, then on a symbol (1, 0, =, *) in the crosstable and a new window will appear with the game.

Also a new category in special tournaments : Big Chess masters (2000+), waiting for a complete category for Big Chess. Reminder : Your first Big Chess rating is your current Correspondence Chess rating - 300 (see your ratings in Preferences), so a player CC rated 2300+ without a Big Chess rating can enter the Big Chess masters waiting list.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-03 15:16:42)
Update : Rating changes

Rating changes for advanced chess (bullet, lightning, blitz), big chess & Go are now mentioned in emails when a game is finished.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-22 15:07:45)
Update : Interface

The interface for fast moves has been updated, now it shows the move number. The (Flip) (Skip) duet disppeared, replaced by symbols and a shortcut to public comments.. I hope everyone see it correctly.

Also a few minor bugs corrected & improvements...

The titles page has been updated -