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Charter and other information: Please read before posting

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CCC charter and other information : Please read before posting
talkchess wrote:I - Computer-Chess Club Charter

Important Information - Please Read Carefully

The Computer-Chess Club is a free service that has been set up by a group of individuals who became concerned with the persistent breaches of netiquette occurring on the newsgroup, rec.games.chess.computer, namely a very high level of off-topic posts and a very high level of personal insults and abuse.

It was felt that a group where a full range of computer chess ideas could be discussed, and, if necessary attacked, without also making personal attacks on the deliverer of the ideas, would be productive, and might well encourage various well-known figures who were no longer posting in rec.games.chess.computer to return to the arena of discussion without fear of insult or abuse.

Thus, the Computer-Chess Club is a moderated message board which is open to the general public (known as "members"). Its purpose is to allow the members to disseminate and exchange information as it pertains to computer chess without the distractions of personal attacks and off-topic posts.

Once a member gains access to the message board, he may read all messages and post new or response messages with the proviso that these new or response messages:

1. Are, within reason, on the topic of computer chess
2. Are not abusive in nature
3. Do not contain personal and/or libelous attacks on others
4. Are not flagrant commercial exhortations
5. Are not of questionable legal status.

A panel of moderators has the power to erase specific messages that violate the spirit of the charter of the Computer-Chess Club, and to take, if necessary, suitable sanctions against offenders.

Members of the Computer-Chess Club are solely responsible for their own posts on the CCC Message Board. The only recourse members have against any legally dubious or abusive material is to ask and assist the moderators in identifying any such material so that it may be removed swiftly.

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How to post on Talkchess

This little tutorial will guide you through some of the functionalities Talkchess offers. We'll cover how to post diagrams, games and collections of games, and how to get the best out of pgn4web. (Updated by H.G.Muller on March 2, 2024)


I- Posting positions:

To post a position, you'll need its FEN string. Then, in your post, just sandwich it between [ fen ] and [/ fen] tags. The editor on the submission form has a button to do that. For instance:

[d]1q2r1k1/5pb1/2bppnp1/p1p5/Nr2PPP1/1BBP4/1PP4Q/2KR3R w - - 0 1

Only the board and side-to-move part of the FEN are relevant; the other fields can be omitted. Note that you are not limited to 8x8 (or even rectangular) boards and orthodox pieces:

[d]a/bc/def/ghij/klmno/pqrstu**vw/ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRS/**TUVW


II- Posting a game, games collections and puzzles:
Talkchess now has the ability to display games using Paolo Casaschi's nice pgn4web replayer.

1- Posting a game:
To post a game you will need its PGN (Portable Game Notation) score. Then just add it to your post, between [ pgn] and [ /pgn] (without spaces). The editor in the submission form has a button to do that. For instance:
[pgn][Event "iOS tournament"]
[Site "Nantes, France"]
[Date "2013.01.08"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Shredder iOS"]
[Black "HIARCS iOS"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Be2 Be7 8. Qd3
O-O 9. O-O b5 10. b4 Bb7 11. a4 Nc6 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. axb5 axb5 14. Rfb1 Qc7
15. Qd4 h6 16. Be3 d5 17. e5 Ne4 18. f3 Nxc3 19. Qxc3 Rfc8 20. Rxa8 Bxa8 21.
Qxc7 Rxc7 22. Ra1 Bc6 23. c3 f5 24. g3 g5 25. Bd4 Bd8 26. Bb6 Rd7 27. Bxd8 Rxd8
28. Kf2 Be8 29. Ra6 Kf7 30. Ke3 Rb8 31. Ra7+ Kf8 32. h3 h5 33. f4 Rc8 34. Kd2
g4 35. h4 Rb8 36. Ke3 Bf7 37. Kd4 Be8 38. Bf1 Rb6 39. Rh7 Kg8 40. Rc7 Kf8 41.
Kc5 Ra6 42. Rb7 Ra3 43. Bxb5 Rxc3+ 44. Kd6 Bxb5 45. Rxb5 Kf7 46. Rb7+ Kg6 47.
Kxe6 Rxg3 48. Rf7 Rb3 49. Rxf5 Rxb4 50. Rg5+ Kh7 51. Rxh5+ Kg8 52. Rg5+ Kf8 53.
Rxg4 d4 54. f5 Rb6+ 55. Kd5 Rb5+ 56. Kd6 d3 57. Rd4 Rb8 58. Ke6 Rb6+ 59. Kd5
Kf7 60. Rxd3 Rb4 61. Rc3 Rxh4 62. Rc7+ Kg8 63. e6 Rh2 64. f6 Rd2+ 65. Ke5 Re2+
66. Kd6 Ra2 67. Rc8+ Kh7 68. f7 Ra6+ 69. Ke7 Kg6 70. f8=Q Ra7+
1-0[/pgn]

