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by hgm
Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard

I like this idea. It would be a nice improvement for crazyhouse. A couple of thoughts: Could the 'guard' files be colored differently than the rest of the board? If black held two pawns, would you put a little "2" next to the black pawn in the holdings area? Otherwise you could display two black pa...
by hgm
Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard

I guess in play the piece is actually worth more if the original piece was worth less. Of course the option /renderPiecesWithFont would allow the user to tailor the piece representation at will, using the real thing with pentagonal pieces and Japanese characters. I could not find any non-commercial ...
by hgm
Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:18 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard

OK, so the color solution is out. Wouldn't work for Shogi anyway. Winboard supports 18 different display sizes, and has FIDE-piece bitmaps for all of them. So I guess it would be easy enough to introduce some extra pieces that are displayed one or two sizes smaller. The only drawback is that you cou...
by hgm
Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:57 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Winboard Crazyhouse alpha testers wanted!
Replies: 11
Views: 3647

Winboard Crazyhouse alpha testers wanted!

I am working on providing Winboard with true Crazyhouse support, and am looking for people that are willing to test it. Send me a PM if you are interested! It will look something like this: http://home.hccnet.nl/h.g.muller/crazy.gif The holdings are displayed by piece type, with a number next to it ...
by hgm
Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard

I remember that, when I played this game as a student in Human-Human play (Bughouse, really), we actually kept representing the promoted pieces by Pawns (due to obvious hardware limitations).
by hgm
Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:44 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard

OK, thanks. From looking at the sources I already started to suspect that the WinBoard support for Crazyhouse was rather wanting. I think I have a reasonably simple kludge to fix it, though: Make the board 12 x 8 in stead of 8x8, using only the central 8 files for playing board, and the edge files t...
by hgm
Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:16 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Some notes from the CSNV awarded prize winner
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

Re: Some notes from the CSNV awarded prize winner

Gerd, you are being much too hard on yourself! It says nowhere that the prize is intended for new programmers. If it was, then the rules would not have had to be so complicated. It could just have said: "the prize goes to the new program that finishes highest". The rules were clearly set up in such ...
by hgm
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:51 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Ongoing GO programming?
Replies: 37
Views: 19558

Re: Shatranj? (was: Ongoing GO programming?)

As for piece values, I use the following as defaults: Elephant = 1000, Ferz = 1850, Knight = 4000, Rook = 5500 (all measured in millipawns.) Interesting. The main problem with Fairy-Max was that it really is designed to work with ordinary FIDE Pawns, that promote to FIDE Queens, and that such Pawns...
by hgm
Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:20 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Ongoing GO programming?
Replies: 37
Views: 19558

Re: Shatranj? (was: Ongoing GO programming?)

Fairy-Max is a Winboard engine that can be configured for Shatranj, although I am not sure about the repetition and reversible-move draw rules in that game (or even how stalemate is handled). So it might handle those completely wrong. Also the piece values are wild guesses. But it should play, even ...
by hgm
Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:00 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

BugHouse / CrazyHouse under Winboard

Has anyone been using Winboard to play CrazyHouse / Bughouse games? (e.g. on a Chess server?)

I would like to know how this works, and what kind of support Winboard offers for the piece drops, because I want to know if this can be easily adapted to make Winboard support Shogi.