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It was last modified on: 2015-12-11
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Aurelian Florea wrote on 2019-03-10 UTC

Hi Fergus,

A few days ago this on this post :    I've made a few days ago the title has been misteriously lost :)! Any idea why? When others have answered things seemed to have happened here:

Trouble is that things got disconencted and they have to not be :)!

Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-02-01 UTC

From how long ago do you mean?  What pages/items do you have a hard time finding?  What is going wrong with GC?  "Alfaerie: Many" is still around.  (I'm less likely to be able to help with GC issues...)

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2019-02-01 UTC

God, I'm afraid to sound like "grass-was-greener", but anyway, sometimes I occasionally visit and see it not as convenient as it used to be. The most pages take a lot time to find - okay, one can get used to that - but once I visit Game Courier trying not even to play, but merely set pieces to test them, board appears totally not as it was planned, and most of sets are gone somewhere (especially sorry for that huge Alfaery set with all pieces one could ever need).

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2018-11-02 UTC

User couriermabovini  has some games against me with unlimited time where he has not moved in tens of days.

No mail seem to be available. There seem to be others in my situation. Any hints about what to do?

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2018-11-02 UTC

Could be, be it is actually my bad as I had clicked on the simple "edit" rather than "person edit"!

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2018-11-01 UTC

That's a (now fixed) malfunction I'd long been meaning to ask about sometime, if and when I badly wanted to edit my personal info. Doesn't always pay to be shy, even on the internet.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-11-01 UTC

One part of the code said $SESSION instead of $_SESSION. That's now fixed.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2018-11-01 UTC

Why can't I edit my own personal information? It says I have to be an editor.

H. G. Muller wrote on 2018-10-11 UTC

> Just testing to make sure nothing is broken after updating scripts for entering comments.

Well, be sure something is broken: the script for entering comments again complains that you are not logged in by the time when you submit a long comment, after which the entire entered text is gone when you return to the entry form. This is the worst conceivable defect it could have.

And another remark: it is indeed good strategy to make the home-page HTML. But if you wanted, you could still put some script-generated info on it, (such as the what's new) by displaying it in a HTML frame that links to the script. If PHP then is not working, the frame would just remain empty.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-09-23 UTC

Just testing to make sure nothing is broken after updating scripts for entering comments.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-09-22 UTC

The new CAPTCHA displays two words that are related to Chess variants, and it is case insensitive, because some capital and lowercase letters look the same.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-09-22 UTC

Anonymous sign in has been broken ever since reCAPTCHA made the code I was using obsolete. Instead of updating to the new version and waiting for it to break down eventually, I wrote my own CAPTCHA processing code. It consists of three parts. There is a script that displays a graphic image of a CAPTCHA, a script that displays the form for logging in with a CAPTCHA, and the script for checking whether the text matches the CAPTCHA. This comment is a test of this.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-09-03 UTC

The homepage is now an HTML file. This is so that it still shows content when PHP or MySQL fails. It no longer includes the What's New section, which is script-generated, but it does include a link to the What's New page.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2018-09-02 UTC

I've now remembered why I should change this page from a PHP script to an HTML page. I had originally thought of doing this so that this page would show up when the site went down. Cloudflare, which I use for DNS, has the ability to cache content and continue to show it even when the server is down. However, this works only for static content. When I set it up to cache HTML files, it would not update the menu when someone logged in. So. I changed things back and put aside the idea of doing this page in HTML.

But now I've remembered that this page shows up as blank when PHP isn't working, but HTML pages still show their main content with only the headers and footers missing. While this isn't a good enough reason to turn all the scripts into HTML pages, I think it is a good enough reason to do the homepage in HTML. This is the main page that people come to when coming to this site, and if it is blank, it can give the appearance that the whole site is down even if it isn't.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2018-03-21 UTC

On the CVP Home Page, under What's New, the Game Courier (last) move made and (last) finished game are starting to show a negative number (indicated as for 'seconds') at the moment.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-12-06 UTC

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anto desouza wrote on 2017-12-05 UTC

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    I see website and its impressive.I wonder if the content or banners advertising options available on your site ?

What will be the price if we would like to put an article on your site?

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Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

@ HG

I see!

H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

Well, I don't know if there are enough engines to make this interesting. Of course the configurable engines Fairy-Max, Nebiyu and Sjaak II will be able to play it, but that only makes three. In addition, Alpaca Chess seems to be a version of Musketeer Chess, where you have to decide in advance where to introduce the piece. That add extra game state, which WinBoard/XBoard currently does not support. Playing a version of Seirawn Chess with an Alpaca (where you can gate at any back-rank square, rather than just a pre-determined one) would be possible, though.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC


Would you be able to also organize an Alapca chess tournament if you can arrange a seiwaran chess one? I'm quite sure no engine has implemented the move of the alapca (in Betza WmD) but it should be easy :)! I find it a more interesting game, Seiwaran quickly becomes very tactical :)!

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

Actually as TCEC, the 10th season, is currently on (at the time of me writting this comment stage 1 is approaching it's end). During it I though at an alternative to the many openings of the initial setup :)! In priciple you start the game with regular pieces but with an material imbalance, which in the classic point count 1,3,3,5,9 is balanced. I though one side should always start with exactly 2 or exactly 4 bishops for keeping pair. An example would be replacing the queenside rook with a knight and add 2 pawns for that side on the the central files (if white add pawns on d3&e3). I came up with 20-30 (have not exactly counted) such examples. What do you guys think about such orthodox chess tournaments? Of course there should be a double round robin comeptition where 2 engines play the positions in reverse for example if in the above example (assuming a competition for say 20 engines) stockfish plays white with NPP for r, then in round 20 (the away round if you'd lie) then stockfish play black with r for NPP.  The crux of this is that no extra programming should be done :). It's just you have to create other initial positions :)!

H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

I sometimes organize computer tournaments for Chess variants, when there are enough engines that can play it. In the past I did this for Xiangqi, 10x8 Chess (with BN and RN), Knightmate, Spartan Chess. Then I broadcast all the games. There are also people that never tire of running engine tournaments for orthodox Chess, and they sometimes also want to broadcast. So part of my work in this area is the development of a generally useful system for doing such broadcasts: a GUI with integrated tournament manager for running the tournament, a broadcasting agent which would deposit the moves made by the participants on a web server in real time, and a web client to retrieve information from the server.

As I had already created a turn-based server and web client for playing  chess variants, this seemed a good starting point for the broadcasting as well, as it would automatically store all finished games. So that people who missed some of the games could call those up for viewing as well.

Next time I am going to do any broadcasting, it would most likely be for a Seirawan Chess tournament. Stockfish is being converted to play this, and I happen to have a private version of Komodo that does this too. And a version of Fruit that I converted myself (but is still a bit buggy). And publicly available engines for Seirawan Chess are Sigla, Sjaak II and of course my own Fairy-Max. And perhaps ChessV can play it? And Nebiyu? (Did not check either of those.) In any case, it seems there could be enough participants for an interesting tournament.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-11-05 UTC

@HG Muller,

You have said in another thread that you are broadcasting all computer games (or at least you did so in the past), you may probably do in the future, although you have just said that not in the near future :). My question : what exactly are you broadcasting :)!

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-11-04 UTC

I just updated the commentonitem.php script to use PDO instead of mysql_, and I am trying it out by writing this comment.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-10-29 UTC

Thank you Fergus, I was wondering what went on :)!

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