2- Posting a collection of games:
It's exactly as easy as posting a single game: post all of your PGNs between the [ pgn] [ /pgn] tags, with just a blank line between them, that way:

[ pgn]
<... insert you first PGN here ...>

<... insert your second PGN here ...>

<... insert you Xth PGN here ...>
[ /pgn]

For instance:
[pgn]
[Event "iOS tournament"]
[Site "Nantes, France"]
[Date "2013.01.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Shredder iOS"]
[Black "Chess Tiger iOS"]
[ECO "B20"]
[Opening "Sicilian Defence"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 dxe4 4. Nc3 f5 5. d3 exd3 6. Bf4 Na6 7. a3 c4 8. Nf3
Nc5 9. O-O Nf6 10. Ne5 Be6 11. cxd3 cxd3 12. b4 Nce4 13. Qa4 Bd7 14. Qb3 e6
15. Rad1 Rc8 16. Rxd3 Nxc3 17. Re1 Rc7 18. Nxd7 Rxd7 19. Rxc3 a5 20. bxa5 Ne4
21. Bxe4 fxe4 22. Qxe6 Re7 23. Qc4 Qd7 24. Bg5 Qc6 25. Qb3 Qd7 26. Rce3 Qe6
27. Qc2 Qf5 28. Bxe7 Bxe7 29. Rxe4 O-O 30. Qa2 Kh8 31. Rxe7 h6 32. R1e6 Qg5
33. Qb2 Rg8 34. Rxb7 Rc8 35. Rb8 Rxb8 36. Qxb8 Kh7 37. Qf4 Qd5 38. Qe4 Qxe4
39. Rxe4 h5 40. a6 h4 41. Rxh4 Kg8 42. a7 Kf7 43. a8=Q g5 44. Qb7 Kg6 45. Qc6
Kg7 46. Rb4 Kf8 47. Rb7 g4 48. Qc8
1-0

[Event "iOS tournament"]
[Site "Nantes, France"]
[Date "11 janv. 2013"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Stockfish iOS"]
[Black "Chess Genius iOS"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. Nf3 e6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 b5 6. a4 Bb4 7. Be2 Bb7 8. O-O a6
9. Qc2 Nf6 10. e5 Nd5 11. Ne4 Nd7 12. Bd2 O-O 13. Neg5 g6 14. Bxb4 Nxb4 15. Qd2
Nd5 16. Ne4 Kg7 17. Rfb1 Qc7 18. b3 cxb3 19. Rxb3 b4 20. Rc1 a5 21. Nh4 h6 22.
Rg3 Ba6 23. Bh5 Ne7 24. Nd6 Rg8 25. Qf4 Rgf8 26. Qg4 Rg8 27. Nxf7 Nf6 28. exf6+
Kxf7 29. Nxg6 Nxg6 30. Bxg6+ Kf8 31. Qxe6 Bc4 32. Rxc4 Rd8 33. Rxc6 Qb7 34. Rc8
Rxc8 35. Qd6+ Qe7 36. Qxe7#
1-0

[Event "iOS tournament"]
[Site "Nantes, France"]
[Date "2013.01.13"]
[Round "2"]
[White "HIARCS iOS"]
[Black "Chess Genius iOS"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. f3 d5 4. Nc3 dxe4 5. Bg5 exf3 6. Nxf3 Nd5 7. Bc4 Nxc3 8.
bxc3 f6 9. O-O b5 10. Bxb5+ c6 11. Bd3 Bg4 12. Bh4 e5 13. dxe5 Bc5+ 14. Kh1 g5
15. exf6 gxh4 16. Bg6+ hxg6 17. Re1+ Kf7 18. Ng5+ Kxf6 19. Qxg4 Qd7 20. Ne6 Qd5
21. Nxc5 g5 22. Rad1 Qxc5 23. Rf1+ Kg7 24. Rd7+ Nxd7 25. Qxd7+ Qe7 26. Qxe7+
Kh6 27. Qf7 Rhg8 28. Rf6+ Rg6 29. Qxg6#
1-0
[/pgn]
Note that you can access each game by clicking the three dots "..." in the top of the widget (or use the more visible downward arrow at the top right of the diagram if you are using FireFox or Internet Explorer): it will bring up a list of the games. Your PGNs can even include variations and comments: pgn4web will nicely take care of them.

