ChessFriends.com News in a Wrap: Big Chessboard, Smarter Cheat Detector, Seasonal Tournaments, Four New Languages
Our developing team has typed in many codes and words in the last few weeks. And the result? Several improvements, tens of banned cheaters and four new language localizations.
Small displays of notebooks and netbooks make every pixel valuable. For players who would benefit from bigger chessboard, we have prepared a full-screen playing mode. Thanks to the absence of left-hand menu and game switch at the top, the design now uses the maximal height of browser’s window.
Innovated Cheat Detector
There is no wall that would be completely bulletproof. It is always possible to make a bullet capable of shooting through a so-called bulletproof wall. On the other hand, it is not impossible to make another wall, that would stop this “all-piercing” bullet. It seems that the evolution od bulletproof walls and wall-piercing rounds is endless (and without the beginning?).
Cheating and cheat detecting, so common in the realm of virtual chess a non-cheater finds it difficult to believe, is somewhat similar. The latest version of our Cheat Detection system, in comparision to its predecessor, has been improved by several stages of development. The likelihood of encountering a self-designed chess grandaster have been significantly lowered.
At the end of the sumer, the Tournament section have blossomed thanks to the regular simulteneous exhibitions against Jan Markos. The autumn have brought Seasonal Tournaments. What do we denote by this formerly unknown title?
The new tournament concept is fairly similar to classic team league. A Seasonal Tournament is consisted of several sub-tournaments. At the beginning of every Seasonal Tournament, a few entry-level tournaments will be created. Well-placed players (about the top three places) gain the ticket to the second-level tournament. In the end of the season, one or more tournament will be held, awarded by valuable prizes.
Detailed rules will be drawn before the commencement of the Seasonal Tournament. At the moment, the first Seasonal Tournament is being prepared, it should start in the course of November.
Automatic Message Filter
With raising number of players, the public chat is becoming a haven of people who have a bizarre common hobby – annoying other users with their chat messages. Guarding the chat’s order non-stop is not very effective, therefore we have developed a module capable of identifying rude speech, unwanted advertisement and wall-papering.
It turned out that the filter is not fine enough and some proper messages are considered improper. At the moment, it is being tuned to make it more friendly to discussion, while more hostile to spam and swearing.
Guests can only play friendly (unrated) matches and cannot use the public chat. There are four new localisations – Spanish, French, Swedish and Tagalog. The settings now include the option to show captured pieces.
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