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It was last modified on: 2005-03-30
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melissa71175 wrote on 2002-12-06 UTCPoor ★
listen i cant get on the sight and i want my money back ive been trying since yesterday and its not my computer its the sight i wish someone would email me back melissa

Ken wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
The Its Your Turn web site appears that it's been 'down' since Wed evening Dec 4. Does anyone know why? Is it a technical problem, or did they go out of business or what? I've been using it over a year without any significant problems before, so this is a new development.

Glenn Overby II wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
I'm as much in the dark as Ken is...I play a few games there (ItsYourTurn),
and have had no trouble until this extended outage.  If I hear anything
reliable I'll mention it here.

Glenn Overby

Ken wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
About the 'vanished' Its Your Turn web site: Since we can't contact the
site to ask what's going in, does anyone know if they have any 'sister
site' or other related site who might know what's going on? Maybe someone
even knows someone in charge at Its Your Turn and can call them (or email
them some separate way) to get an answer. Does anyone know where they are
I've used the Its Your Turn site regularly for over a year, and there were
a couple of times where they had server problems and were down for a
couple hours, but nothing like this. This outage is in its third day now,
with no warning. Maybe they got hacked into or something, who knows?

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
What's particularly worrisome about this outage is that they seem to have lost their DNS entry (the <b>D</b>omain <b>N</b>ame <b>S</b>ystem is what maps names like '' into actual internet address -- more info <a href=''>here</a>). Now, I've read that if a DNS entry is delisted for any reason it takes about three days for it to perculate back through the system and that site to become findable again. I hope that they've just been accidently delisted and that's it.

Ken wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
Its Your Turn update - The its your turn site is back! This is as of about
1 pm Friday afternoon Central US time. There was no explanation on the
site (that I could find) as to what happened. My games seemed to be as I
left them Wednesday (but with no adjustments for time limits).
If anybody knows anything about happened, I think there's a lot of users
of that site wondering.

Glenn Overby II wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
I confirm Ken's statement...with the added note that those of us who play
fast (28-hour) tournaments saw every game time out.  :(

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
If you click on news on left menu bar when at IYT, you will see that the outage is due to the NC icestorm, and that they will be fixing the tournament timeouts.

Ken wrote on 2002-12-06 UTC
More on 'Its Your Turn' site outage. Yes, there is an item of explantion on
their site about what happened, but its a little hard to find. You have to
click 'Message Boards' (left column) and then News from the next screen.
Apparently there was a big ice storm in North Carolina that created
mega-problems for several days and huge power outages. Even after several
days, the folks in NC are still not out of the woods and still battling
big problems and continued power outages. So the problems with the web
site are totally understandable! Up until now, I had no idea where the
site was based - now I know it's North Carolina!

Glenn Overby II wrote on 2002-12-07 UTC
They're working hard on making everyone whole.  This is a brief excerpt
from a long explanatory message apparently sent to subscribers in

---begin excerpt---
Any timed-out tournament and non-tournament games since midnight Thursday
will be restored automatically. Also, we will suspend tournament timeouts
until midnight on Tuesday. 

If you are a current member, we will add 2 days to your membership. Please
email [email protected] from the email address registered on your
account, and we will take care of this for you. Please allow a few days
for us to get to this request, since we are frantically trying to address
all the issues relating to this downtime.
---end excerpt---

John Ayer wrote on 2003-03-24 UTC
Stephen Pribut's FAQ are actually located at .

Nick Wedd wrote on 2003-04-02 UTC
The page gves the rules of
XiangQi, and works perfectly well with InternetExplorer.  But if I try to
read it with Netscape4, it automatically forwards me to the page
chess&mode=books&p=15&o=1, which does not exist.


Raymond Reid wrote on 2004-03-20 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Hello to all at Chess Variants,
                               The 2004 edition of the Chesmayne Chess
Dictionary is now back on-line at:-


Yours sincerely,

Raymond Reid.

Laurent Dubois wrote on 2004-04-20 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
here is a variant of chess:

playing chess on a draught board with the addition of a piece: the
'zig-zag', which can move as many cases as one wants horizontally or
vertically zigzagging.

Laurent Dubois

Steve wrote on 2004-04-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Discover 4-way chess and play vs. computer now at

Steve wrote on 2004-11-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is really freaky! I was taught a game by my uncle about thirty years
ago (im 43 now) called Martian Chess. The pieces were a Freezer
(upside-down rook), chamelion (bishop), coordinator (knight), long leaper
(queen), retractor (king) and Flanker (pawn), but all at the same time, no
normal pieces. It was one of the best games I ever played and I even taught
my kid and he thinks it's cool too.

This is the first time I've ever seen anyone that ever heard of this
stuff in my entire life. What a mind-blower!


Tony Quintanilla wrote on 2004-11-20 UTC
Steve, this sounds like Ultima. See our page on that game.

benj wrote on 2004-12-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
chess players, help me i needed an answer, is there really a rule in chess that when an opponent have no more piece only his king, i must checkmate him within 11 moves or else it would be considered as a stalemate. please send me a reply on my email address.... [email protected] ...thanx

Doug Chatham wrote on 2004-12-11 UTC
11? No. See the first question in the <a href=''>Chess FAQ</a>

Jared McComb wrote on 2005-03-30 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
The rating is for the new layout of the page.

One thing I find annoying about it, though, is the way the page instantly
jumps to a certain spot whenever you click on anything.  In my opinion, it
would be easier to navigate if it just sat where it was.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-03-31 UTC
I don't understand your comments, Jared. To understand them better, I need to know what you're seeing. Do you just see a single list of options, or do you see the full content of the page? You're supposed to initially see only a single list of options, but if you don't have JavaScript and CSS running, you will see the entire content. When you click on an option, and assuming that JavaScript and CSS are enabled, you will see only the portion of the content that you clicked on a link for.

Greg Strong wrote on 2005-03-31 UTC
Fergus, it works as you describe for me, with the exception of the 'submit content' option, which doesn't seem to do anything.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-03-31 UTC
The 'submit content' option works on my browser, which is Mozilla Firefox. What browser are you using?

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-03-31 UTC
Okay, I think I know what you mean, Jared. It wasn't such a problem when I was testing the prototype, because I didn't have the full footer content, which caused the page to move around less. It is functioning this way so that it will remain useful on browsers that don't support JavaScript and CSS. I think I can do this by using JavaScript and the NOSCRIPT tags to write alternate versions of the links, but it will have to wait, as it is time for Alias.

Greg Strong wrote on 2005-03-31 UTC
IE 6.0. 'submit content' scrolls the screen a little, but it doesn't give me any additional options, like the others do.

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