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Subject: Re: DGT vs Novag Universal

Author: Rolf Gustafsson

Date: 13:01:24 01/20/99

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On January 20, 1999 at 15:15:49, Michael Ginat wrote:

>On January 20, 1999 at 12:05:53, Rolf Gustafsson wrote:
>>On January 20, 1999 at 08:01:31, Sylvain Renard wrote:
>>>On January 19, 1999 at 19:49:26, Michael Ginat wrote:

>Thanks guys.
>I don't have a problem with a delay of a couple of seconds - if that was
>happening I could give myself a couple of minutes extra in a user defined timed
>I had another thought - DGT states on their web site that they did not put in
>LED's because of tournaments. I wonder why they didn't think of including LED's
>with a simple switch to deactivate them when needed! Is that too futuristic of

  I know that DGT are working on ways to give feedback
to the player, so things will (hopefully) change.
I don't work for them, so I can't give any details nor a timeframe.

  What I can say is that my personal opinion, as a DGT-board owner, is
that the lack of LEDs is sometime exagerated.
I've played alot of chess computers and the ones that has had LEDs
I sometimes when I'm playing notice that I've "stopped thinking" and
are only concentrating on when a LED will light up.
It's like looking "through" the position and on the LEDs.
This is mostly on boards with LEDs in every square, or every corner
of the squares.
On the other hand when I'm playing with the DGT-board I usually continue
to contemplate the position and are only disturbed when the computer
beeps/talks/flashes the screen or whatever.
It's not true that you need to "glare at the screen" while the computer
are thinking.
This is my personal opinion and I'm sure there are people with
other views.

  Rolf G.

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