What's wrong with the software?

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Re: What's wrong with the software?

Post by Ian Thompson » Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:40 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:32 pm
If the cursor hovers over a pawn or piece, isn't that touch move?
No more than a hand hovering over a piece would be in an OTB game. You could argue, and I'm sure it would be easy to program, that clicking on a piece constitutes touching it.

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Re: What's wrong with the software?

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:12 pm

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Kieseritzky, it is often said, had a rather tragic end to his life. Dying penniless in a charity hospital and given a pauper's grave? Poor old soul.
One of the first prominent chessplayers to end his days in that sad fashion, but certainly not the last.
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Re: What's wrong with the software?

Post by MJMcCready » Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:50 pm

Indeed, although this is something the modern super GM does not have to worry about much.

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Re: What's wrong with the software?

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:12 pm

Ian Thompson wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:40 pm
MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:32 pm
If the cursor hovers over a pawn or piece, isn't that touch move?
No more than a hand hovering over a piece would be in an OTB game. You could argue, and I'm sure it would be easy to program, that clicking on a piece constitutes touching it.
I don't think it would be fair to consider it touch move.
I don't play much online chess and when I was playing in the British Seniors a few weeks ago, I sometimes lost track of where my mouse cursor was and I found (after my previous move or because I accidentally moved it while the opponent was thinking) it was on a different piece than I expected.

I tried to train myself to shift the cursor right to a non-board area after each move but it didn't always behave.
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Re: What's wrong with the software?

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:12 am

I don't think anyone would mind the cursor hovering over a piece. Clicking on it yes, moving it to a different square even more so.

edit : this discussion now has nothing whatsoever to do with the opening post ( Kevin to blame? ), but by chance still matches the title of the thread quite well.
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Re: What's wrong with the software?

Post by MJMcCready » Fri Feb 05, 2021 4:48 am

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:12 pm
MJMcCready wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:02 am
Kieseritzky, it is often said, had a rather tragic end to his life. Dying penniless in a charity hospital and given a pauper's grave? Poor old soul.
One of the first prominent chessplayers to end his days in that sad fashion, but certainly not the last.
A late night read shows Diggle has an interesting take on his life and character.
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