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bullmoose 34 ( +1 | -1 )
Analyse the board feature I'm interested in what the higher rated players think of this feature.
I've started using it as an aid to calculation & have begun to rely on it in the endgame. I feel this may not be a good habit to get into for OTB games where it's just you & your head.

Does anyone else think this? Do the top GK players make use of this?


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zdrak 69 ( +1 | -1 )
An OTB game and a correspondence game (or a "turn-based game", as they sometimes call it here) are two different things entirely.

If you want to play the games here on GK "as if" they were OTB games, that's up to you. But I feel you'd be missing much on the specific experience of a correspondence game - ie. being able to consider moves at your leisure, shuffle some pieces around, and making a move only when you're absolutely certain it's the best one.

My advice to you - don't put handicaps on yourself. Just do your best to succeed in any given game. And here on GK, it means analyzing the board properly.... who knows, maybe you'll discover some amazing combinations you would have missed otherwise ?!
roblear 21 ( +1 | -1 )
'k - i'm not a big rating player but for the record, when i found this function it was a great help to relatively new starters like me...
still doesn't stop me making dumb moves from time to time....
acne 9 ( +1 | -1 )
if i had used that more often, my rating would have been higher.
roblear 8 ( +1 | -1 )
acne i'd like to say the same myself, but i don't think it would help me that much.....
victord 11 ( +1 | -1 )
...---... I found it to be a big help to me as I am not good at "visualizing" what the board will look like after a few moves.
certainratio 48 ( +1 | -1 )
am i missing something? When I click on "analyze the board" a separate
window comes up with a board containing the
current position in the game. There are
buttons below the board which allow me to replay
the moves of the game. But I cannot move
the pieces around and try out future lines of
play. It seems as though the people in this
thread are talking as if this is possible.
Am I missing something? Or am I misunderstanding
the conversation? Or perhaps this is a feature
for paying members only?

bullmoose 56 ( +1 | -1 )
nope It's a standard feature.
It seems to work a bit more slowly then the main game interface but you can click on any piece & then click anywhere else & it'll put that piece down there. It's a board setup interface so it doesn't understand legal moves. Give it another go!

Zdrak - good point - I guess I'm trying to use GK for OTB practice but it's not really like that given the timescales involved. I fear not being able to analyse though if I get lazy with this feature. It's sort of the opposite to learning to play blind!

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certainratio 32 ( +1 | -1 )
still doesn't work Well, thanks for the information bullmoose.
Unfortunately, this feature does not work
for me. clicking on the pieces has no effect
(even after several minutes of waiting).
I wonder what the problem is. Everything else
on the site seems to work fine for me.

Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

roblear 9 ( +1 | -1 )
get in touch with mike..
the new window should allow you to move any piece anywhere...
atrifix 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Analyzing Well, if you decide to use gameknot for OTB practice, that's your decision. You will probably improve more in OTB if you don't use the analyze the board feature and just look at the board. However, if your goal is to win games on gameknot, then I suggest not only using this feature, but setting up the position on a chessboard and moving the pieces around. I *always* analyze correspondence / turn-based games on an actual chess board.
cosanostra 20 ( +1 | -1 )
well I do not use that feature as I think it as help and it's better for me as a chessplayer to analyze in my head. It's amazing how quick you can adapt a position and think about it in your head- with a little practise of course.
acne 20 ( +1 | -1 )
just like you play the games, click the piece you want to move then click the destination of that piece. special case is castling, you've to click the king and the rook.
acne 3 ( +1 | -1 )
cosanostra how do you practise that? thanks
certainratio 4 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks acne but none of the pieces will move
victord 60 ( +1 | -1 )
...---... click on the piece..wait..the piece chosen should show a 'red square' outline..then you can move on the square you want to place it.
Always wait for the designated piece to become outlined in red....if it doesn't..something webmaster.

If your connection is slow this could be your problem. I used to have quite a delay waiting for the 'red square' when useing a phone line connection. Cable like a charm
Hope this helps.
luck victord
bafverfeldt1981 30 ( +1 | -1 )
acne When I got a free moment I replay a game in my head. It can be while shopping in the store, cooking etc etc. The hardest part is to transact text into images, at least that is what I think.

After a while you can start to recognize positions in your head which also helps you OTB a lot.
jcgarcowski 14 ( +1 | -1 )
certainratio I've found that some versions of netscape (4.x) don't work with the analyze the board feature. Use IE, or Mozilla (Netscape 6.x).

Jason C. Garcowski
bibip 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Analyse the board I find this feature isn't at the same great level of the rest of site.
You can't go forward and back in your analysis, if you make a mistake then you need to beguin again...
I know better boards in places much worse than GK.
bullmoose 39 ( +1 | -1 )
Hey - think I've cracked the problem CertainRatio - I use Mozilla which is very similar to Netscape. There's an option to allow java script to 'change images' (in Mozilla it's under Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Scripts and Plugins).
If this is not set (which it may not be if you're using high security options) then the Analyse Board feature won't let you change anything - if this is enabled it works fine.

Hope this helps.

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triangulator 17 ( +1 | -1 )
If you want to be a good otb player... I wouldnt use the feature simply because it isnt allowed in otb games, I only use it in realy tactical games, and
i dont have many of those here
thumper 14 ( +1 | -1 )
otb skills The only time I use that feature is when I'm explaining something to my son who is learning to play. I don't flip the board either. Try doing either otb.