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A new error in apothecary chess- classic[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Aurelian Florea wrote on 2020-09-11 UTC

Hello Fergus, In the game below:

https://www.chessvariants.com/play/pbm/play.php?game=Apothecary+Chess-Classic&log=catugo-panther-2020-252-429

when black tries to move the king, a threefold repetition is claimed. Any idea why?


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2020-09-11 UTC

Any idea why?

The boardflags string was period delimited. Since this value was included in the value of posvar, whose value was being used as a variable name, and array elements are now period delimited, it was treating it as an array element. I stopped this by making the value of boardflags comma delimited.


Aurelian Florea wrote on 2020-09-11 UTC

Thanks!


Kevin Pacey wrote on 2020-09-13 UTC

For the log

https://www.chessvariants.com/play/pbm/play.php?game=Apothecary+Chess-Classic&log=catugo-panther-2020-252-429

When I click on 'Kevin Pacey to move', I only get to see the diagram, and the note saying to make and preview my move. Maybe a bug with the preset, or with CVP website/Game Courier? I have a handicap in that with my Windows 7 Windows Explorer browser, I cannot move by mouse-clicking on a piece, if that would have helped in this case (I need to type in my moves, which I'm unable to do in the case of this log's apparent bug).


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2020-09-14 UTC

When I click on 'Kevin Pacey to move', I only get to see the diagram, and the note saying to make and preview my move. Maybe a bug with the preset, or with CVP website/Game Courier? I have a handicap in that with my Windows 7 Windows Explorer browser, I cannot move by mouse-clicking on a piece, if that would have helped in this case (I need to type in my moves, which I'm unable to do in the case of this log's apparent bug).

It worked fine in Firefox, but when I tested Internet Explorer, it did not work. Since I have updated my computer to Windows 10, and Internet Explorer isn't giving me the debugging information I need, I am abandoning support for Internet Explorer. If you're going to stick to Windows 7, you should use a browser that is still kept up-to-date, such as Firefox or Chrome. However, I do recommend updating your computer to Windows 10, because Windows 7 is no longer supported, and it may become increasingly vulnerable to threats on the internet. So, here is a link on how to do that:

https://www.howtogeek.com/509087/how-to-upgrade-from-windows-7-to-windows-10-for-free/


Greg Strong wrote on 2020-09-14 UTC

If you are still running Windows 7, you should discontinue use of Internet Explorer. I would recommend you install Firefox, and then add the uBlock Origin extension (an ad blocker). Firefox runs in a security sandbox, and the ad blocker will reduce the chances of even viewing malware in the first place. Running Windows 7 still won't be 100% safe, but this will be much, much better than running IE. Under no circumstances should you run IE on Win7 at this point.


Kevin Pacey wrote on 2020-09-15 UTC

I have a Windows 10 laptop (besides the Windows 7 one). I could try to use Windows Edge with it, if that's also an okay browser for with CVP website/Game Courier these days.

In the past I used FireFox after Fergus suggested it, but eventually that browser gave me some sort of troubles on one or more of my computers (not sure if it was on the Windows 7 laptop, which was actually converted from being an original Windows Vista laptop by a family member). A relative told me Chrome could cause me difficulties as well, but I don't know if she was really sure.


Greg Strong wrote on 2020-09-15 UTC

Edge should work fine but I don't know if it has plug-ins for ad blockers, nor do I know if it runs in a security sandbox. (It's Microsoft and they are not exactly known for putting security first. Or even second.) These are the important things if you are going to continue to run Win7. Firefox should work for you just fine, although Chrome should as well.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2020-09-15 UTC

Edge is now Chromium-based and can run all the same extensions as Chrome, as well as its own Microsoft extensions. I got uBlock Origin from the Microsoft store, and I got NoScript from the Chrome store.


Kevin Pacey wrote on 2020-09-16 UTC

MS Edge seems to be the browser that came with my Windows 10 laptop.

Using that particular laptop (which is strangely a bit sluggish when using its built-in mouse, even when I'm not on the internet), I was able to finally reply to Aurelian, in the game log in question. Thanks Greg & Fergus.


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