3- getting the best out of pgn4web:
When you have a pgn4web widget in a page, there are a few hidden functionalities you should know about:
- click on a8 and you'll get debug informations
- click on b8 and get the current FEN string and the PGN score
- click on c8 to get the PGN score of the current game only
- click on d8 to get the PGN scores of all the games in the collection
- clicking on e8 will pop up a window with a great functionality: an analysis board with a javascript version of Garbochess pondering the current position!
- clicking on g8 will bring pgn4web's shortcut squares' help page in a new window
- clicking on h8 will bring pgn4web's general help.

Click h8 to get some more interesting functionalities of pgn4web (there are many!)

Here are some specially useful ones:
- a1 : go to game start (Note that you can also click on any move in the list to reach this position)
- b1 : go to game end
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Te following legally binding agreement exsists between the Dutch Computer Chess Association and the TalkChess Founder Group:
DATE : _______________________

OWNERSHIP AGREEMENT DOMAIN NAME TALKCHESS.COM

(A) The Computerschaak Vereniging Nederland (CSVN), hereafter called the CSVN
a Dutch association with full legal capacity, Dutch Chamber of Commerce
registration number 40533559. Its purpose is the promotion of computer chess in
the widest sense of the word.

(B) The Founder Group, hereafter called the FG
an independent group of 3 people who want to transfer the ownership of the domain
name “talkchess.com” to the CSVN.

PARTIES

(A) The CSVN
Ruud Martin (chairman) Theo Reijnen (treasurer)
Vlasblok 11 Luzernevlinder 58
4741 GA Hoeven 3544 DK Utrecht
The Netherlands The Netherlands

(B) The FG
Ed Schröder Chris Whittington Harm Geert Müller
Berberispad 1 Vlasdonk 21
7421 CN Deventer 1112 JD Diemen
The Netherlands The Netherlands

Background Statement

In 1997 a group of chess enthusiasts (among them Chris Whittington and Ed Schröder)
created a computer chess forum called the “Computer Chess Club” hosted by ChessUSA,
an American company who owned the domain name “talkchess.com” on which the forum
runs.

In 2023 ChessUSA offered “talkchess.com” for sale. A crowdfunding among the forum
members produced 2635 dollar and was offered to ChessUSA and accepted.
It’s the desire of the FG to find a new stable and reliable partner and host for years and
decades to come and the CSVN was our best choice.

Agreement

Terms of Agreement
After signing this contract the FG will contact ChessUSA who upon our agreement with
them will transfer the ownership of the domain name “talkchess.com” to the CSVN.

1. The CSVN will accept the ownership of the domain name “talkchess.com”, and is
responsible to pay the yearly bill of the name registration of this name and for establishing
and maintaining the link of the domain name to the IP address specified by the FG.

2. The CSVN has no authority over or responsibility for any activity within this named domain
or any subdomain thereof. In particular the hosting of the forum is an activity controlled
by the FG.

3. The FG and its installed moderators are responsible to keep the forum on topic, thus
talks are about computer chess only and while free speech is high valued, personal
attacks, links to illegal material (downloads), commercial advertising are not tolerated.

4. In the hypothetical case the CSVN receives complaints about certain content in the
forum the FG and its moderators are obliged to assist the CSVN in any reasonable way,
for instance by removing posts, banning the member in question. In the hypothetical
case the CSVN and the FG and its moderators don’t reach an agreement both parties
may (or may not) terminate this contract as stipulated in [5] of this chapter.

5. Both parties have the right to terminate this contract at any time, in which case both
parties are obliged to cooperate in the transfer of the ownership of the domain name
“talkchess.com” to the FG within a month.

6. Both parties will appoint one person to be the direct point of contact. For the CSVN this
will initially be the treasurer of the association, for the FG this will be appointed.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed as of the day and year first above
written.

For the FG: For the CSVN:
By: Ed Schröder Date: Ruud Martin Date:
By: Chris Wittington Date: Theo Reijnen Date:
By: Harm Geert Müller Date:
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For the moment the FG members are your new moderators. In the near future (when the forum software is able) we (the FG) will call for and organize moderator elections.

. Chris Whittington
. Harm Geert Müller
. Ed Schröder
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