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Subject: Re: Chessmaster cannot join

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 08:42:38 10/29/02

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On October 29, 2002 at 05:56:27, Vincent Diepeveen wrote:

>On October 28, 2002 at 13:06:18, Gian-Carlo Pascutto wrote:
>>On October 28, 2002 at 13:04:34, Bob Durrett wrote:
>>>If you do that, the FICS server may go down right in the middle of your
>>>Maybe better would be to get a dedicated "FICS-like" server.
>>That's what he said.
>>What about programs that are buggy, run under DOS and so on?
>>Lots of those in tournaments like this.
>Chessmaster cannot join. First of all Johan only runs under DOS.

He can either fix it or sit out.  So what?  Lashing up a winboard protocol to an
existing engine is _not_ a complicated task if they won't make their own GUI
compatible with FICS.  DOS still has network support so that isn't an issue at

>Also some beginners don't even have pondering, not to mention that
>they do not work there.

So?  They don't have to ponder if they don't want to...

>But most important point is that the human contact gets lost in this
>way which you have otherwise during a game.

How?  I sit on my side of the table, you sit on your side. The only thing new is
that we can't type a thing once the game starts.  We can watch our programs
make moves, display analysis, etc.  But we can not interfere in the game in any

Are you intentionally trying to be obtuse here or do you really not comprehend
what this discussion is about?  Everyone gathers at one place just like they do
at ICCA events.  We just eliminate the operator input, everything else stays the

It would be _more fun_ with no typing pressure, you can go to the bathroom
you want.  If you want something to eat, you can leave without worrying about
a move.  You can walk up and down the tables looking at other games without
about missing a move...


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