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Chess Server Facilities

The table below shows detailed information what is supported in the club and what is not.

Feature Supported? Remark
En passant captures, castling, promotion Yes
Draw offer Yes FIDE Laws of Chess 9.1
3 boards repetition rule Yes FIDE Laws of Chess 9.2
50 moves rule Yes FIDE Laws of Chess 9.3
Insufficient mating material rule Yes* FIDE Laws of Chess 9.6
Validity check of moves, rejecting invalid moves Yes
Automatic recognition of checkmate and stalemate Yes
Resigning a game Yes
Formats, notations
Plain text message format Yes
Html (graphical) message format Yes
Game diagram as attachment No Use html message format instead
Short (or standard) algebraic notation Yes E.g. Nxc3+, O-O, etc.
Long algebraic notation Yes E.g. a4-c4, a4c3+, a4xc4, etc.
Coordinate notation Yes E.g. a4c4, a4c3, a4c4, etc.
Correspondence notation Yes E.g. 1434, 1433, 17281, etc.
PGN support Yes
Downloading games in PGN format Yes
Starting, playing and finishing games
Challenging any player Yes
Refusing any challenge Yes
Rated games Yes
Friendly games Yes
Choosing color Yes By the challenger
Choosing time control Yes By the challenger
Simultaneous games Yes 16 games initially, raises by 2 with every normally finished game
Requesting pairing Yes Automatic, according to rating, adjustable
Starting from predefined setup using move list Yes
Starting from predefined setup using FEN line Yes
Conditional moves Yes E.g. IF c5 THEN Nxa2
Claiming result in broken games Yes Winning, draw, losing or deleting
Archiving games
Saving finished games for future access Yes
Using multiple email addresses Yes
Changing email address Yes
Digest mode Yes To get only one or two messages per day.
Rating calculation Yes Implemented by the Glicko method.
Players list, ratings list Yes
Newsletter Yes
Country codes Yes ISO 3166-1
Age and gender, real name, other textual information Yes
Uploading photo Yes
Requesting last contact times Yes
Calculating average move times Yes
Calculating most active time in a day Yes
Game logs Yes Who when, what moved, etc.
Player logs Yes When you did something, what happened, etc.
Tournament logs Yes Entries, results, etc.
Giving out email addresses No Nor even planned
Sending messages to players Yes
Setting up spoken languages Yes ISO 639-2
Sending messages to the opponent with moves, challenges, etc. Yes
Broadcast messages No Nor even planned
Ignoring players Yes
Discussion lists Yes
Forums Yes
Time controls
The 10/30, 10/40, 10/50 systems Yes
The 5+1 system Yes
Games without time control Yes
Other player defined time controls Not yet
Vacation availability Yes
Automatic vacation Yes
Time forfeit Yes The innocent player wins
Reminders about late moves Yes Adjustable
Public tournament games Yes All tournament games
Class based single round-robins Yes 7 players
Swiss tournaments Not yet
KO tournaments Not yet
Open, rating independent tournaments Not yet
Tournaments for established players only Yes 5 normally finished games needed to enter for tournaments
Invitation based official tournaments Yes
Downloading all tournament games in PGN Yes
Studying game analyses Yes
Submitting game analyses Yes
Users manual Yes
Frequently Asked Questions Yes
Guidance for new players Yes
Digitally sign outgoing messages Yes
Digital signature verification on incoming messages Yes Messages with missing or invalid signature can be rejected
Submitting chess problems Yes
Submitting chess problems using FEN line Yes
Solving chess problems Yes

*: This rule is more complex than many think. I've summarized its aspects in the page. The tight interpretation of this rule is supported by the server, this is the first four cases in that page.

Wilhelm Steinitz

SteinitzBorn in 1836 in Prague, world champion between 1866 and 1894.
He laid down the base of positional game, therefore he is known as the founder of the modern chess. No doubt, Steinitz has opened a new chapter in the history of the game. Because of his careness, efforts for the economical play, the great attackers of his age (Chigorin, Gunsberg) have lost in order. His approach was not appreciated by the age he lived in. Players didn't take too much care of the pawn, the structure of the game, opposing to Steinitz, who probably took too much care of these.
On the first official world championship, in 1886 in New York and in St. Luis, Steinitz played 10:5 with 5 draws against the Polish Johannes Hermann Zukertort. He defended his title against Isidor Gunsberg, and twice against Mihail Chigorin too. Then lost it in 1894 against Emanuel Lasker in the final.
Finished his life in 1900 in New York in a mental hospital.
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