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Feb. 27th, 2007

11:37 pm - Open source entertainment

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From:not_on_fire
Date:February 28th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
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Both the Internet Chess Club (www.chessclub.com) and FICS (the free version) have used the kind of protocol you're talking about since 1994. In theory you can play on them using telnet, although in practice you'd use a client such as BlitzIn for Windows.

A particularly ingenious part of the above client is the 'timestamp' feature - which stops network lag affecting the amount of time a player has left on their clock.

ICC in particular is huge - most Grandmasters and IMs play on it at least semi-regularly - so you'd probably be wasting your time trying to develop an alternative. Especially since the clients are generally free (though you have to pay about $30 a year to play on ICC, after a two week free trial.)

I've been playing on ICC since 1999 so do ask if you want more info.
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From:not_on_fire
Date:February 28th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
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Addendum: WinBoard/Xboard is compatible with ICC and FICS, and is the standard client for such a use on Linux.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:February 28th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
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Most Go software works in a similar way, I believe.
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From:shuripentu
Date:February 28th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know you were a chess fan. :)
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