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Subject: Re: time note

Author: Peter McKenzie

Date: 10:58:32 10/28/02

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On October 28, 2002 at 12:58:32, Robert Hyatt wrote:

>On October 28, 2002 at 11:45:38, Gian-Carlo Pascutto wrote:
>>On October 28, 2002 at 11:41:04, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>>>I think Uri meant the classic automatic tournament Ken Thompson and I tried to
>>>get the ICCA to use for many years.  Programmers are present, but the games are
>>>automatic once they are started.  IE you can watch, but you can't touch a key >on the keyboard.
>>Ok, I see the point.
>>My first thought is: many things that can go wrong setting up/with
>>the autoplayers.
>That is why I have suggested to the ICCA that they simply install FICS on a
>linux box, bring it to the tournament hall and connect every machine to that
>via a local switch.  ICC is known to work just fine, with the only issue being
>what time control to use.  But that is a minor issue and it certainly supports
>sudden-death to limit round durations, and it is certainly solid in terms of
>not having problems with timing, losing moves and so forth.  And with a
>centralized clock (on the server) there is no need for _any_ operator input
>once the game starts, which is a great advantage IMHO...

This would also be my preference.  I really hate those long games that are
manually operated, the skill of the operator is too much of a factor.  I like
computer chess competitions not operator competitions!

We actually used a setup exactly as you described for the Australian Comp. Chess
Champs a few years ago, and it worked perfectly.


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